Dr. Joe David Prejean

February 9, 1940June 5, 2013

PREJEAN, DR. JOE DAVID passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, after a long- fought battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease ( ALS). He was born February 9, 1940 in Pampa, Texas to J.C. "Buck" and Blanche Prejean. He was a graduate of Tyler High School and Stephen F. Austin State College, where he received his BS. He received is M.A. from East Texas State University and earned his PhD in Radiation Biology from Texas A&M University. David spent his career at Southern Research Institute where he was a noted scientist and cancer researcher retiring in 2000 as President and CEO. He was Adjunct Associate Professor Public Health at UAB, a member of Sigma Xi, The American Association for Cancer Research, New York Academy of Sciences and The American College of Toxicology and was on the Board of Directors of American Cancer Society. He loved golf, working in the yard, relaxing at the beach with his grandchildren and traveling with his wife Candi. David is survived by his wife Candice Dominick Prejean, two children K'Anne Cox (Dale) of Columbus, OH and M. David Prejean (Gayle) of Dallas, TX and his grandchildren Claire Elizabeth Cox, Caleigh Marie Cox, William Ward Prejean and Catherine Elizabeth Prejean. The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 9th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00p.m. at Ridout's Valley Chapel. The funeral service will be held on Monday, June 10th at All Saints Episcopal Church at 3:00 p.m. Private burial services will be held in Tyler, Texas at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association Alabama Chapter, P.O. Box 2888, Huntsville, Alabama 35804-2888 ( or to All Saints Episcopal Church, 112 West Hawthorne Road, Homewood, Alabama 35209. Online condolences may be made at

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  • Visitation Sunday, June 9, 2013
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Linda First

August 12, 2013

Candi, I was shocked to learn of Prejean's death and wanted to tell you how saddened I am for your loss. Larry and I will be praying for you as you go through a time of grief and reordering of your life. If there is anything at all we can do for you, please let us know. You can reach me at I mean it, now...anything!

Love, Linda First

Myra Wallace

July 11, 2013

Candi, Bill Roberts just called me and told me of Dr. Prejean's death. I am terribly sorry. I remember working at SRI when you and him started dating. Both of you were starry eyed. What a cute couple you two were. Myra Wallace

July 7, 2013

My thoughts and prayers for your family. Rusty

Lynn & Jim Stedman

June 30, 2013

Candi, I'm so sorry to hear of Dr. Prejean's death. I remember him walking the halls at Southern and especially calling bingo at the SRI employee functions. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Lynn and Jim

Dick Leopold

June 19, 2013

Candi, I just learned of Prejean's passing. His mentoring and friendship made a huge positive difference in my career and personal life for which I am very grateful. Know that Judy and I have you in our thoughts and prayers.

Bill Roberts

June 18, 2013


I just ran across this on the internet. I am so sorry to hear of Prejean's passing. I still remember all the fun times a number of us SRI guys had playing poker together. I can still picture two times Prejean came to work.....once he was wearing two different types of shoes and the other was the day he was wearing white pants and you could see the red hearts on his white underwear through the pants. We all had a great laugh at his expense but he was always a good sport about it. Please know that he will be missed. The two of you will always have a warm place in my heart.

June 11, 2013

Dear Candi,
My sincere condolances on your loss. You're in my thoughts.
Sincerely, Kellye Daniels

June 11, 2013

He will be sorely missed by the Southern Research family.

Yulia Maxuitenko

June 11, 2013

Dear Candi,

I am very sorry for your loss.

Susan Staton

June 11, 2013

Candi, I just heard about Prejean. I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.