PRYOR, WALLACE JOHN (1924 ~ 2014). The following is an obituary for Wally Pryor, former voice of Texas Longhorn Athletics. The obituary was published in the March 1, 2014 edition of the Austin American Statesman.
The recognized "Voice of the Longhorns" for various University of Texas sports activities and the Longhorn Band for over five decades is silent. Wallace John (Wally Pryor) died March 1,2014 at the age of 86 years.Wally was an inspiration to so many of Austin's youth as Coach and Director of the Austin Aquatic Club (Longhorn Aquatics). His production and directing talents resulted in a long career with KTBC Television and the University ofTexas. Wally performed opening ceremonies, tributes and promotions for celebrities, dignitaries, award shows, banquets, pageants, Headliners' Club, the City of Austin, Pennsylvania's Slippery Rock College and numerous charities and fundraisers.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Euna Faye Johnson, Pryor, his father Richard S. (Skinny) Pryor, mother Mary Thompson Pryor, sister Mary Alice Clark, brother Richard (Cactus) Pryor, brother Beverly (Bill) Pryor and brother Arthur Pryor. He is survived by his daughter, Phyllis Dempsey and husband, Michael, grandchildren Jensen, Larsen and Rainey Dempsey, all of Austin, daughter Mary Pryor, grandchildren Kersty and Chase Findlay of Dripping Springs, and sister Harriet Scotka and brother-in-law Luddy Scotka of San Antonio, Texas.
Memorial service will be announced at a later date and will be held at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church at 7127 Bee Caves Road, Austin, Texas 78746. In Lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer's Disease, P. 0. Box 5839, Austin, Texas 76763, phone 866-946-3606. firstname.lastname@example.org, or to the charity of your choice.