City of Big Lake Says Goodbye to Deputy Josh Mitchell

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

BIG LAKE - It was a sad but special farewell to fallen Reagan County Deputy Josh Mitchell.

His funeral service was held on Wednesday morning at First Baptist Church in Big Lake.

Family, friends, pastors and even the Sheriff shared their favorite memories of the easy going 26-year-old.

Exactly one week ago, the young deputy was shot and killed by Marcus Madison.

But Josh's death wasn't the focus of Wednesday's service.

It was to remember the life he lived and how many people he touched.

Wednesday was an emotional day for residents of Reagan County and beyond as they gathered to say goodbye to one of their own, a deputy who was killed in the line of duty just one week ago.

A capacity crowd packed the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Big Lake as well as two overflow areas for the funeral of 26-year-old Josh Mitchell.

It was clear from the outset that both grief and pride were flowing as mourners came together not only to deal with the tragedy of a life needlessly cut short but also to remember a man who leaves behind a legacy of service above self.

Family members say that even though this was a tough day, it was also overwhelming to see the number of people who knew Deputy Mitchell and came to show their support.

The family got a sense of just how many lives he touched.

After the funeral, officers honored their fallen brother by way of a 21 gun salute.

Mitchell was later buried at Stiles Cemetery, not far from where he made his home with his wife, Jill.