Gerald Pryor

Gerald PryorOn May 12, 2017, Gerald “Gerry” Pryor went home to be with the Lord. Gerry passed away very peacefully at his home after a long battle with lung cancer and other health problems.

Gerry was born June 7, 1942, in Glendale to Ethel and Montelle Pryor. Gerry and his family moved to Ridgecrest in 1946. He graduated from Burroughs High School in 1961 and lived in Ridgecrest until his passing. Gerry met and married his wife Sandy in 1966.

Gerry was a loving family man. During their 51 years of marriage Sandy and Gerry had two sons, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Gerry also had a love and understanding of mechanics, engines and anything that made noise and went fast.

Throughout his life he was known for his mechanical expertise and his willingness to help others who lacked that ability. He loved racing and building vehicles of all types. His garage was always full of motorized vehicles in various stages of completion. Many neighborhood kids and their projects spent a lot of time in Gerry’s garage.

He was said to be the oldest teenager on the block. He also loved hooking onto his fifth-wheel trailer and driving himself and Sandy all over the U.S. During his life Gerry was employed in Ridgecrest and the Naval Weapons Center as a mechanic, heavy-duty equipment operator and truck driver.

He is survived by his wife Sandy, sons Michael Pryor (Cori) and Jamey Pryor (Sandy); granddaughters Courtney Pryor, Olivia Pryor, and Catie Pryor; grandson Robert Harker; great-granddaughter Konnie Harker and brother Terry Pryor (Audry). He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service for Gerry at Desert Memorial Park on Friday, May 19, at 10:30 am. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall at Grace Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the local animal shelter in Gerry’s name.

– Submitted by the family of Gerald Pryor

Story First Published: 2017-05-19