Walter Harley (Walt) Pryor, 70, of Cottonwood, died Sunday, March 15, 2009 of the effects of 3 blood cancers: Polycythemia Vera, Multiple Myeloma, and Amyloidosis at his home in Cottonwood. Walt was the oldest child of Henry Nicholas Pryor and Hazel Evelyn Talbott. He was born September 10, 1938 in Superior, Wisconsin. Walt grew up on a dairy farm in Township of Superior, Douglas County, Wisconsin where he completed his earlier education. He earned his AA from Mount San Antonio College, in Walnut, California in May 1972. He completed his BA in May 1974 from California State University, Fullerton, in Fullerton, California.
Walt served in the United States Army from 1961-1963 with service mainly in Europe and particularly at the Berlin Wall. Burial will be in the Northern California Veterans Cemetery, Igo, California with full military honors on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. Honorary pallbearers are: grandsons, Ryan Alan Jacobson and Tyler Scott Jacobson; son-in-law, Scott Alan Jacobson; brothers-in-law, Donald Gene Carlson and David Charles Arter; and dear friends, Gary Leonard Peterson and Glen B. Nielsen.