OBITUARY: Robert Lloyd Pruett
Robert Lloyd Pruett passed away on Easter Sunday April 4, 2010.
Robert was born January 20, 1911 to Robert Lee Pruett and Josie Baugh Pruett in Los Angeles, CA. The Pruetts had been missionaries of the Christian Church in Japan for over twenty years. Robert’s 3 brothers and sister were born in Japan.
Robert attended school in Hawaii and Los Angeles. Robert enrolled in the University of Nevada in 1931 where he played football, boxed, and met Margaret Park. After two years at Nevada, he returned to Hawaii and worked for his sister, Elizabeth Farrington, publisher of the Honolulu
Star Bulletin. He received his BS degree from the University of Hawaii in 1935.
He returned to Nevada and married Margaret Park.
They had sons David Lloyd and Robert Lloyd and a daughter Zoe (Dingman).
Son, Robert Lloyd Pruett Jr., married Ann Sousce and they had 4 children.
Robert was called Lloyd by all his family and Bob by the Park family in Carson Valley, NV. Robert was a successful rancher with over six thousand head of sheep at one period. In 1948, Robert was elected as the Assemblyman from Douglas County to the Nevada Legislature. Robert’s slogan was “cowmen should vote for a sheep guy once in a while.”
Robert served many terms as Douglas County Commissioner and two terms as Chairman.
Robert Pruett personally obtained from George Whitell those grants of land that have become
Whitell High School and The Round Hill Sewer Improvement District Plant.
Robert Pruett was a founding member of the Sewer district and served from 1955 through 2009 (54 years) on its Board of Directors.
In 1964 when the Park Cattle Company was creating the Edgewood Golf Course, several plans
for the club house presented by architects were turned down. Robert then built a large 3 foot by
4 foot model of his vision of a club house. That model basis is now one of the most functional and spectacular club houses in the country.
Robert was a writer and published 7 books and he loved to paint. He became an avid big game hunter and made 3 major safaris to Africa. He had trophies taken from the Amazon Basin and from the Himalayas.
In 1965, a movie Wild is the Wind, was made on the Pruett Ranch south of Gardnerville, starring Anthony Quinn as a sheep rancher. Robert played the role of the Basque sheepherder. It was not his first movie experience; in 1930 he worked in Hollywood as a double for Douglas Fairbanks.
His life was colorful and adventurous. He was a pilot with several thousand hours time in small planes. He spoke Spanish and some Basque. He was entertaining, could play a good piano and sing well. He worked years building a perpetual motion magnet machine.
He experimented with every combo of food and vitamins possible. He was almost never sick and always refused to go to a doctor. He ran a 4.23 mile in college. He got a traffi citation at 98 years old for no plates on his Jeep. He was 99 years old when he passed away peacefully.
Robert Lloyd is survived by son David and daughter Zoe; five grandchildren Greg, Kelly, Stacy,
Cindy, and Jeff and 14 great grandchildren.His son Robert Sr. passed away in 1969. Margaret Park Pruett passed away in 1992. Pruett passed away in 1992.
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