Anthony John Prickett (1944 - 2013)

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Anthony John Prickett, MRCVS, 69, died Oct. 29, 2013, at home in Glenwood, after nearly seven years of fighting the deadliest form of brain cancer. This length of time was extraordinary for this tumor and is a testament to his strength of spirit as well as the family and friends who surrounded him. He is one of the longest term survivors worldwide.
A visitation was held Friday, Nov. 1, at the Loess Hills Funeral Home in Glenwood. A Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, Nov. 2 at the funeral home. A family burial service for Tony's ashes will take place at a later date in Forest City. Part of his ashes will be scattered at Big Sugar Bush Lake in Minnesota and part on Walton Heath Golf Course in England by his brother and sister and their families.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the following: Equine Excellence Fund, College of Veterinary Medicine, ISU, Ames, Iowa 50011; Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, 505 Fifth Avenue, Suite 444, Des Moines, Iowa 50309; or the Glenwood Public Library, 109 N. Vine St., Glenwood.
Tony was born March 1, 1944, in Woking England to Eileen Buckler Prickett and John Foster Prickett. Eileen's father was Chairman of Glaxo; her grandfather was headmaster of Dover College. Eileen's mother was a direct descendant of Anne Boleyn, wife of Henry VIII. John's father was educated at Repton (location of Chariots of Fire and Good-bye Mr. Chips) and was accounts manager for British Oxygen. John's mother started a most successful millinery shop. Her father was a famous cricketer who was Captain of England.
Tony attended Repton School, Derby, England, from 1954-1962 (founded 1559). He graduated as Head of House, and was captain of the rifle team and the boxing team. In 1968, he graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, at London University. He had a medical internship at the Royal Veterinary College from 1968-1969 which was followed by an equine residency in medicine and surgery at Iowa State University from 1969-1972. He was an equine practitioner in a 10-person veterinary practice in Salisbury, England from 1972-1974. After his marriage in 1975 to Sally Brown, DVM, they purchased a veterinary practice from Dr. Alan Raun and started Prickett Veterinary Clinic in Cumming. This practice was limited to large animals and specialized in horses. He became an Iowa Race Commission Veterinarian at Bluffs Run Greyhound Track in Council Bluffs in 1989. Tony and Sally and their two sons moved to Glenwood in September 1991 after selling their practice in Cumming.
Tony was a longtime member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, British Veterinary Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Quarter Horse Association (Lifetime), Iowa Quarter Horse Association (he helped start the Iowa Amateur QHA with Sally), Iowa Horse Industry Council (president two years, during passage of pari-mutual in Iowa and started the Iowa Horse Fair), US Soccer Federation (certified referee) and the Iowa Soccer Association (state board member numerous years).
Tony and Sally met at Iowa State University at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 1969 and were married in Forest City, in 1975. This marriage was blessed with two sons, John Rodger (1981) and Thomas David (1984). John received his Ph.D. from ISU and will receive his DVM degree in May of 2014. Tom received his Juris Doctorate from Creighton and practiced in Omaha, Neb.
Tony was passionate about golf, soccer, racquetball, hunting, fishing, skiing, country music, cooking, dog walking, and reading among other things. He loved to teach his sons and coach them in these activities as well as participate with his many friends. He loved Big Sugar Bush Lake in Minnesota and Sun City West, Ariz., where he had many friends as well. He had a great zest for life and continued forward until the end.
Tony is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sally; son John Rodger and his wife Alana McNutt Prickett; son Thomas David and his wife Emily Van Norman Prickett; brother Peter J. Prickett (Sara) of U.K.; sister Susan Prickett Griston (John) of U.K. and their families and a host of friends.
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Glenwood, IA 51534
712-527-5241
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Published in The Opinion-Tribune on Nov. 6, 2013