EDMOND — Special to The Sun
Detective Matt Terry, a 19-year veteran of the Edmond Police Department, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes Wednesday.
Terry joined the department in June 1994 as a patrol officer. He served in the same capacity until 2004 when he was promoted to detective, a title held until his passing.
During his time with the department, Terry was recognized several times for distinguished work. This includes being named the Elks Officer of the year in 2007, receiving the Medal of Valor in 2002 and being named Edmond Police Department Employee of the Month in April 2000, March 2002 and January 2007.
“There are no words to express our shock and sadness in losing Matt. Without a doubt, he will be remembered as the department prankster. He loved a good practical joke. Matt was the source of a lot of laughter inside the PD walls,” said Bob Ricks, Edmond police chief.
Terry is survived by his wife of 18 years, Kathy, and one teenage daughter.
Funeral services have been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1001 S. Rankin St., in Edmond. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, southeast corner of Kelley Avenue and Memorial Road in Oklahoma City.
Due to limited parking at the church, overflow parking will be available at Hafer Park at Ninth and Bryant with bus service beginning at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Matt Terry Benefit Account at BancFirst, P.O. Box 3370, Edmond, OK 73083.