At 88 years of age Preston R. Price was the last of the 11 children of Joseph Adelbert Price and Dora Belle Rencher to leave this mortal existence. He was born Oct. 7, 1926, and passed away to a happier sphere on Thursday, January 1, in Lovelock, Nev.
Pres, as he was known to his family and friends, was born in St. George, Utah and spent a happy, carefree childhood in Enterprise and after he was six years old, in Panaca. He went to school in Panaca and graduated from Lincoln County High School in 1944. After graduation he, like many other men and women, went into the military. He served in the Army Air Force until the end of WWII serving in the Philippine Islands. After the war, he came home and married his high school sweetheart, Lucille Banks on July 22, 1947 in the St. George LDS temple. This union was blessed with three children: Raymond Lewis (Stephanie), Marcia Rose Wadsworth(Scott) and Marilyn P. Woods (Warren).They have 15 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.
Pres was an avid student who had a love of learning and a mind for memorization. He had a keen sense of humor and was a big tease. He gave almost everyone he knew a nick name.
He attended Utah State University on the GI Bill and graduated with honors. He was a tremendously talented and influential educator. He taught elementary school in Minden, Nev., English at Carson High School in Carson City, and seventh and eighth grades at Caliente Elementary School in Caliente. Many of his former students would ask about him and tell tales of his teaching them in school.
He served as the Deputy State Superintendent of Schools in Carson City and Superintendent of Lincoln County Schools in Panaca for 17 years. He also served as the Superintendent of Esmeralda County Schools in Goldfield, Nev. for seven years. He and Lucille moved to Cedar City, Utah where he was employed by Southern Utah University and later became the director of ABLE, a program for helping juveniles. His last education job was as Superintendent of Schools in Arapahoe, Wyo.
Pres loved the outdoors and was a knowledgeable and skilled hunter and fisherman. He loved his family, his church, his country and the state of Nevada.
He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille, his parents, 10 siblings and their spouses, a grandson and a granddaughter.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Cedar 10th Ward Chapel located at 155 East 400 South with a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to services. Graveside service followed at 3 p.m. in the Minersville City Cemetery in Minersville, Utah, next to his beloved wife, under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.