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April 1, 2014

JHS grad killed in Crockett wreck

JACKSONVILLE — A 27-year-old Jacksonville man died this past weekend when the vehicle he was a passenger in was hit by a truck.

Services are pending for Justin McGowan, a Jacksonville High School graduate. His parents, Vivian and Ronnie McGowan own Mercy/

McGowan Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

“That was my baby,” Vivian McGowan said Monday afternoon.

She said she found out about the wreck Saturday morning while overseeing a funeral for the family business. She said Justin was a former starting football player for JHS. He graduated in 2005.

Matt Montgomery, a member of the JHS Indians radio broadcast team, remembered Justin on Monday saying he was a tough player.

“He didn't talk much, but he would look at me and smile when I would say hello. He was a very good high school football player,” Montgomery said.

He added that Justin was an All-District player and a “dominating nose guard.”

Montgomery said he was saddened to hear the news of Justin's death.

Vivian McGowan said Justin was an oilfield worker and was riding with two co-workers from San Antonio to Nacogdoches when the wreck occurred on State Highway 7 in Crockett.

Justin's girlfriend was waiting in Nacogdoches to pick him up, and when he and his co-workers never arrived late Friday, she called the family.

The wreck was not discovered until early Saturday morning, according to the family.

The other two men, both of Nacogdoches, were also killed, according to Justin's family. However, one family member said they were unsure if Justin was riding with one co-worker or two.

The Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who worked the wreck was unavailable to comment Monday. A dispatcher said she did not know if there were two people killed or three.

Progress Sports Editor Jay Neal contributed to this story.

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