Don Preece

November 20, 1950 — January 31, 2017

Don Preece

Donald Mack Preece passed away in the early morning of Jan. 31, 2017, after a 6 month battle with brain cancer. Don was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on Nov. 20, 1950, just a few minutes too late to be the oldest child of Karl Reed and Pearl McMechan Preece. He was second only to his twin sister, Diane Vernon, in the eventual family of four. The Preece family moved to Vernal, Utah, where Donnie, as he was called in his younger years, grew up and graduated from Uintah High School class of 1969. Shortly after graduating, he joined the National Guard in service to his country. On Aug. 6, 1971, Don married his high school sweetheart, Peggy Jean Blandford, in the Manti LDS Temple. Together they had seven children, that they enjoyed raising in Vernal, Utah. Don's working career started as a Snap-On tool dealer and later he joined his father in the family business, Preece Auto, eventually taking over the business. He loved everything with an engine and wheels. He owned, fixed and loved many cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, snowmobiles and ATV's. His love went hand in hand for the outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting and always cooking a good meal or just a drive in the mountains. He always looked forward to spending time with friends and family. He also loved the community and volunteered for many years as a member of the Uintah County Search and Rescue. Don was a true friend to many. He had a great sense of humor and never passed an opportunity to pull a prank and have a little fun. Don was a faithful, devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served willingly in many capacities including the Vernal Utah Temple, where his love for his Heavenly Father and Savior grew. Don, Donnie, Mack, Dad and Papa Don will truly be missed. He is survived by his crowning love and achievement, his family. He truly loved his sweetheart and eternal companion, Peggy Blandford Preece; children: Tawny Hughes (Jimmie), Tricia Oaks (Shane) both of St. George, Utah; Brent Preece (Lori) of Mesa, Arizona; Brad Preece (Bonny), Rhett Preece (Barsie), Tiffany Hansen (Josh), Laci Preece, all of Vernal, Utah. Also survived by his twin sister, Diane Vernon, and his brothers: Bruce and Gary Preece; as well as 22 grandchildren, with one serving in the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, LDS Mission. He is preceded in death by his parents, Karl Reed and Pearl Preece. A special thanks to all those who have provided care, support and even kind words during the last few months. Until we meet again Papa, we love you! Funeral services will be conducted Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. in the LDS Stake Center located at 78 S. 2000 W. Vernal, Utah. Both viewings for family and friends will be at the Chapel Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the services. Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park. Under the direction of the Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
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