Bustos died on July 29 morning after a traffic stop when he was struck by an alleged drunk driver. He was 29 and leaves behind a wife, three children and countless other family and friends.
Several people spoke at the service, including members of his church, his wife Gloria Bustos and Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith.
“Lorenzo’s family will remember him for his bigger than life personality, sense of humor, deep family commitment and continual love,” according to his obituary. “His brothers and sisters in blue will remember his moral standards, high ethics, investigative knowledge, unmatched expertise, and his dedication to serving others. Being childhood sweethearts and lifelong soulmates, Gloria supported Lorenzo in fulfilling his lifetime commitment to law enforcement. Lorenzo was part of the generation who understood pressing through hardships with faith, strength and courage.”
You can see the funeral below.
He began working in law enforcement in 2012 as a corrections officer, where worked hard and rose through the ranks, eventually being promoted to sergeant and remained there until 2020, when he graduated from the East Texas Police Academy. He was a loyal member of Friendly Baptist Church in Tyler and “had a passion for helping others and advocated doing the right thing, no matter what.”
He went on to work for the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, then the Henderson Police Department as a patrol officer and eventually moving to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office in February of 2022.
“One of the things I remember about him is that he always had a smile on his face. He was always positive, he wanted to help others, and he loved Jesus,” said Rev. Steve Lyles.
Gloria Bustos spoke at the service with Sheriff Larry Smith at her side, talking about how she loved Lorenzo and what a great father he was.
“Honey, we love you so much, and don’t worry, I got it from here,” Gloria Bustos said. “I’ll be there for your ‘Top Shot’ Hunter, your ‘Bum Bum’ Emma, and your ‘Best Friend’ Jacob. I love you honey, until we meet again.”
Sheriff Smith also spoke at the service, speaking directly to the Bustos family and telling them the Smith County Sheriff’s Office is there for them, and will be from this day forward.
“Lorenzo Bustos has carried the cause of justice to the grave and deserved not only our respect but our heartfelt gratitude and affection,” Smith said.
Smith said Lorenzo and other law enforcement officers sacrifice a great deal.
“Your loved one that is no longer physically here is also family to us, not of blood, but of blue,” Smith said. “The thin blue line is a brotherhood that anyone outside of law enforcement might not ever fully comprehend or appreciate.”
Several law enforcement agencies attended, including the following: Dallas, Denton, Mansfield, Allen, Irving, Kilgore, Troup, Jacksonville, Rusk County, Marshall, Bullard, Arp, Henderson, Williamson County, Panola County, Houston, Pittsburg, White Oak, Travis County, Mineola, Chambers County, Lufkin, Lubbock, Gregg County, Caddo Parrish, Canton, Paris, Grand Prairie, Greenville, Gilmer, Kemp, Plano, Flower Mound, Wood County, Carrollton, Quitman, Camp County, Log Cabin, Jefferson and Tarrant County.