Todd Mission Police Chief Johnny Martinez, who worked for the Grimes County Sheriff's Office for several years before taking the reins as Todd Mission PD's leader in 2015, died Wednesday afternoon in his office.
He was 53.
According to Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell, Martinez was found at his desk just before 3 p.m. Martinez likely died from a medical episode, Sowell said.
Martinez worked in law enforcement for many years, serving as a patrolman, investigator, captain and chief deputy with the Grimes County Sheriff's Office. He also worked at the College Station Police Department at one time. Martinez worked as a reserve officer for the Todd Mission Police Department for about 10 years before taking over as police chief in 2015. He oversaw security operations for the Texas Renaissance Festival, where he had worked for decades, Sowell said in a post on the Grimes County Facebook page.
According to an article in the Navasota Examiner published when Martinez was promoted, he was a 1992 graduate of the Texas A&M police academy.
"I hate seeing bad things happen to good people," Martinez told the Examiner. "That is what keeps me going, trying to make things right."
Vernon Fox, who employed Martinez at a police uniform manufacturing company while Martinez worked part time with the Todd Mission PD, remembered the police chief as loyal and committed.
"He was a hard worker," Fox said. "He was dedicated, committed, and went at things with everything that he had."
Martinez lived in the small town of Pinehurst and commuted to Todd Mission, Sowell said. He has three children, two of whom live in Bryan and one who lives in San Antonio. He is also survived by his mother, who lives in Bryan.
The officer was friendly, lived an organized life, had an obsession with playing golf and he went the extra mile not to let anyone down when he gave them his word.
"His integrity was never in question," Fox said.
Sowell said Martinez was taken to Lindley-Robertson-Holt Funeral Home in Navasota. Funeral arrangements are pending.