Sheriff Robert Ynclan of Gonzales

A black and blue ribbon weaves through a front gate of the Gonzales County Jail on Wednesday in memory of Sheriff Robert Ynclan, who died Sunday after being diagnosed with COVID-19. The ribbon reads “R.I.P. Sheriff 600,” 600 being the sheriff’s badge number.

GONZALES — More than 30 years ago, Micah Harmon was driving home after running an errand in San Antonio when the flashing red-and-blue lights of a state trooper filled his rearview mirror.

Pulling onto the shoulder, Harmon watched as the trooper — a man standing at 6 feet, 3 inches tall — climbed out of the 1980s-era Special Service Ford Mustang, a small two-door coupe driven by some Texas Department of Public Safety troopers at the time.

Sheriff Robert Ynclan of Gonzales

A photo posted to the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page shows Sheriff Robert Ynclan leaning over the bed of a pickup.

Sheriff Robert Ynclan of Gonzales

A cross adorned with flowers rests outside of Sheriff Robert Ynclan’s office in the Gonzales County Jail on Wednesday.

Sheriff Robert Ynclan of Gonzales

Sheriff Robert Ynclan, who died on Sunday, retired in 2019 after 35 years of working as a state trooper for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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Brian Vandale

RIP Sheriff Ynclan

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