Jon Aaron Ladines

Jon Aaron Ladines

Jon Aaron Ladines, age 48, went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 14, 2020 following comp­lications from a Type A aortic dissection. 

Jon was born on Oct. 9, 1971 to Bernie and Judy Ladines. He married Darlene Haugen on Aug. 15, 1992. They spent their years writing and performing beautiful music together.

Besides his relationship with Jesus Christ, Jon’s most beloved relationships were with his family. His children were the absolute joy of his life and he adored his new role of ‘grandpa.’ 

Jon was a former Washington State Trooper, WSP Tactical SWAT Operator, Washington State Patrol Honor Guard, and Richland Police Officer. He was the founder and owner of Force Dynamics, providing real world active shooter and critical incident response training to school districts, hospitals, churches and private security companies. His “Gap Training” is well known across the country.

Jon’s passion was music. He was a very gifted, world renowned trumpeter. He played locally and around the world. Jon loved traveling internationally playing his trumpet, leading trainings and serving on mission trips. 

Jon is survived by his wife, Darlene; his children, Courtney and Lane Pearson, Nadia and Tyler Henderson, Aaron Ladines, and Gabrielle Ladines; his grandson, Braxton Pearson. He is also survived by his parents, Bernie and Judy Ladines; brothers, Mike (Vicki) Ladines, David (Rose) Ladines, Lance (Kelly) Ladines; sister, Dianne Ladines; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

While Jon was recognized for many talents and accomplishments, the most significant thing about Jon Ladines, was that he was a follower of Jesus. He loved to study God’s Word, using many different translations. Jon strongly believed in the authoritative power of prayer and was a spiritual mentor to many. 

A celebration of Jon’s life will be held after the ban on large group gatherings has been lifted. The family plans to make live streaming available, if possible. Those wishing to sign Jon’s online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.

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Chica 66

My condolences on the loss of this beautiful man. I met him when he came to Grandview middle school in Washington state. He provided training to the staff on active shooter training. "Only the good die Young". John was an Angel here on earth and now he is an Angel in heaven watching over us. Thank you to his family for sharing his talents with us. God Bless and may the Good Lord give you strength in dealing with the loss of this beautiful man, husband and father.

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