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Tallahassee - Fleetwood Martin Pride, 69, of Tallahassee, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 at home. He was born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, and spent his early years in Abbot, Maine, but considered Tallahassee home since the early 70's.

He leaves behind his loving partner, Marilyn Larson, son Chris Stinson (Cheryl), daughter Tiffany Valente (Stephen), and stepson Thad Larson (Martha). Granddaughters Kinsley "his little bean", Brittany Watson (Jake), and Caitlyn. Grandson Seth, great grandkids Madeline and Evan. He is survived by brothers Ernest Pride (Martha); Ken Pride (Mary Beth); sisters Marilyn Chapman (Geoff), Laurel Buchmiller (Gordon); Joanne Ritchie (Ian), and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Col. Fleetwood Pride, Jr, USAF Ret., and Marion J. Pride.

He graduated from Victor Valley High School, California, attended the US Airforce Academy, received his AA degree at Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, Florida and received his BA degree from Florida State University. He retired in 1996 as a Captain, Army National Guard. Fleet had a love for skydiving, flying planes, parasailing, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking and any adventure presented to him. He participated in many local organizations and was an alumnus of Leadership Tallahassee, Class 3. His professional career included education administration as well as ownership of various businesses, the most recent Blue Water Sports because of his love of scuba diving and the outdoors.

He was a devoted father, partner, and mentor to many of his Blue Water Sports dive kids, and a friend to many others who were graced by his presence during his lifetime.

A Celebration of Life is planned Saturday Jan 6, 11:30 am at American Legion Hall, 229 Lake Ella Dr. Tallahassee, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to OAR 2545 Blairstone Pines Drive Tallahassee, FL 32301.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Dec. 22, 2017
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