George E. Prince, a handsome, kind and gentle man unexpectedly passed into the spirit world with a smile on his face on December 28, 2021 at Mesa View Hospital in Mesquite, NV, ready and able to play another round of golf. George was born at home in St. George, Utah on October 11, 1941 to George Evlyn and Mary Lund Prince. He was the eighth and cutest of nine children. George spent his childhood on a ranch at Trout Creek, Utah, in the remote west desert, living with his family in an old log home without running water or electricity. The outhouse was it! His life was very simple and was filled with hard work from sun up to sun down. He milked cows at age 6 and fed hogs, chickens and other farm animals. He loved dogs and always had a dog in his life and on his lap. Chester was his last and most beloved.
He was slow to anger and never got upset with anyone. He exhibited total calmness and never raised his voice, even while driving – no kidding!
At age 16, George first met Judy at Mueller Park at a ward weenie roast. She describes it like this -
I knew that someday my Prince would come!
The sun was getting lower in the horizon. The fire pit was starting to burn down and becoming just right for roasting hot dogs. As I skewered my hotdog onto the stick, and as I was starting to hold it close to the flames, I looked across at a handsome guy dressed in Levis, cowboy boots, and hat! I couldn’t take my eyes off the dark-haired dude. He was introduced by his older brother who said, “This good looking’ guy is my little brother, George, who has moved to Swede Town from the family ranch at Trout Creek. Hope you’ll get to know him.”
I loved him madly and instantly the first time I saw him. My eternal companion had arrived! My life was never the same after that moment.
George and Judy were sweethearts at West High, where he graduated in 1959. They were married October 27, 1961 in the Salt Lake Temple. George and Judy welcomed to their family daughter Holly in 1963 and their son Blaine in 1968.
George worked the graveyard shift for Union Pacific Railroad as a machinist for almost 40 years. His years in Bountiful were his great golf years, which brought many friends into his life. He coached Little League baseball for Blaine’s team and loved and adored his little Holly.
He loved going to Utah Jazz games. Being with his kids and grandkids at Prince’s Moose Creek Lodge at Pine Meadow Ranch, he enjoyed cooking and making the most amazing pancakes. He’s blessed us with the sweetest memories. He was a loving, thoughtful, and devoted husband. He loved Judy with all his heart and it was obvious. They held hands whenever they were near one another. He carried a photo of their wedding day in his wallet for 60 years.
After retiring to Mesquite, Nevada, he lived the dream by playing golf and found immense pleasure traveling the world with Judy and their best friends, Ralph and Marjie Page. Tropical islands, adventures to China, Egypt, Scandinavia, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, brought immense joy and love for many cultures around the world.
In October, our entire family enjoyed a seven-day Mexican Riviera cruise, celebrating George and Judy’s 60th wedding anniversary and George’s 80th Birthday.
We are grateful for our wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, the loving patriarch of our family. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Lund, Jay, Gale, Ted, and his sisters Helen, Dorene, and Nelda. He leaves behind his wife, Judy; daughter, Holly (Keven) Weaver; son, Blaine (Stacey) Prince; Grandchildren: Taylor (Nicole) Weaver; Codi Hansen; Braydon, Bridger (Madie), Jaxson, and Logan Prince. Great Grandchildren: Jordan, Jurni, Aspen, Everleigh, and Olivia who is still in the oven; a sister, Beverly Succo; an uncle, and several nieces and nephews.
Because of Covid, and honoring his final request, there will be no memorial service. He will be laid to rest at Bountiful City Cemetery. Bon Voyage until we sail again!
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