James W. (Jim) Pringle
1940 - 2020
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James W. (Jim) Pringle was born on October 3rd, 1940 in Seattle Washington and died unexpectedly on April 18th, 2020 due to natural causes.

Jim was a respected biology teacher, coach (swimming and tennis) and administrator at Cascade High School from the school's inception in 1962 until his retirement in the late 1990's. He also held part-time side jobs as a biology professor at Bellevue Community College; and as the Aquatics Director of Klahaya Pool in Edmonds in the late 60's where his two oldest children developed their love of swimming. Jim was a "Bruin" for life and his home and clothing always had some sort of reference for his love of Cascade High School.

Jim's love of family was highlighted by his marriage in 1962 to his high school sweetheart, Joanne Pendergast-Pringle. Jim was devoted to Joanne throughout their nearly 55-year marriage. Jim's favorite hobby was scuba diving and he was a long-time member of the Everett Sounders Dive Club. He also taught others this passion as a NAUI scuba instructor. He made family life fun by including them in his scuba adventures and love of the outdoors. Family adventures were planned around Puget Sound, the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands, Lake Goodwin, and an occasional fresh-water dive. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and shared his love of the sea and marine life with his three children. Jim also had a love of old cars and spent his retirement years attending car shows and collecting trophies for the 1951 Lincoln Lido he had restored to its original glory.

Jim volunteered as a meet referee, starter, and team president for the South Snohomish County Dolphins Swim team in support of his children's swimming ventures. He also volunteered as a starter and meet referee for both Cascade and Mariner High School's swim teams. Later, Jim would support the athletic endeavors of his youngest son, coaching his youth basketball and baseball teams and rooting him on at Cascade High in football, basketball and baseball.

Jim was preceded in death by his beloved wife Joanne, his parents Heber W. and Bertha Pringle, and by his daughter in-law Barbara Pringle. He is survived by his only sister Jill Jones of Poulsbo WA, his three children and their spouses: John Pringle and wife Shawna of East Wenatchee, WA; Janine Blatt and husband John of Portland, OR; and Joseph Pringle and wife Jaime of Gig Harbor, WA; his eight grandchildren: Cole and Chase Pringle; Philip and Austin Blatt; and Geoff, Chelsey, Justin, and Kaleb Pringle, and many nieces and nephews.

A private graveside inurnment service is planned for the near future, and a public memorial will be planned later when the effects of the Corona Virus subside. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. An online memorial can be seen at

www.lewischapel.com




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Published in Kitsap Sun from May 6 to May 10, 2020.
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22 entries
May 15, 2020
Mr Pringle was a very inspirational teacher for me...RIP
Dan Beard
Student
May 14, 2020
Mr Pringle was awesome and made a huge impact in my high school years. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.
Angie DellaPenna
Student
May 14, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Mike Farrell
Student
May 14, 2020
Mr. Pringle was my favorite teacher in high school and one I thought of a lot over the years. Im so sorry for your loss. I hope that knowing how much he meant to so many helps to ease your heartache a bit.
Nicki
Student
May 14, 2020
I loved Mr. Pringle; his humor, witt & kindness. I was often sent to his office due to my rebellious shenanigans !
What a great man.
This is so sad to hear ~ My condolences to his family
Wendy Gail (Bevers)
Student
May 14, 2020
Mr. Pringle was a wonderful teacher and coach! He was so kind and funny. All of the kids who knew him at Cascade liked and respected him. I'm so very sorry for your family's loss.
Tracy
Student
May 14, 2020
Cindy
May 13, 2020
He made us dissect frogs. Ick! I did get a good grade. :)
Karen Walter
Student
May 13, 2020
He touched so many lives, in was a joy when a student got him for a teacher! He was the fun teacher you wished youd get before getting your schedule for the year! I graduated in 79 and will always remember him! He was truly loved! To his family, Im truly sorry! No words can express the sadness of losing a parent and grandfather!
Kimberly
Student
May 13, 2020
Have only the best memories of Coach Pringle and teacher Mr. Pringle. Wise man.
Tracy
Student
May 13, 2020
Mr Pringle was one of my favorite teachers. He made science interesting and fun. He was a great man. CHS 74 Rest In Peace.
Roxanne Masayon
Student
May 12, 2020
I am sadden to hear the news of Mr Pringle's passing. He was an amazing man with a gift of education and optimism. He was friends with my parents through swimming, my brothers and myself all had Mr Pringle as a teacher at Cascade High School and his involvement with the swimming teams. My heart felt condolences to his family and many friends. Jim, you will be truly missed. CHS 76
Suzanne Buck
Student
May 12, 2020
Great teacher...lovely sense of humor!
Sharon Parks
Student
May 12, 2020
He was a kind and compassionate teacher who truly cared about his students. So sad to hear this news.
Justin Pettis
May 11, 2020
Jim left a positive mark on so many students and he was a friend to my parents Don And Barbara Wise. He Will be honored at the 1970 CHS 50th reunion in Sept. Sorry for your loss. Susan and Russ Gemmer
Susan Gemmer
Student
May 11, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I graduated from CHS in '82 and have very fond memories of J.P. (as my friends and I called him). Always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye, as he walked the halls. Many hugs to you. #GOBRUINS
Diane Neumann-Pruett
Student
May 10, 2020
Mr. Pringle was an amazing teacher at Cascade High School, lots of memories. RIP, sir, you were amazing.
Christi Aguilar
Student
May 10, 2020
Jim Pringle was my tennis coach. He had a very healthy perspective, which helped me enjoy tennis my entire life. He was a wonderful man. Curt LeMaster (Class of 67)
Curt LeMaster
Student
May 10, 2020
He was a wonderful person. I took SCUBA lessons from him, obviously a real adventurer! A well respected teacher at Cascade when I was there. Condolences to the family. ~peter cattle (Cascade '71)
PETER CATTLE
Student
May 9, 2020
He was a great man, I really looked up to him. RIP Mr. Pringle. CHS class of 1978
Judy Hisgrove
May 9, 2020
He was a great man, I really looked up to him. RIP Mr. Pringle.
Judy Hisgrove
May 9, 2020
Prayers for the family
DeLain Greene Cascade Class 1980
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