John K. ‘Ken’ Pringle

John K. ‘Ken’ PringleJohn Kenneth “Ken” Pringle, age 85, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018.

Ken was born on March 14, 1933, to John Milton Pringle and Madeline Chatelain Pringle in Ogden, Utah. He was the eldest of two children. He graduated in 1951 from Weber High School.

Ken served two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of arts degree in physics. His professional career was at the Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake, in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Division. He retired from the base on January 3, 1996, after 36 years of service.

Throughout his life, Ken enjoyed many interests and activities. He enjoyed square dancing, photography, and reading. He volunteered at Red Rock Canyon State Park as well as participating in the annual Audubon Bird Count. He was knowledgeable about spiders, plants and rocks. He taught astronomy and geology for Cerro Coso Community College for more than 25 years.

Ken was an expert on the local petroglyphs. He led many tours to the petroglyphs and co-authored a book about them, the Maturango Museum’s classic “Rock Art of the Coso Range.”

Ken was preceded in death by his brother Gordon Pringle, his wife Anna-Lu Simmons-Pringle, and stepchildren Jerry Simmons and Paul Simmons.

He is survived by six children and two stepchildren, James Simmons of Parker, Ariz.; Thomas and Diana Monahan of Caldwell, Idaho; Darl and Maria Pringle of Ames, Iowa; Roxon and Randall Ford of Ogden, Utah; Natawni Pringle of Ventura, Calif.; Kyle Pringle of Colfax, Wash.; Shimene Pringle of Bremerton, Wash.; and Kirsten and Jeffrey Cox of Hesperia, Calif.

Also surviving him are grandchildren James and Lauren Pringle, Alycia Pringle, Ian Pringle, Kelsie Meyer, Rashelle Ford, Sean Monahan and Taylor Monahan; and great-granddaughter Evelyn Pringle.

A visitation, followed by funeral services, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the H.K. Holland Memorail Chapel. He will be interred Jan. 12 in Uintah, Utah.

— Submitted by the family of Ken Pringle

Story First Published: 2019-01-04