Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Goodbye and thank you to Terry Simons

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Nov. 15, 2012 at 5:15 a.m.

Victoria County lost a dedicated public servant on Nov. 7. Chief Deputy Terry Simons passed away after suffering a heart attack while working out with his son that morning.

Simons' death is a terrible loss for not only the sheriff's office, but the whole of Victoria County. Here at the Advocate, we have regular interactions with the sheriff's office, and our staff has found Simons to be an outstanding, professional source. He always worked with us to provide the truth and inform the public about the latest investigations and cases in Victoria County, whether he was working with seasoned staffers or new reporters fresh out of college. He spoke with our reporters human-to-human, rather than reporter-to-official, and that mutual respect was something we all valued in him. Any good journalist can tell you, to write an outstanding story, you need an outstanding source, and Chief Deputy Simons was exactly that.

But we recognize there was much more to the man than what we saw in our day-to-day interaction. He was a father, husband and friend to many in Victoria County and Texas. Simons has been in Victoria since 2008, and he has made a lasting impression both as chief deputy and as a member of the community. We saw clear evidence of this just by looking at the online comments under our news story after his death. Dozens of people signed on to share their memories and express their love and condolences to Simons' family.

Simons was an exemplary leader with a passion for serving others. And that passion was passed on to his sons, who are both deputies in the Victoria County Sheriff's Office. We appreciate all the work he has done to make Victoria County law enforcement an exceptional force that will protect and serve residents. Whether he was at the scene of an illegal immigrant bailout or working with the Victoria Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Simons always gave his all. We thank him for that relentless determination and service.

We are saddened by Simons' passing. He did so much for Victoria in the short time he was here, and we are grateful to him for all the positive influence and passion he brought every day. To his family, friends and coworkers, we express our condolences. Simons was a good man, and we wish his family well as they grieve this sudden loss.

But most of all, we want to say thank you, Chief Deputy Simons, for all you have done. Your leadership and passion has left its mark on Victoria County, and we were honored to have you in our community for the short time it was. May you rest in peace.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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