Gustavo “Gus” Reyna Jr.

Gustavo “Gus” Reyna Jr.

On Monday, November 14, 2022, Gustavo “Gus†Reyna, Jr. passed away at the age of 59. Gus was born on February 2, 1963, in Brownsville, Texas to Gustavo and Maria Guadalupe Reyna.

He and his wife Martha made their home in Brownsville and were the proud parent of two (2) boys, Gus III, and Gerardo. He graduated from James Pace High School, attended Texas Southmost College and the University of Texas at Brownsville. Gus started his law enforcement career in October of 1983 as Deputy Sheriff in the Patrol Division. He was later assigned investigator under the Criminal Investigations department, a position he served until August of 1990 through May 1994, he served as Lieutenant with the Civil Process Division. From May 1994 through April 1997, he advanced his professional abilities and continued his career by being assigned as Major/Jail Administrator of under the late Sheriff Omar Lucio in the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office. At the time, the position included the date to day supervision of 163 employees and a $5 million dollar jail budget, being qualified and experienced, Gus was promoted by Lucio to Chief Deputy of the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office in February 1999. His responsibilities included the duties of being the Public Relations Officer and Media Spokesman and also administering the day-to-day operation of 261 employees and a then-annual budget of $8.5 million plus contributing to the planning and development of the $20 million dollar Carrizales-Rucker detention facility and law enforcement administration building located at 7300 Old Alice Road in Olmito, Texas,  After leaving the sheriff’s department, he and Lucio were hired as deputy constables by PCT. 2 Constable Abel Gomez.  May peace be with the family.

Gus was preceded in death by his parents Gustavo and Maria Guadalupe Reyna.

Chief Reyna is survived by his loving wife, Martha I. Reyna; two wonderful children, who were his pride and joy, Gustavo Reyna III and Gerardo Reyna; his siblings, Cipriano Reyna, Rosalinda Reyna and Javier Reyna; as well as numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews. 

Visitation will be Thursday, November 17, 2022, from 1PM to 8PM with a prayer service at 7PM at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation continues Friday, November 18, 2022, at 9AM, with a chapel service at 12PM. Interment will follow at 1PM at Buena Vista Burial Park. Services are under the guidance of Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Flower Shop. 657 Springmart Blvd., Brownsville, Texas. (956) 350-8485.

Family would like to thank all the law enforcement agencies who are providing assistance in honoring Chief Reyna’s life.

To send flowers or a plant to the family in the memory of Mr. Gustavo “Gus†Reyna Jr., please visit or call (956) 455-3718.


  • Miguel Rivas Jr Posted November 15, 2022 9:26 pm

    Our Condolences to the Reyna family..May He Rest in peace.

  • Nestor N Sonia Flores Posted November 16, 2022 12:37 pm

    Honor, Bravery and Courage are the words that best describe You! However, I would like to add a few of my own: Kindhearted, Caring, Thoughtful Noble and Playful! Yes, Playful!
    Thank you for all those fun BBQ Weekends at the Rancho! Momentos inolvidables!
    Te recordaremos con mucho cariño y vivirás siempre en nuestros corazones!
    Sonia-Tú cuñada favorita
    Nestor-tu con-cuño casi hermano (asi siempre nos decías) GRACIAS!
    Descansa en Paz✝️

  • Chapa family Posted November 16, 2022 3:10 pm

    Our hearts go out to you beloved sister, nephews and Gus’s siblings. We send you all, healing prayers and comforting hugs.
    Everything Gus was…he will always be…a kind soul, a brave heart and above all, a loving and caring father and husband.
    Beautiful memories that will never be forgotten.
    Forever Remembered, Forever Missed.
    Descansa en paz querido cuñis
    Familia Piña-Chapa

  • Adan Perez, Jr Posted November 19, 2022 5:37 pm

    Chief deputy Gus Reyna Jr is law enforcement true to the bone. A loyal county employee.. Respectful to his elders and to God.. Thank you for your friendship and respect.. Will never forget you.
    Adan Perez, Jr

  • PASCUAL RODRIOGUEZ JR Posted November 29, 2022 2:16 pm

    Rest in peace my friend, Thank you for your services with the Sheriff’s Department.

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