DANIEL STEWART PRENTICE

PRENTICE, DANIEL STEWART Daniel Stewart Prentice passed away on November 28, 2012, in the loving care of Joyce Gattas and the angels at San Diego Hospice. He valiantly fought a two year battle with cancer. Dan was born on December 17, 1935, and would have been 77 on his next birthday. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on that day, December 17, at St. Paul's Cathedral at 3 p.m. with a reception to follow. Dan was born in Omaha, NE, to Reverend Robert and Doris Prentice. He was the youngest and only son of four siblings. When the family moved to Helena, Mt., he excelled in hunting, fishing, carpentry, and had a knack for giving speeches with a humorist streak. In high school he was the state jitterbug champion and an all-state quarterback. Dan worked his way through Jamestown College crewing on cargo ships from New York to India. He was very active in events and groups on campus, often taking on a leadership role. He particularly loved musical theater. He had leading role in plays and musicals and was a big hit in the role of Emile de Becque in "South Pacific" and "Og, The Leprechaun" in Finian's Rainbow." Dan was very popular and liked by all. His time in the Army found him working in Intelligence and serving in Europe. He was assigned to a post in Germany. After his honorable discharge, he felt his calling was in the church. He studied at the Princeton College Seminary where he earned his Master of Theology degree. As a Presbyterian ministry student, Dan did his residency in Los Angeles and, at that point, felt his future should be in education. He entered into UCLA and earned his Ph.D in Communication Studies. He became a professor of Communication at CSU East Bay where he received numerous outstanding teaching awards and where he met the love of his life and soul mate, Joyce Gattas. He retired recently after serving for many years as Department Chair. Dan is survived by his sister, Marlys Burnett, and 11 nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to San Diego Hospice, 4311 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 (www.sdhospice.org) in memory of Daniel Stewart Prentice.


Published in U-T San Diego on Dec. 11, 2012