The Edmond Sun

October 7, 2013

Community honors life of a public servant, hero

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Family members, colleagues and friends celebrated the life of Edmond Police Detective Matt Terry Monday, honoring him with a funeral procession and special honors during a graveside service.   

On Oct. 2, Terry, 41, died unexpectedly of natural causes, family members stated in his obituary.

“Matt was always the life of the party and the happiest guy in every room,” they wrote. “His gift for a well-timed joke and love of a good laugh will never be forgotten. He was the kind of person everyone loved to be around, especially when his beloved Sooners were winning.”

Following a service at the First Presbyterian Church, 1001 S. Rankin, the full honor guard processional headed through south Edmond to Memorial Park Cemetery.

It included a long column of Police Department motorcycles and cars. Support came from numerous local and state agencies including the Edmond Fire Department. First responders from outside Edmond filled in, allowing city colleagues to attend services.

Terry received full honors at both services, including a 21-gun salute, presentation of the American flag to the widow and the detective’s last call from dispatch over the radio.

Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said Terry, a 19-year veteran with the department, is the first active duty death of an Edmond Police officer. In April 2002, Terry was awarded the Medal of Valor for bravely rushing into a burning home to rescue the homeowner. In 2007, after working to identify and solve the murder of an unidentified victim, he was named the Police Department Officer of the Year.

More importantly, family members stated in his obituary, Matt earned the undying friendship, respect, loyalty and devotion of his brothers and sisters in arms and returned it to them freely.

He began his Edmond Police career as a patrol officer.

Survivors include his wife and daughter. 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.