John William Cason

of Lubbock, TX

November 16, 1954 - September 18, 2020

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John William Cason, 65, of Lubbock passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020 in Lubbock. John was born on November 16, 1954 in Hale Center, Texas to Claude B. Cason and Willie Mae Davidson Cason. He was raised in Plainview and graduated from Plainview High School in 1972, where he was a proud member of the Bulldog men's basketball team. He attended Wayland Baptist University and Texas Tech University and worked at the Plainview Herald newspaper before moving to Lubbock in 1978.

He married Gwendolyn “Gwen” Owens on April 8, 1981 in Clovis, New Mexico. He worked for the Lubbock Police Department as a police officer and detective for 34 years and retired as a corporal. He also worked as a security guard at the Texas Tech football and basketball games, which he greatly enjoyed. He was a past member of the Lubbock Peace Officers Association and Trinity Church in Lubbock.

He loved travelling, coin-collecting, and amateur photography. He particularly enjoyed travelling to the various county seats of Texas to photograph their courthouses and town squares, and almost completed a book of every courthouse in the state. He was known to his friends and colleagues as an easy going man with a great sense of humor, known affectionately in the local law enforcement and event security communities as “Big John.” He had great affection and appreciation for the western genre of films and television programs, classic country music, and early rock music. One of his favorite songs was “Big Bad John” by fellow Plainview resident, Jimmy Dean, which could often be heard being affectionately sung back and forth between John and his adoring grandsons.

John is survived by his wife, Gwen Cason of Lubbock, daughter, Amanda Riggs and husband, Bryce, of Lubbock, 2 grandsons, Kirby and Kelly Riggs of Lubbock, 2 siblings, Carol McCauley of Frankston, Texas and Bud Cason and wife, Kathy of Hammond, Louisiana, and sister in law, Cheryl Murray of Plainview. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jerry Murray.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to any Lubbock-area fund that supports law enforcement.

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8 Condolence(s)
Debbie Beckham
Lubbock, TX
Monday, September 28, 2020

Gwen and Amanda I am so sorry to hear about John passing away 😢 If I can do anything for you please give me a call. I love you both and cannot believe he is
gone. Praying for you and you’re family 🙏🙏🙏
R.I.P. Big John Cason

Rosanna Langston
Lubbock, TX
Sunday, September 20, 2020

So sorry to hear about John. He started out as my FTO and turned out to be friend. RIP Big John

Wayne Durham
Pflugerville, TX
Sunday, September 20, 2020

I enjoyed the time we worked together in Property Crimes.

Sharon McDonald
Henderson, TX
Sunday, September 20, 2020

Much love to Aunt Gwen and Amanda! Love you both so much!

Pat & Yolanda Kelly
Lubbock, TX
Sunday, September 20, 2020


Amanda Franklin
Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sending much love and hugs for your sorrow right now! So sorry for your loss!

Janice Ables Rosson
Seagraves, TX
Sunday, September 20, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Condolences to Gwen and all the family. Danny and Janice

Kris Narvel
Canyon, TX
Saturday, September 19, 2020

I met John when I was 20 years old. He was detective at that sign. John changed my perspective on life in general. I looked at the life and career law enforcement gave him. I chose to be a police officer mostly because of him. I owe a debt of gratitude to him. I have had a wonderful career so far. I just want to say thank you John for guiding to this path. I am a better person because if you.