Mikeal John Connors

Mikeal John Connors  Age:54  Tour:19 years  End of Watch: October 23, 2015

Mikeal John Connors

Age:54

Tour:19 years

End of Watch: October 23, 2015

Mikeal John Connors passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, October 23, 2015, at the age of 54.  He was born on August 16, 1961 in White Sulphur Springs, Montana to the union of Bernard and Kathleen Connors.  Mike was raised on a farm and graduated from Laurel High School.  He has worked as a Border Patrol agent out of Sonoita, Arizona for 19 years and resided in Sierra Vista with his much loved wife Diane and two German Short haired Pointers.

Mike was an avid outdoors-man who excelled at every endeavor he took on.  He was an exceptional hunter, fisherman, gardener, cook, athlete, artist and mechanic.   There wasn’t anything Mike couldn’t do well.  His greatest accomplishment was raising his two children.  He was a father unlike any other.  Before leaving, he instilled in them all the tools they would need to follow in his footsteps to become equally accomplished.  He was a selfless man who enjoyed sharing his many talents with those around him.  Mike had an outstanding ability to make everyone around him feel loved with his enthusiasm and charismatic personality. He was a truly honest, ever hardworking man, who will be dearly missed by many.  

Mike’s law enforcement career began at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility in Billings, Montana.  There, he worked his way up to the Assistant Commander/Lieutenant position before beginning his career with the Border Patrol.   After completion of the Border Patrol Academy in 1996, Mike went on to indulge himself in several different task forces that the patrol had to offer.  First, he took on the role of being a firearms instructor.  In this position he passed down his expertise of firearms to each of his trainees.    Next, Mike found his true passion working as a canine handler.   He quickly excelled in this task force winning multiple Top Dog awards with his canine Raiza, which lead him to passing his knowledge and passion down to future handlers.  Some of the recognition's he received included his sincere dedication and exceptional contribution while instructing at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Canine Enforcement Training Center, his enthusiastic initiative, going above and beyond the scope of his duties, willingness to pursue challenging and innovative ways of training dogs, and ultimately for his outstanding performance in the development and delivery of the Integrated K9 Concealed Human Narcotic Detector Dog Pilot Course.  His guidance and leadership were distinct assets to each of the students who had him as an instructor.  

After the passing of his canine Raiza, Mike moved back into the field and quickly picked up the next task force as a S.A.M. (Supplemental Aircrew Member).  Here he was a mobile Border Patrol Agent who assisted the pilot, operated the FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared Radar), GPS, moving maps, and other electronics.  Before flights he would get all of the gear on the flight depending on the mission at hand, prepared the aircraft for flight and did it all with his own initiative and a humble, great attitude.  This task force was only supposed to be for a couple of months, but after earning the absolute respect of the pilots, he stayed working on this task force for over five years.  Pilots he flew with said he set the bar for the S.A.M. program.  His amazing work ethic, compassionate nature, and utter selflessness have made him a legend among his peers.  

Mikeal is survived by his devoted wife of 31 years, Diane; loving daughter, Danielle Jozwiak and spouse Jay Jozwiak; treasured son, Bryan Connors with fiancé  Diana Mendoza, and soon to be grandson; loyal sister, Michelle Steffans and spouse Tim Steffans; beloved brother, Mitchel Connors and spouse Cindy Connors; and kind stepmother, Becky Connors.  Mike was also deeply loved, cherished, and adored by his large family of many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.  He was a role model and mentor to all of us, as well as all of the agents and throughout the Border Patrol family.  Those who knew Mike quickly fell in love with his compassionate spirit. 

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Sean J. Sather

Sean J. Sather  Age: 47  Tour: 12 years  End of Watch: October 17, 2015

Sean J. Sather

Age: 47

Tour: 12 years

End of Watch: October 17, 2015

Sean J. Sather, 47, passed away in Gallup, New Mexico on Saturday October 17, 2015. Sean was born to be an artist – he loved arts and crafts: painting, sculpture, wire art, photography, drawing and anything creative. After moving to San Diego with his wife Dana in 1998, Sean opened a vintage clothing store and ran an art gallery before becoming a proud Border Patrol agent for almost 13 years. Some of his hobbies included riding his motorcycle, looking at old cars, and being a loving father always there for his kids.

Sean is survived by his wife of 23 years, Dana Sather (nee Shapiro), his daughters Rachel and Kathryn, parents Richard and Kathryn, brothers Eric, Scott and Keith, nieces Samantha, Kaitlyn and Sydney, nephews Brandon, Benjamin and Ryan, and many loving family, friends and coworkers.

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Raul January

Raul January  Age: 46  Tour: 15 years  End of Watch: October 13, 2015

Raul January

Age: 46

Tour: 15 years

End of Watch: October 13, 2015

Raul January, 46, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Born in Brighton, Colorado, formerly of Katy, Texas, he lived in Mesa, Arizona for the past four years. Mr. January proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps (Staff Sergeant), the United States Army (Captain, Retired) and was employed by the United States Customs and Border Protection as a Senior Intelligence Agent for almost 15 years. Raul was the most loving, caring, self-less, compassionate, family man who lived to serve God, country and family.

Mr. January served as a Recruiter and Peer Support Coordinator for Border Patrol and a member of UTSA, Phi Delta Theta. A veteran Military Intelligence Officer (MI), he served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm and in Afghanistan.

Raul is survived by his wife Ariza January; a son Ashton R. January; his parents, Mary Lou and Timoteo Flores, Jr.; four siblings, Cynthia Ann Kimble, Ishmael Timoteo Flores, Rosalba Sharp and RJ Martinez; numerous uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

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Saul Herrera

Saul Herrera  Age: 46  Tour: 13 years  End of watch: February 2015

Saul Herrera

Age: 46

Tour: 13 years

End of watch: February 2015

Mr. Saul Herrera was born on February 20, 1969 and died suddenly. His parents Jesus and Natalia Herrera precede him in death.

He was a native of Brownsville, Texas and graduated from Homer Hannah High School in 1988. He immediately joined the Army and is a veteran of Desert Storm/ Desert Shield and participated in the Noriega invasion and capture.

Saul married Lilly Cortez of Sebastian on February 28, 1998. They lived in Harlingen, Texas until his employment with the US Border Patrol in 2002. He was stationed in Casa Grande, AZ until December 2011 where he then transferred to Hebbronville station.

He is survived by his wife Lilly Cortez, children John Cortez of Harlingen, Texas, Will Ramirez, William and Julianne of Bishop. Also surviving him are his precious grandchildren Antonio Ramirez of Casa Grande, AZ and Johnlyn Cortez of Harlingen, Texas, brother Benito Vasquez and sister Maria Franco. Saul is now joined with his grandson Johnathon Cortez in heaven.

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Barrett C. Blick

Barrett C. Blick  Age: 35  Tour: Unknown  EOW: Jan 2, 2015   

Barrett C. Blick

Age: 35

Tour: Unknown

EOW: Jan 2, 2015

 

Barrett C. Blick, age 35, passed away January 2, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born October 5, 1979, in Lansing, Michigan to David and Cheryl (Ward) Blick. Barrett was a youth pastor and active in missionary work in the Rio Grande Valley, where he met his wife, Lissette. He had a tremendous gift to light up a room with his "larger than life" personality. His drive and desire to serve the local church and reaching out to the young people was a beautiful gift he gave to his community.

He later joined the Army and their first child was born in Germany. After returning to the United States, he applied and was accepted to the U.S. Border Patrol where he served out of the office in Uvalde, Texas. Barrett served as Chaplain in the Border Patrol and was known for his compassion and always wanting to help others. He was a devoted member of Westover Hills Assembly of God. Barrett's boisterous laugh, perpetual singing, priceless dance moves, and captivating heart will always be remembered by all.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Paul. Barrett is survived by his wife of ten years, Lissette; son, Tristan; son, Alizdarr; daughter, Lieselotte; mother, Cheryl Jenkins (Brett); father, David Blick (Gina); brother, Aaron Blick; and numerous friends and extended family.

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