After over a decade long grueling battle with heart failure and diabetes, Frank Roy Pritchett Sr., a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, passed away at home with his family on Saturday, May 9, 2015.
Frank was born on February 10, 1945 in Great Falls, MT. He was the second of three children of Helen and Roy Pritchett. Frank grew up in Great Falls and Tracy, MT. Despite having polio as a child, he loved to play sports, hunt, fish, camp, and raise hell in his younger years. After dropping out of high school, he went to work at the Anaconda Company until he was drafted into the army during the Vietnam War. While doing his tour of duty, his was exposed to agent orange which wreaked havoc on his body until his death. Upon returning to Great Falls, he went back to work for the Anaconda Company until it shut down. He then started his own lawn care, snow removal, and home maintenance business which he ran until his death. Frank umpired ASA softball and fastpitch for over 30 years, which took him and his family to various locations throughout Montana, the U.S., as well as Calgary for umpiring tournaments. Furthermore, his skill and dedication was recognized by being chosen to umpire two national ASA tournaments. He also volunteered as a Meadow Gold basketball referee for many years. He was awarded the YWCA Y’s Man Award in 2005 for his countless hours of volunteering for the YWCA and Mercy Home for many years. Those who truly knew Frank knew what an exceptionally hard working, fun loving, kind, generous, and devoted family man he was.
Frank married the love of his life, Carol, on May 18, 1970. They had two children, Frank Jr. and Dakota. Frank was an excellent husband and father who loved his family with all his heart. He was an exceptional grandpa who was very significant and involved in the lives of his grandchildren whom he loved to spend time with: traveling, fishing, and camping as well as providing a home away from home. Grandpa created many wonderful memories with his grandchildren that they will cherish forever.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Helen Pritchett. He is survived by his wife, Carol Pritchett, and his children, his daughter, Marcy Hendrickson and her family in Oklahoma, his son Frank Pritchett, Jr. of Missoula, his daughter, Dakota (Jason) Rosales of Great Falls, and his step daughter Sherri (Ron) Kosena of Helena. Survivors also include his siblings, Jean Annau of Great Falls, Vicki Schwartzenberger of St. Charles, Missouri and Don Pritchett of Carlsbad, New Mexico, his beloved grandchildren, Adelia, Isaiah, and Thea Rosales and Grace, Rachel, Lane, and Logan Kosena, and his numerous nieces, nephews, and their families, his extended Rosales family, as well as his best friend, John (Anna) Gilmore. Frank also will be missed by his coffee buddies that he had from various locations over the years, most recently at Tracy’s Restaurant.
The family would like to give sincerest thanks to Dr. Krauss, Nurse Marci, and all the staff at the local VA clinic for their tireless and compassionate care for Frank, and Peace Hospice and its staff for their compassionate assistance as Frank’s life came to an end.