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Apr 20, 2012 - Staff
Jaime Padron, 40, died while on duty as an officer for the Austin (Texas) Police Department on Friday, April 6, 2012. He was related to Jerry and Faye Cox, Betty Cox and Eric, and Elana Cox of Riverton.
Funeral services, with honors, were on Wednesday, April 11, at Shoreline Church in Austin. His body was then taken to San Angelo, Texas, for a rosary and funeral mass. U.S. Marine Corps honors followed in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens in San Angelo.
Jaime Padron was born in San Angelo, Texas, on July 5, 1971, the son of Juan and Zoila Padron. He was graduated from Christoval High School in 1989, where he played football.
He joined the U.S. Marine Corps that summer. While in the Marine Corps, he received numerous recognitions, commendations and medals. He was a veteran of Desert Storm and completed his tour of duty with the Marine Corps in 1997.
Mr. Padron then worked for his father at the family dairy for about a year before he went to work for the Eden (Texas) Detention Center as a prison guard. He was graduated from the San Angelo Police Academy in 1995 and served as a patrol officer for the city of San Angelo for over 13 years, also serving as a member of the gang unit and a narcotics investigator.
He received awards from the Texas Narcotics Officers Association, Crime Stoppers of San Angelo, and Austin Police Department.
Mr. Padron received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a supporting degree in criminal justice, graduating with honors from Angelo State University in 2004.
At the time of his death, Officer Padron was responding to an early-morning call about a drunk man inside an Austin Wal-Mart store. Officials said the suspect attacked Padron as soon as he arrived at the store and the officer didn't have a chance to even pull out his own weapon. "The suspect produced a semi-automatic pistol and shot the officer at point blank range," Chief Art Acevedo said. The wounded officer was able to call for help using his police radio, he added.
His family said Mr. Padron enjoyed Harley Davison motorcycles, playing golf, and was an avid runner.
Mr. Padron is survived by his daughters, Livi, age 6, and Ari, ag e 10, and their mother, Am Padron of Round Rock, Texas; his parents, Juan and Zoila Padron of Knickerbocker, Texas; brother, Johnny Padron and his wife Floria and their children, John and Gabby, of Knickerbocker, Texas; sister, Linda Dias and her husband Steve and their children, Christina and Steven, of San Angelo, Texas; brother, Joe Padron of San Angelo, Jerry and Faye Cox, Betty Cox and Eric, and Elana Cox of Riverton.