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Old 03-26-2015, 05:00 PM
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Default Don Prine Memorial Service

Here is the information for Don's service. He was a great guy and always had stories to tell you if you wanted to listen.

They are asking for people to wear their club and or PNW4WDA colors. Also if you can drive you 4 wheel drive rig, it would be an awesome tribute.

Lets show him and everybody what he meant to us and our sport and show up in force!!!


Don Prine Born in Ellsworth, Wisconsin on November 22, 1917, Don passed away on at great peace on March 22, 2015 at the age of 97-1/3. As the second eldest of 5 children of August and Dorothy Prine, he helped on the family farm and assisted his father in his construction business of building bridges. During the Great Depression he joined the Conservation Corps, which provided infrastructure for the country. He enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II, and during his service he was awarded the Purple Heart. Don owned and operated Prine's Jeep Service in Tillicum for 52 years along with his son Donnie. While in the Navy, he had his first contact with the jeep while serving under Admiral Sharp, one of only three star Admirals in the service at the time. Don was the Admiral's mechanic for his personal jeep. As the jeeps came off the assembly line, they were shipped to Washington, DC, where Don's unit was in charge of distributing them throughout the United States for overseas use. President Roosevelt became a believer in the jeep and its role in the victory of World War II after Don drove it up the White House steps to prove how awesome the jeep was. His biggest passion was those jeeps he saw in 1942 - the Bantam, Willys, and Fords. Dad loved his family, jeeps, and hunting. He enjoyed Sunday dinners with his children and working on the race jeeps because "that next race is coming up quick and we gotta be ready." Don is survived by his sons Randy and Keith, daughter Diana, and grandson Alex. He was preceded in death by his son Donnie. Special thanks to Gentiva nurses Chris, Cassie, Julissa, and Amanda for all their wonderful care and support. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, March 28th, at Fir Lane Funeral Home, 924 E. 176th St. in Spanaway. Please drive your 4WD's and come in your PNW gear. Throughout his lifetime Dad was grateful for his friendship with so many people. Miss You Dad!
Funeral Home
Fir Lane Memorial Park Funeral Home & Chapel
924 176Th St E Spanaway, WA 98387
(253) 531-6600
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Marty Tilford
Region 3 Director of the PNW4WDA

Vancouver 4 Wheelers Vice President and Treasurer

Proud PNW4WDA member since birth (40 years)
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 tow rig
1946 CJ-2A trail Jeep
1946 CJ-2A race Jeep
Comp #3500
1976 CJ-5 Hunting Jeep/ Daily driver

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