HOUSTON – Jim Simmon, 63, an editor whose career included stints with four Texas daily newspapers, was among the people lost during Houston area flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Simmon, who had retired and was coming to terms with early-onset dementia, disappeared from his Montrose home on Aug. 30. He was the subject of an area-wide search for two weeks. His body was found in Fort Bend County. An autopsy was ordered, but law enforcement officials believed the cause of death was drowning.
The Louisiana native got into journalism after earning his master’s degrees at American University, according to friends and former colleagues, who remembered him as a professional committed to facts and truth and dedicated to holding those in power accountable. He worked as an editor for The Houston Chronicle, The Houston Post, the Houston Press and the Bryan-College Station Eagle. While working in Bryan, he was a lecturer in journalism at Texas A&M University.
He is survived by two children.