Family mourns Meyersville man killed in wreck

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Feb. 24, 2014 at 8:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 23, 2014 at 8:24 p.m.

Emily Haun, 16, and her brother, Quinton Haun, 23.

Emily Haun, 16, and her brother, Quinton Haun, 23.

A close-knit Meyersville family is mourning the death of their only grandson out of 10 grandchildren.

Quinton Wade Haun, also known as Billy, was their grease monkey, and he always had a smile on his face.

"We know that Jesus was waiting for him because he was a special, special child," said his grandmother, Debby Young.

Haun, 23, died Saturday night after he wrecked his 2001 black Ford pickup while traveling east on Farm-to-Market Road 447.

Haun ran off the road to the right and overcorrected to the left. His pickup came to rest on the westbound shoulder, and he was ejected, according to earlier reports.

Haun was interviewed Friday and hired Saturday to work in the service department at Atzenhoffer Chevrolet in Victoria.

"To me, he seemed like one of those guys who was born with a mechanical aptitude," said Dean Balentine, the pro shop manager.

Balentine knows Haun's grandparents and told them about the job opening Thursday. Haun showed up unannounced Friday.

"Showing up is half the battle, and Quinton showed up without even being asked to show up," Balentine said. "He initially wanted to work in a different branch of Atzenhoffer, but we needed him somewhere else, and he was willing to go and start wherever we needed him. He wasn't afraid to start at the bottom and work his way up. That's rare in this society.

"I'm very heartbroken over the whole situation," Balentine added.

"Quinton was happiest when he had grease all over him and his hands in a motor," Young said.

He hunted hogs and deer, fished along the Guadalupe River and was also resourceful.

While attending Cuero High School, he won grand champion the first time commercial heifers were ever sold in Cuero, Young said.

One of her fondest memories of Haun was when he participated in a mudding event at the Victoria Community Center a few years ago.

He jetted off in a Chevrolet pickup before he was supposed to, and it died in the mud in the center of the arena.

"(The organizer) said, 'That's what you get for not waiting,'" Young said. "He (Quinton) said, 'This Chevrolet will make it.' ... The whole crowd screamed when he got it going again."

Haun also loved to barbecue and make all the side dishes, Young said.

The night of his death, Haun had text messaged his mom, Monica Haun, that he was coming home.

The family thinks he was going to a gas station because he did not normally take that route.

Even though a crash report indicated Haun was not wearing his seatbelt, Young said that is uncharacteristic of him.

"That was one of the things I insisted all the kids do. The car won't start unless they put on their seatbelts," she said. "It was extremely foggy that night, so something may have darted out in front of him."

The family has received an outpouring flowers, food and condolences from the community, including the Chisolm Trail Heritage Museum in Cuero, which will donate food for the services, which the family is grateful for. They know they will heal with God's help.

"Everybody is just so caring, and we appreciate it so much. That's something that will help us heal, too," Young said.

Haun is survived by his two sisters, Emily, 16, and Alexis, 9; his mother, Monica Haun; his father, Clay Haun; his grandparents, Glen and Debby Young; his grandparents, Clifford and Betty Jo Haun; and great-grandparents, Joe and Katherine Burke.



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