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Donald D. Prell

Don Prell Don Prell

(March 16, 1950 - May 14, 2017)

Donald D. Prell, 67, died on May 14, 2017, in Denver, Colorado, after a short illness of his heart.

He was born March 16, 1950, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Dean and Marjorie (Widick) Prell. His family moved to Casper in 1957. He graduated from Natrona County High School in 1969. He enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam, stationed at Phu Bai RVN.

When Don returned home he attended Casper College, receiving a degree in criminal justice. His first peace officer opportunity was as town marshal of Midwest/Edgerton. In 1973, he began his long career with the Wyoming Highway Patrol, serving the citizens of Wyoming for 30 years. He was stationed in Gillette, Greybull, Casper and Powell. 

Don loved the outdoors and worked as a hunting guide for many years while stationed in Greybull. He loved to fish and ride horses. Given any opportunity to do so, he would retreat to the mountains. He enjoyed Sunlight Basin, Moab, Estes Park and the Big Horns. He was an original “Outdoor Enthusiast.” 

Don moved to Denver in the early 2000s to travel and stay connected with family and old friends.

If you had the privilege of knowing Don, you will remember him for his kindness. He would go out of his way for people. He cared about others, and always kept people laughing. He was someone who would inspire you to be a better person.

He is survived by his younger siblings: sister, Carol Seeliger, brother, Henry Prell, and sister, Laura Trebilcock.

A memorial service will be held Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. at The Fossil Rock Tavern, 119 Main St., U.S. Highway 14-Scenic Byway in Shell.

Contributions in remembrance of Don can be made to the Wyoming Highway Patrol Association: or

1 comment

  • posted by Kelly Oliver Johnson

    July 25, 2017 8:26 am

    Don, i am going to miss you so much. You took me under your wing when Steve died and it meant so much to me. You were always such a good friend. And you teased the heck out of me when i was on ambulance duty! You rest in peace my friend. Rest in peace.

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