Vern W. Prentice
When the West was wild and riding the range was full of lore; there was someone missing from the days of past. That was Vern W. Prentice, born 100 years too late to walk this Arizona land of cowboys and outlaws.
Mr. Prentice was born in Walnut Ridge, Ark. on Aug. 30, 1941, one of three brothers and six sisters. A businessman, he had transmission shops in Show Low, Kingman, and Holbrook; was a hunting and fishing guide; and NASCAR fan.
Mr. Prentice was also a member of the “Hashknife” Pony Express and a rider for 34 consecutive years. Within the Hashknife group, he held the ranks of captain, trail boss and rider.
He was steadfast in his work and always kept you thinking with stylish wit. Mr. Prentice’s family and friends celebrated his life at a memorial at the Elks Lodge in Holbrook Saturday, March 10.
He has now past on a legacy of the Western way of life to his family and wife of 42 years, Colleen. Also surviving him are his daughter, Kaylene Prentice Tackett (Randy Tackett) of Cottonwood; son, Tim Prentice of Kingman; daughter, Krislene Prentice Wood (James Wood) of Holbrook; seven grandchildren, Justin Hollon, Chance Hollon, Bryce Wood, Oryon Wood and Timmy Jr., Paige and Cash Prentice; and one great-grandson, Trenton Hollon.