Car crash victim remembered as witty and loving husband |

Car crash victim remembered as witty and loving husband

William Ferchland

Richard Prisble, a husband and retired post office worker, was identified as the lone fatality from a single-vehicle wreck along Lake Tahoe Boulevard near Sawmill Pond.

Prisble left behind a wife of 10 years and two border collies, Annie and Indie, he treated and cherished like children.

“I’m never going to get married again in my life. I’ll never find anybody who took care of me like he did,” his wife, Sally, said while struggling not to cry.

“I loved him. I don’t love too many people but I did love Rich.”

Prisble died Sunday afternoon after hitting a power pole with his 1994 Isuzu Rodeo while traveling northbound along the road. He was 61.

Pete Van Arnum, coroner with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, said the autopsy was pending but preliminary indication was Prisble died from major chest injuries.

The Marine, who survived the Vietnam War, worked for the South Lake Tahoe Post Office for a decade before retiring a few years ago, friends said. Co-workers described Prisble as a dedicated employee who enjoyed cracking jokes and exercising his wit. He followed politics and was a fan of Rush Limbaugh.

Nancy Callaway trained Prisble when he joined the postal service. Callaway said her protege was always smiling; a friendly person to be around.

“We’re all a team here,” she said, trying to find the words. “We’re like family. He was a hard worker. We all enjoyed working with him. … Nothing ever tragic happened to us.”

Carrier Tim Devol said Prisble liked to fly a large kite in a meadow near Sawmill Pond. Devol recently drove Prisble to a bank and supermarket.

“I was surprised to see his health pretty much deteriorating,” Devol said, adding, “When he got in the car he told me his wife was afraid of his condition and hid all the car keys.”

Sally said her husband suffered from depression and other illnesses.

“He just didn’t want help but he was loved and we are going to miss him,” she said.

Authorities said Prisble wasn’t wearing a seat belt and there were no skid marks. The case remains under investigation.

Van Arnum said the autopsy will reveal if Prisble suffered from a medical condition before the crash.

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