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John William Pristash Jr. – February 14, 2018

John William Pristash, Jr., 83, of Canyon, died Wednesday, February 14, 2018. 
Services will be at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church with Wendi Gordon and Steve Brauner officiating.  Burial will be at 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, February 27, 2018, in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery with Paul Krupicka officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Mr. Pristash was born August 24, 1934, in Cornucopia, WI, and was raised in Rock Island, IL.  He graduated from Rock Island Senior High School in 1952 and enlisted in the United States Air Force serving his country for 10 years. He was stationed overseas for five years in Hawaii, Johnston Island, Japan, and Korea.  He lived in Amarillo and Canyon for over 40 years.
He graduated in 1975 from West Texas State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.  He was a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Panhandle Chapter, TSCPA.  He owned and managed John W. Pristash, C.P.A., until he closed his office in 2005.  After leaving solo practice, he continued working for Brown, Graham, and Company, PC, until 2014.
Mr. Pristash married Anna Mae Becker on November 20, 1960, in Geneseo, IL.  She preceded him in death on November 19, 2000, and he will join her in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
He served on the Board of Directors of the Amarillo Community Center and Amarillo Council of Camp Fire.  He was a Meals on Wheels driver, a HOSTS mentor at Margaret Wills and San Jacinto Elementary Schools and Palo Duro High School, and a reader at Opportunity School for many years beginning with the program’s inception.
Mr. Pristash was a member of the West Amarillo Kiwanis Club for seven years until it disbanded and served in various offices including President.  He then became a member of the Kiwanis Club of Amarillo-South for 19 years and served on the Board of Directors for many years and was Treasurer for three years.  Upon his retirement from active employment, he moved his membership Palo Duro Kiwanis of Canyon, TX.
He was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church for over 40 years and served several times on the Church Council.  He was a Life Member of the National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association.  He was also a member of The Buffalo Sports Association and the Fast Break Fans at West Texas A&M University.  He was a avid fan of West Texas A&M women’s basketball and rarely missed a home game.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Phyllis Allison and Pauline Pristash.
He is survived by a son, Timothy Pristash of Waco; a daughter, Elizabeth Pristash of Waco; two sisters, Alveda Spencer of Phoenix, AZ, and Natalie Jehu of Midlothian, IL; a brother-in-law and spouse, Melvin and Lila Becker of Henry County, IL; a sister-in-law and spouse, Illene and Burnell Howlett of Prophetstown, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Meals on Wheels of Amarillo, 219 W Seventh, Amarillo, TX 79101; Opportunity School, 1100 S. Harrison, Amarillo, TX 79101; or Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 3500 S. Bowie, Amarillo, TX 79109.

1 Comment

  • Bob & Barbara Schneider Posted February 24, 2018 2:36 pm

    Oh how John will be missed at the WTAMU event center! He was such an avid supporter of Lady Buff Basketball, and while Coach Schneider was coaching, the players got to know him so well. We was a fine man and we all appreciate his service to our country, and his contributions to the communities of Canyon and Amarillo. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family,
    Bob and Barbara Schneider

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