Dean Priddy


Melbin “Dean” Priddy, 82, of Eddy, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017.

Funeral Service: 1p.m. Wednesday, December 27, at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment will follow at Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum.

No visitation is planned.

Dean was born July 20, 1935 in Itasca to William Jasper Priddy and Sudie Mildred Parker Priddy. Growing up quickly during tough economic times, Dean let little time go by before leaving Itasca to join the Air Force to see the world. Among the many places he was assigned, French Morocco was his favorite. He bought a Norton motorcycle and stirred up a great deal of North African dust. He also wasted no time pursuing the love of his life, Sue, to marry and start a family. After eight years in the service, Dean answered his true calling to serve others through a life in law enforcement. With stints at the Waco Police Department, U.S. Marshal’s Service, McLennan County Sheriff’s Office and Lorena Police Department, his proudest achievement was being appointed Chief of Police which closed the chapter on a 40 year career to a profession he loved so much. Always seeking knowledge, Dean received his Associates’ Degree at McLennan Community College and later his Bachelor of Sciences degree in Criminal Justice, all the while serving the community. Dean was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a Sunday school teacher, an ordained deacon at the First Baptist Church in Whitney and his final place of worship at Bruceville Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings; and his grandson, Kenneth Wagner.

Dean is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sue Priddy of Eddy; daughter, Beverly Wagner of Eddy; sons, Mickey Priddy and wife, Cilia and Wesley Priddy and wife, Erika all of Cedar Park; grandchildren, Audrey, Jared, Erin, Hannah, Rebekah, Mason and Marcelina; four great-grandchildren, Felix, Owen, Ciara and Ashley; and a host of other relatives.

The family would like to acknowledge a special thank you to the Waco Police Association, Providence Hospice and Westview Manor.

Memorial contributions s may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation at

Thoughts and memories may be shared at

Contact Information:

Lake Shore Funeral Home & Cremation Services

5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr
Waco, TX 76708
United States (US)
Phone: (254) 752-5900

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. Mike and Sandy Gottner

    Keeping the entire Priddy family in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Brad and Cathy Wright

    The Wright Family of Georgetown, Texas , sends their warmest thoughts and prayers. Remember that Mr. P riddy is with you every day. God Bless.

  3. Cindi Sassmanshausen

    I have considered his two sons Mickey & Wes as an extension to our family. I had the pleasure of meeting and sitting with Mr. and Mrs.Priddy at a friends wedding many years ago. I remember his wonderful sense of humor which was followed with a few hours of laughter during the reception. They made the evening very delightful. I pray for strength for his families may he Rest In Peace. Sass

  4. Carol Sassmanshausen.

    Peace and Love to you and yours, Wes. His passing is another example of “Death, be not proud”. …..

  5. Genevieve & James Yates

    Our prayers and love to Sue and the entire family….

  6. My sympathy to the Priddy family. Rest In Peace, Dean.

  7. Dean was a friend, and mentor. Always there with advice I could rely on. Time and illness took his life, but not our memories of him…May God continue to bless the Priddy Family, during this time of sorrow.

  8. My deepest condolences & heartfelt sorrow for the passing of your father, Wes. The obituary posted above tells me of the depth of the mans faith & public service, while my experiences with you impressed upon me a superb example of moral dedication you exemplified daily. Although I never met your father, its apparent to me that both gods grace and his legacy will continue to live on in you. I admire him, and thank you, for sharing that with me. Wishing continued blessings upon you & yours.

  9. I knew Dean for 40 years. Served with him at the Waco Police Dept., Mclennan County Sheriff Dept.. Great man, good friend. My prayers and thoughts for Sue and family.
    Coy Jones
    Waco PD
    McLennan County SO (Ret.)
    Texas Department of Public Safety (Ret.)

  10. Laura Nell Ward family and Bill and Marilyn Callaway have you in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless and comfort you during this time.

  11. Dean, your humor will never be forgotten. The memories we shared as partners in the night shift car will always keep me laughing and they will always make me think of the good times. We always had each other’s back through the good and bad times . My condolences to Sue and the family. You fought the good fight and you will not be forgotten. Rest In Peace my brother.

    Ronnie Price (RP)

  12. Dean was a friend and sometimes partner
    when I worked at the Waco PD and later
    at the McLennan Co. SO also.
    My condolences to his family and friends.
    He willed be missed by all including his Law
    Enforcement family.

  13. My condolences to Wes and his family. My stepfather, Dick Stanton, served with your father at Waco and knew him while serving with the McLennan Co SO. I worked with Wes in Austin. Our prayers are with you. Cathy Stanton (Scallions) Holm

  14. hello to the priddy family so sory to hear fo deans passing he with the heavely father now my prays and sympathyare with you alll during this time of sorrow thoughta lot of your dad was a very nice man couldnt come because of work and i have been sick with the crudeand we love you all of the family pray and hope sue and all of you will be ok talk with you lather love joyce whitt inchrist name

  15. So sorry to hear of Mr. Priddy passing. Sue & family will be in my prayers.

    Deana Stewart
    Bruceville TX

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