In sadness, we share the news that Rev. F. Gary Prichard died on Saturday, June 13, 2020.
Rev. Prichard was a retired elder who served in the Desert Southwest Conference. He was a graduate of Cal-Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo and Fuller Theological School. He was admitted on probation in 1977 and was ordained as an elder in full connection in 1982. He served in the Pacific Southwest Conference at Yorba Linda: Yorba Linda UMC (Associate); Coolidge: Coolidge UMC; the Desert Southwest Conference: Coolidge: Coolidge UMC; Gilbert: UMC of Gilbert; Phoenix: Calvary UMC. He retired in 2002 and during retirement he served at Bisbee: Trinity UMC (Interim); Flagstaff: Trinity Heights UMC (Interim); Sun City: Willowbrook UMC. Rev. Prichard is survived by his wife Phyllis, three children and four grandchildren.
Gary never lost his ability to adapt his ministry in order to challenge and inspire, and he was able to do it with a sense of humor.
Rev. Prichard will be interred at Veterans National Cemetery at a future date. The family anticipates a memorial service when the period of isolation ends.
Condolences may be sent to:
Mrs. Phyllis Prichard
16475 N. 165th Drive
Surprise, AZ 85388
In memory of Rev. Prichard, gifts may be made to:
UMOM New Day Center, 3333 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ (memo as Tribute Gift for Gary Prichard)
New Song UMC, 16303 West Bell Road, Surprise, AZ 85374
We join together in grief, acknowledging our human loss. May God grant us grace, that in pain we may find comfort; in sorrow, hope; and in death, resurrection. With gratitude for the life and ministry of Rev. Gary Prichard, please hold his family and friends in prayer at this time.