David Edward Prose, a deeply loved husband, father, family man, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday afternoon, February 25, 2020, at the age of 74 in Gun Barrel City, Texas. His loss was a shock and is deeply felt by those who loved him. The world has lost a Good Man. But as his dearly loved wife, Christine, always says, “Look for the blessings.” The blessings David gave us are beyond measure.
David was born on July 8, 1945, in San Antonio, Texas, married Christine Kay Goode in 1974, and had two children, Amanda Kay and Lucas Edward. He was an Agriculture Major at Cal Poly Tech in California before joining the United States Coast Guard in 1971. David graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, became a Certified Public Accountant shortly thereafter, and loved preparing taxes for clients, friends, and family.
David loved cheap whiskey, spaghetti westerns, instant tea, black licorice, and his wife’s delicious cooking (especially her fried round steak and gravy, chocolate cherry cakes, and mincemeat pies). He loved working at his “Shooting Star Ranch,” puttering with his Mustangs, and enjoying a life on the lake. He was a teacher at his core, guiding his children throughout their lives. Although he claimed “no one showed him how” to work the TV remote, load the dishwasher, or turn on the dryer, David was a Renaissance man who captained a boat to perfection, loved to read, built beautiful decks, and spoke knowledgeably on any number of topics. David’s stories, often about his loved ones, were his way of keeping alive those he’d lost so that no one would be forgotten. As those who spent any time with him can attest, he loved to talk to people and share his tales (whether his audience was a willing participant or not, and no matter how many times he’d told the story before.) David couldn’t keep a secret to save his life, was a sucker for any animal that snuggled with him, wore his heart on his sleeve, was honest to a fault, fiercely loved his family, had a twinkle in his eyes (especially when looking at his wife), kept the bar well-stocked, and was always, always there to provide his unconditional, steadfast support and love.
David was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Edward “Jack” Prose and his mother, Genevieve Irene (Glover) Prose of Ottumwa, Iowa; his sister, Judith Diane (Prose) Servis; and many others whom he deeply missed. He is survived by his wife of over 45 years, Christine Kay (Goode) Prose, daughter Amanda Kay (Prose) Pruetz and husband Christopher Scott Pruetz, son Lucas Edward Prose and wife Candice Sheranne (Byerly) Prose, and his beloved baby dog, Sugar Bear Prose.
David, a proud veteran of the United States Coast Guard, will be laid to rest at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas, at a date to be determined.
A celebration in honor of David’s life will be held at Vernon’s Lakeside on Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points, Texas on Saturday, March 28, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, we ask to honor David’s memory through donations made in his name to the Outlive Yourself Foundation, created to honor and support the gift of life through organ donation (214-522-0255); the American Legion Post 310 in Mabank, TX (903-887-3532); or to the charitable organization of your choice.
David’s family profoundly thanks the UT Health East Texas ER staff and EMS team for their extraordinary care, as well as the organ donation staff that worked to help him live on through the gift of organ donation.
We will carry his stories and love with us always.
David, we love you, and are blessed beyond words to have had you in our lives.