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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


September 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Huey Prymus, III

PO 2 Huey Prymus, III
PO 2 Huey Prymus, III

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is grieving the loss of an employee that is connected to the COVID-19 virus.

38-year-old Huey Prymus, III, Parole Officer 2 in the Tyler District Parole Office, died on Sunday, September 5, 2021, at his home after testing positive on Thursday, September 2, 2021.

Officer Prymus worked the Sex Offender caseload and had 14 years of service with the TDCJ. He previously worked in the Nacogdoches District Parole Office.

“Officer Prymus was not just an employee of the TDCJ, he was a friend to his fellow co-workers. He represented the TDCJ’s core values with his integrity, and he made a difference in the lives of others through kindness and grace.” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “The thoughts and prayers of the TDCJ family are with the Prymus family during their time of grief. Officer Prymus will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.”

Parole Division Director Rene Hinojosa remembers Officer Prymus as a ‘gentle giant’. He was willing to help anyone in need at any time. “He was loved and respected by all who worked with him. His smile always lit up the room and he had a positive presence on everyone in the office. He truly enjoyed working for the agency.” said Hinojosa.

When not on the job, he enjoyed spending time with his wife, La Mia, and their 3-year-old daughter, Violet. Huey was also an avid fan of the New Orleans Saints.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had fifty-five employees die in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.