Mar 092012

Vern W. Prentice, 70, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at his home in Cottonwood. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, at the Holbrook Elks Lodge. A Mexican food potluck will follow.

He was born on Aug. 30, 1941, in Walnut Ridge, Ark.

Vern and Colleen were married on May 7, 1970.

He was the proud owner of transmission shops in Show Low, Kingman, Holbrook and Colorado. He also had a guide and outfitting business in Durango, Colo.

Vern was the longest consecutive rider on the Hashknife Posse Pony Express, riding across the state and suffering the elements as the other riders did for years. He was a man’s man.

He had a strong passion for hunting, fishing and NASCAR racing.

He was very loved and will be missed. He was a brother, a dad, a husband, a grandfather and a great-grandfather, and had many friends.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Colleen; three children, Kalene Prentice Tackett (Randy Tackett) of Cottonwood, Tim Prentice of Kingman and Krislene Prentice Wood (James Wood) of Holbrook; seven grandchildren, Justin Hollon, Chance Hollon, Bryce Wood, Oryon Wood, and Timmy Jr., Paige and Cash Prentice; one great-grandson, Trenton Hollon; six sisters; and two brothers.