David L. PRIOR
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PRIOR, David L.

55, of St. Petersburg, FL, passed away January 18, 2017. The former Army officer was the beloved husband of Debra Prior and father of Patrick, 18, and Grace, 15. David, a graduate of Boca Ciega High School and St. Petersburg Junior College, received an ROTC scholarship to Florida State University. He graduated in 1984 and was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.

After graduation, David served in the U.S. Army for five years. He was an Army Ranger, Green Beret, and Special Ops officer attaining the rank of Captain. He served 10 years in the Army Reserve.

He worked in membership and insurance sales with the AAA Auto Club South. He served for a time as the vice chairman of the Pinellas County Republican Party. More recently he had worked at Waddell & Reed as an investment adviser. He was also very active in the Boy Scouts, serving as scoutmaster in St. Petersburg. Mr. Prior is survived by his mother, Jane Murphy; his father, James A. Prior, and two brothers, Randy and Robert of St. Petersburg. Funeral service will be Thursday, January 26 at 11 am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 250 78th Ave NE, St. Petersburg.

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Published in Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 24, 2017.
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September 21, 2017
I served with Dave in the Army 1984--1989. He was a great guy. We went through the Infantry Officers course and Ranger School at Ft Benning, GA. We were then both assigned to Ft Ord, 7th ID(L) and C co, 1-32nd Inf as rifle platoon leaders. I knew Dave well and wished I had looked him up years ago to reconnect. The world will miss him. My deepest sympathies to his family.
LTC(ret) Jim Nagel
June 2, 2017
To the Prior Family, I knew David thru his work. He always took quick care of my need. So sorry to hear of his passing. May you as a family become joined, and talk, express yourselves and most of all be there for all.

April 25, 2017
David was an Officer and a Gentleman, a family who loved his family and his country. He raised his hand and swore to defend the constitution. I had the pleasure to spend many hours talking with him and he will not be forgotten. My condolence to his family.
H. Patrick Wheeler
February 5, 2017
Dear Prior family,I am sorry for your loss. I didn't know Dave but my friends do and they hold him in high esteem. Rest in Peace, Brother. Roger Blunt
February 4, 2017
Dave, you are missed very much. Always a memory when you, me, and my brother, John Abbott, ran alongside Saint Pete Beach.
Michael Abbott
February 4, 2017
I miss you Dave
robert prior
January 27, 2017
So sorry to hear of David's passing. He walked many precincts with me years ago. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Connie Kone
January 26, 2017
So sorry I wasn't able to attend due to work. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mandy Hillman
January 26, 2017
Rest in peace, sir. Thank you for your service. God bless you. Sincerest condolences to the family.
Pam K.
January 25, 2017
Sincere condolences to the Prior family.
Richard Burg
January 25, 2017
My sincere condolences on the loss of David, you are in our prayers. David was an extraordinary man. There are many in the community who will deeply mourn his passing as his was a life of service, love, compassion and excellence. May he rest in peace.
Michael Mendez - OFS
January 25, 2017
Dear Prior Family:

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on David's untimely passing. The Prior's and the McCann's go way back to growing up in Scarsdale and spent lots of time together in Boy Scouts' Troop 60. There is nothing I can offer accept my prayers for Davis and for each of you. I hope each tomorrow will be a little brighter than the day before.

Please don't hesitate to call me at 914.439.3011.

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. David was a great friend to all the McCann's and will be keenly missed.

Bob McCann
Bob McCann
January 25, 2017
My sincerest condolences, to my good friend and fellow Eucharistic minister and present ministry, I am here for you all at this difficult time...
Jerry Przybyla
January 24, 2017
Farewell Elwood. You are missed.
Francis Wheelehan
January 24, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Prior family. I keep thinking back to our days at edgewood school, memories from his graduation from trinity lutheran and sports and games growing up..
john mccann
January 24, 2017
My heart goes out to all of you. Sending much love and healing thoughts.
Carol Boyce
January 24, 2017
I am so sorry Mrs. Prior, Patrick and Grace. Just know I am thinking of you and I am here if you need me.
Lori Bjostad (teacher)
January 24, 2017
I pray for peace and strength for your family. We sat through many Boards of Review together in Boy Scouts. What a great man he was. I am so sorry for your loss.
Dana Porte
January 24, 2017
My deepest condolences to the Prior family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lynn Hopkins
January 24, 2017
With our deepest condolences to David's wife and family. David was an amazing man who loved his wife, family, faith and country. A true gentleman who will be greatly missed.
Again our deepest condolences.
Lou, Lila, David and Jennifer.
Louis Overbey
January 24, 2017
January 24, 2017
On behalf of Wanda Knisley, Sean, Cheryl, Rick and Jessica Cultice, we send our sincere condolences. David was a great man and very special to our family.
God Bless you all during this time of sorrow.
Cheryl Cultice
January 24, 2017
Thoughts, prayers and condolences to the Prior family members. An exceptional father and Christian follower whose compassion, integrity and love for both country and fellow being exceeded average expectations A Mass will be offered for the repose of his soul
Frs. F.Dionne/T.Dieter
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