School resource officer Mike Garner found dead of natural causes at home
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Memorial services for Mabank Police Officer Mike Garner are set for 2 p.m. Friday (tomorrow) at Eubank Memorial Chapel, located on South Third Street in Mabank.
Police chief Kyle McAfee confirmed the death of one of his officers Monday.
Officer Mike Garner had been assigned to the Mabank ISD, as its resource officer and he even taught a new class on law enforcement at the high school campus.
He exhibited a strong passion for teaching and working with young people.
When he did not appear for work Monday morning, nor notify dispatch of his intended absence, McAfee sent an officer to his residence.
Officers found Garner with no life signs in his room. He was 56.
Kaufman County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Johnny Adams pronounced the death from natural causes at 8:30 a.m.
Garner had been a Mabank police officer since 2000 and assigned to the school district since 2004, where he was a steady and reassuring presence on the high school campus and throughout the district.
Visitation is set for 6-8 p.m. Thursday (today) at the Eubank funeral home.
He relocated to Cedar Creek Lake in the mid 1980s and also had worked for the Gun Barrel City Police Department for six years. In his last year there, he served as police chief.
All told his career in law enforcement spanned 33 years.
He is survived by his mother, Helen Garner, of Ben Wheeler, two daughters of Wills Point and Athens and a brother, also from Athens.