William Lindsay Pryde


(April 5, 2005)

William (Bill) Lindsay Pryde died April 5 at his home in Richland, Wash. He was 89.

He was born to Charlotte Lindsay and William Pryde on May 29, 1915. He was raised in Byron and lived in the log cabin that is now the Byron Museum. He married Verle Sander on June 16, 1937. They had one daughter, Sandra Sue Pryde, born May 14, 1940.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed fishing along the streams, rivers and lakes of Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and Montana. He shared this with his wife and daughter. He also enjoyed deep-sea fishing. He passed on his love of fishing to his grandsons.

He worked in the mechanical construction business beginning in 1934 when he began working in the Wyoming oil fields. The family did much traveling to various job locations in Idaho, Montana, Washington and Utah.

In 1961, he joined JELCO, Inc., to start up a new mechanical division. He was made executive vice-president in 1971 and built the division into one of the major mechanical contractors in the U.S.

A member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 19, he also helped form GAPCO, Inc. and was involved in welding technologies used at nuclear power plants.

Following Verle's death, he was blessed to be reunited with his grade-school sweetheart LeNorma "Tomi" Neville Olson on Dec. 18, 1981. They enjoyed 18 years of marriage before her death in 2000.

He was a member of the East Millcreek 11th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in many capacities. Following Tomi's death he moved to the Tri-Cities, Wash., area to be closer to his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Verle; his daughter, Sandra; his second wife, Tomi; and his sister, Ellen Sanders.

He is survived by son-in-law, John Schumacher and Hisano; grandchildren Shauna Anderson (Greg), William Schumacher, and Jeff Schumacher (Diana), all of Tri-Cities, Wash., Scott Schumacher (Kathi) of Cameron Park, Calif.; great-grandchildren Andrea and Tasha Simenson of Richland, Wash., Dalton and Wyatt Schumacher of Cameron Park, Calif., and Lindsay Schumacher of Spokane, Wash.

Other survivors include brother, Dick Walker (Billie) of Powell; sisters Elaine Schnabel of Salt Lake City and Betty Partridge of West Valley City, Utah; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and step-grandchildren who were very special to him.

A graveside service took place Saturday, April 9 at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary in Salt Lake City.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Bill's name to the John Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah, or to the Lion's Eye Bank of Utah or Washington.