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John Paul Echoff

In Loving Memory

John Paul Echoff

3/21/1942 - 3/4/2018

John Paul Echoff, age 75, of Santa Fe, passed away March 4, 2018 at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. John was born on March 21, 1942 to Lance L. Echoff and Lois Starkey Echoff and raised in his native city Houston, TX.

John was prideful of his service to his community and country serving to protect during his 6 years in the Marines, 25 years as a Texas Guard and 43 years of service with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. During his tenure with the HCSO, John set precedence for future crime stopper shows as the host of the local show: City Under Siege Houston’s Most Wanted for 9 years.

After John’s retirement from the HCSO he remained active in his community. As an avid gun collector and advocate for gun safety he used his expertise to teach gun safety classes. Many weekends were spent enjoying another hobby working security for a friend at a local Auction House. To support his community further he was a Master Mason and Past Master of Serenity Lodge 1462 in Hitchcock, TX. He was also a charter member of Wahoo Grotto, and a member of the Chenault Riders Masonic Motorcycle Club.

Anyone who knew John knew him to be a proud man. He was proud of his accomplishments, his family and numerous friends. He enjoyed the many opportunities to travel with his wife Linn, visiting friends and family near or far. He was a very generous individual sharing his time and advice with anyone who needed him.

John will be missed by many. Anyone who knew him, knew their own version of the man and the person they grew to love and admire. It is without a doubt that there are many stories that could be told of John today that would show how cherished he is by so many.

John was preceded in death by his mother, Louise Skelly; father, James Loyal Echoff; step-father, Clarence Hudson; brothers, James Skelly and Jack Lance; niece, Sherry Renfro Walker and great niece, Katie Walker.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Linn Echoff; step-son, Matthew Tyler and partner Rob Hurd; granddaughter, Kailtyn Tyler; step-son, Nathan Tyler and wife Susan Tyler; sister, Joanne Renfro; nephew, Billy Renfro and wife Sue Renfro; Van Walker (husband to Sherry Renfro Walker); grand nephews, Timothy, Jessie and Brandon Walker.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at the Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with Chaplain Lt. Shannon Bowdoin officiating..  Interment will follow at the South Park Cemetery in Pearland, TX.

Reception and fellowship for those who wish to join the family will be held at the VFW Post, 11230 Hwy 6, Santa Fe, TX 77510.

Condolences may be sent to the Echoff family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

March 7,2018 - 1:15 pm

Walter C Presley

To the immediate family and friends. Precious memories how they linger. May God continue to comfort and console your hearts during this time. I'll never forget what The Echoff's meant and done for me! much love Your Friend.


March 7,2018 - 2:20 pm

Jolene Ferguson Rudisill

I can’t believe my beloved Uncle John Paul has passed. Thank you for all the lessons, the loan of your pool, the Sheriff’s sticker for my first car and all the advice whether I listened to it or not. You will be missed just as you were loved...deeply.


March 7,2018 - 4:05 pm

Mike Faas

John brought me to the Academy as a novice instructor in 1975. He was a great mentor and friend. I always tried to emulate his teaching style. The law enforcement community has lost a great one.


March 6,2018 - 9:00 am


John was one of the 1st people at the Sheriff's Office I met a long time ago. He was a great instructor, trainer, cop, brother, and most of all a great man who loved his family and friends. Thanks for the ride- JJ


March 7,2018 - 7:45 am

Kathryn L. Unger

We are so sorry for your loss, prayers to you and your family


March 7,2018 - 8:25 am

Randy wilkin and donna ashley

We’re so sorry Linn, John was a great guy. He will be greatly missed but he has left great memories.


March 7,2018 - 7:37 am

Loti Brewer

John was my first instructor at Harris County Sherrif Office. We worked together for many years on Patrol. John was a man and great friend who I have always admired and respected. God speed and may you RIP.


March 8,2018 - 1:29 pm

Sgt. Scott Ashmore

My condolences to the family. Work prevented me from attending services. I knew John from the jail, and when I worked IAD. I had to interview him once on a case I had. I told him not to be nervous. He told me, "You don't scare me, boy." We kept in touch after he retired on Facebook. Rest easy my friend, you deserve it.


March 6,2018 - 6:47 pm

Andy Ruth and Cate Butts

Aunt Sis and family, we love you guys and we give our prayers and condolences to you guys. May God comfort you during this difficult time. God bless you!


March 6,2018 - 8:18 pm

Joe M. "Joey" Schultea.

I will always remember those 2 wheeled times we had John. May God hold you and your family in the palm of his hands.


March 8,2018 - 7:21 am

Richard Ybarra

Being a member of the Great Milby Class of 1960 and knowing John for all these years has been an honor. God Speed my friend.


March 7,2018 - 5:24 pm

Ebb B Owen sgt hcso retired

Enjoyed many good times with John and Linn highly respected and loved by us. Helped so many people get jobs and learn to shoot will not be forgotten, proud Milby graduate


March 6,2018 - 2:40 pm

Terri L Martin

John, you will be greatly missed. The thing I will remember most about you is your great smile. It was especially bright when trying to cheer up others, despite what you may have going on in your own life.


March 7,2018 - 4:46 pm

Fran Fawcett Peterson

May the blessings of Jesus Christ be with you Linn and all of John's family. I feel so very blessed to have known and worked with John. He was a magnificent gentleman and professional. He pioneered Crime Stoppers for Houston with great dignity. It was an honor to work with him on City Under Siege all those years. I am so very sorry he is not here on earth with us, however, I know he is in heaven watching over all those he knew and loved.


March 6,2018 - 11:55 am

WJ Strong

No better person to have as a friend. Semper Fi old friend. God Speed.


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