October

BIRD

Mr. Donald Bird passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at the age of 73. He is the brother of retired Lieutenant Ronald Bird who was last assigned to the Jail Division until his retirement on January 19, 1988. Services were held September 24 in The Woodlands.

BYRD

Mr. James Byrd Sr. passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at the age of 95. He is the grandfather of Police Officer Jamie A. Byrd-Grant, assigned to the Office of Public Affairs. Graveside services were held September 5 in Jasper City Cemetery.

GARCIA

Mrs. Mary L. Garcia passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at the age of 92. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Gilbert Garcia Jr., assigned to Special Operations-Mounted Patrol. Services were held September 10 with burial in Paradise Cemetery South in Pearland.

JASO

Mrs. Ignacia V. Jaso passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2020, at the age of 91. She is the mother of Clerk Typist Maria D. Jaso, assigned to the Major Assaults And Family Violence Division. Services were held September 19 with burial in Forest Park Lawndale.

JONES

Mr. Adrian A. Jones passed away on Monday, September 7, 2020, at the age of 55. He is the husband of Administrative Associate Candace Knox, assigned to the Records Division. Services were held September 12.

MUSHINSKI

Mr. Norman Lee Mushinski passed away on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at the age of 83. He is the father of Senior Police Officer James A. Mushinski, assigned to the Vehicular Crimes Division. Services were held September 25 with burial in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Hempstead.

PETE

Retired Lieutenant Russel J. Pete passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at the age of 79. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. He started his law enforcement career with the City of Houston Airport Police Department on March 24, 1980. He joined the ranks of the Houston Police Department on November 20, 1992 during the merger of both departments. Throughout his law enforcement career, he was assigned to the Airport Hobby Division. Lieutenant Pete retired on October 12, 2004.

REYNA

Retired Senior Police Officer Luis M. Reyna passed away on Monday, August 31, 2020, at the age of 64. He started his career with the Houston Police Department on February 8, 1982, Academy Class No. 103. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Southeast, Jail, Northwest, North, Central, and Westside Divisions. Officer Reyna retired on October 2, 2010.

SHOFNER

Retired Detective Martin Q. Shofner passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020, at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Polly Shofner. Detective Shofner joined the Houston Police Department on November 6, 1961, Academy Class No. 25 and was also a Veteran of the United States Air Force. During his career with the department, Officer Shofner was assigned to the Patrol Bureau, Burglary and Theft Division and the Special Thefts Division until his retirement on July 16, 1982. He is also the brother of retired Police Officer Morris D. Shofner who retired on March 10, 1988 and retired Sergeant Carl N. Shofner who retired on March 31, 1989 and the uncle of retired Sergeant Derek S. Shofner who retired on March 11, 2017. Services were held September 17 with burial in Graham Memorial Cemetery.

SIMPER

Retired Police Officer Raymond J. Simper passed away on Friday, August 28, 2020, at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia A. Simper. He joined the Houston Police Department on May 6, 1968, Academy Class No. 38. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Southwest and Central Divisions. Officer Simper retired on March 27, 1993. Services were held September 3 with burial in Conroe.

SMITH

Mrs. Thelma A. Smith passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at the age of 84. She is the mother of Retired Senior Police Officer Darrell “Smitty” Smith, who retired on April 27, 2013. Services were held September 23 with burial in Rosewood Cemetery in Porter.

THIBODEAUX

Mr. O.J. Thibodeaux passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at the age of 88. He is the father-in-law of Sergeant Chad L. Harris, assigned to the Westside Division.  Services were held September 25 with burial in Lake Charles.

VESSEL-WALSH

Ms. Dorothy Mae Vessel-Walsh passed away on Monday, August 31, 2020, at the age of 87. She is the grandmother of Senior Police Officer Shah S. Walsh, assigned to the Airport IAH Division. Services were held September 19 with burial in Brookside Memorial Park.

WILLIAMS

Sergeant Benjamin C. Williams assigned to the Crime Analysis and Command Center, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at the age of 46. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jill Williams. Sergeant Williams joined the Houston Police Department on August 25, 1997, Academy Class No. 171. During his career with the department, Sergeant Williams was assigned to the North Division, Northeast Division, Central Division, Homicide Division and the Burglary and Theft Division. Services were held September 28 in Hockley.

YOUNG-MOORE

Mrs. Patricia Ann Young-Moore passed away on Friday, September 11, 2020, at the age of 74. She is the grandmother of Senior Police Officer Racquel Young, assigned to the North Belt Division. Services were held September 24 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.