By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer
Steve Myrick of Clovis said the hardest part about his son’s accidental death was not being able to say goodbye.
Matthew Myrick’s four children did the best they could. They wrote letters to their father, a Texas state trooper who was killed while on duty Jan. 20 in a one-vehicle accident near Hereford, Texas. The children taped the letters to balloons, and released them into the sky. In the letters, they asked their dad about heaven, Steve Myrick said.
Matthew Myrick, 36, was buried Monday in Clovis’ Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
A trooper since 2004, Myrick loved his job because he could help people and spend time with his family, said his mother, Judy Myrick of Clovis.
“He had finally found something he loved to do,” she said.
Officers from California, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma attended Myrick’s funeral, leading a 58-mile funeral procession between Myrick’s Hereford church and his Clovis grave, Myrick’s parents said.
Even though he lived in several places after leaving Clovis, he considered Clovis his home, Judy Myrick said
More than a thousand people were at the funeral, a service fit for the president, Judy Myrick said.
“He made good friends, wherever he lived, a lot of close friends,” she said.
Steve Myrick said his son was blessed with many talents.
“He loved working on things. He showed lambs and horses and rebuilt a car,” Steve Myrick said.
As a senior in high school Myrick fixed up an old red corvette, surprising his mother with how he brought the sports car back to life, she said.
Myrick earned a master’s degree in agronomy and was an expert in turf, said Steve Myrick, pointing out the kitchen window of his Clovis home to the front lawn.
“He talked us into planting two types of grass,” Steve Myrick said, while his wife laughed. She said visitors often comment that their lawn looks multicolored in the winter.
After a few failed relationships, Myrick told his parents he was going to wait a year to date again.
“He called a week later and said he had met the most wonderful, beautiful, Christian woman,” said Judy Myrick, smiling, her eyes wet with tears.
Matthew Myrick married Christy Alison Butler in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 2, 1993.
“God picked the perfect mate for him. They balance each other out,” she said.
Myrick was a strong believer in a higher power, said his parents.
“He’s here,” Judy Myrick said as she looked up and around her shoulder.
“We believe we’ll see him again someday,” Steve Myrick said.
How to help
Memorial contributions for Myrick’s children (Matilyn, Tate, Luke and Embry) can be made to: First Bank of the South West, Myrick Education Fund, P.O Box 593, Hereford, Texas, 79045.
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