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.