Lufkin Police officer dies from surgery complications

Photo source: Lufkin Police Department.
Photo source: Lufkin Police Department.

From Lufkin Police

LUFKIN, TX-Lufkin Police Department Officer Eric Willmon died, Tuesday, April 17.

Eric served the citizens of Lufkin for more than ten years and his passing leaves an enormous hole, that can never be filled, in the lives of his family, his friends, his Department, and his community.

"In everything that he did, he would always put people first," said Micah Williams, WIllmon's brother-in-law

In 2011, Eric was diagnosed with, and later beat, lymphoma. His battle with cancer caused an abnormality in the functioning of his heart and his death was the result of complications from surgery performed to restore normal function.

"He would have chemo treatments and he would come home and go to his son's high school baseball games and would sit there hours out of chemo treatments," said Williams.

Assistant Lufkin Police Chief Gerald Williamson remembers Eric as "a model police officer, reliable, dependable, consistent, thorough, and professional."

Chief Williamson said, "He was such a good mix in every way, personally and professionally. He didn't neglect any duty, no matter how small, and he didn't take matters further than necessary. He truly served the citizens of Lufkin with distinction."

Eric followed his father, Don Willmon, into law enforcement.

In 1979, Don Willmon died in the line of duty while serving as a reserve peace officer for Angelina County Sheriff's Office.

Eric was much like his father; both were universally respected by their peers and the communities they served.

"Eric honored his father in the way that he lived his life as a husband, as a father and as a servant to our community," said Williams.

Lufkin Police Department lost a beloved member of its family and appreciates the many thoughts, well wishes, and prayers of the public.

Funeral Services for Eric Willmon are Saturday April 21st at 10:30 a.m. at Lufkin's First Assembly of God.

Visitation will be Friday April 20th at 6:00 p.m. at Carroway Funeral Home.