Memorial fund established for family of Boone police officer, who was 'a great friend to many'
Funeral services have been set and a memorial fund has been established for 26-year-old Boone police officer Mario Gonzalez, who died in a single-vehicle crash Nov. 20, according to his obituary.
A visitation is planned for 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Boone High School gymnasium. The memorial service will also take place at the gymnasium at 10 a.m. Saturday, with military honors to follow at the Veterans Monument in Linwood Park Cemetery.
Donations to Gonzalez's family can be made out to the Mario Gonzalez Memorial Fund and dropped off or mailed to any VisionBank branch location.
Born in Mission, Texas, on Feb. 11, 1995, Gonzalez joined the Iowa Army National Guard at age 17, according to his obituary. He went to basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and graduated Boone High School with the class of 2013.
Gonzalez later trained to become a radiology specialist at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, and went on to serve as a 68P at the Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He joined the Army infantry in 2015, and joined the Boone Police Department as a full-time officer in 2016, his obituary said.
Gonzalez served as a full-time officer with the Boone Police Department until 2019, when he started working as a part-time officer.
He is survived by his wife and their two young children, as well as four brothers, one sister, his parents and numerous extended family members.
In his obituary, Gonzalez was described as "a great friend to many and (a) committed police officer to the citizens of Boone."
"Our hearts are torn and broken. He will be missed dearly, but we know that Jesus has him in His loving arms and we will see him again," his obituary said.
In a Facebook post Monday, the Boone Police Department said Gonzalez was "the light of any room he was in."
"He took his oath to Serve and Protect very seriously and would go above and beyond to help people, both on and off duty," the post said.