Stanley John Prager (1927 - 2018)

  • "Stan was always a delight and pleasure to listen to his..."
    - Carol Harms
  • "RIP Stan, I remember many great times at Sarah J...."
    - chuck Sester
  • "Sorry to hear about Stan passing. Will miss him at family..."
    - Terry Fuller
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    - Romaine & Steve Austin
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    - Wayne Rickert

November 28, 1927 ~ May 2, 2018

Born in Spokane, Washington, the youngest of two sons, Stan moved with his parents Nicholas J. and Mary Ursula (Gebhardt) Prager, and older brother Kenneth to Vancouver, Washington, in 1929. He graduated from Vancouver High School in 1946. His father was an engineer for the SP&S railroad. His mother graduated from Washington State Normal School at Bellingham, now known as Western Washington University, with a teaching certificate.
A veteran of WWII, he served with the 441st Army Ground Forces Band stationed at The Presidio of San Francisco after completing basic training at Camp Lee Virginia. He received the World War II Victory Medal, was recommended for further military training, and honorably discharged in March 1947.
Upon returning to Vancouver, he continued his education utilizing the GI Bill, attending Clark College, the University of Oregon, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Lewis and Clark College (1953) and his Master of Science in Teaching from Portland State University (1966).
He retired in 1989 from the Vancouver School District after 30 years of teaching. His career began in elementary school, transitioned to teaching science at Jason Lee Middle School, and was completed as the librarian at Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School.
He leaves his wife, Kathryn Edgecomb; numerous nephews, a niece, and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, nephews, James G. and John N.; and former wife, Sharon Lee Leach.
A special thank you to Stan's caregivers, Toni and Sheree, from Visiting Angels-Vancouver. Your compassionate, skillful and heartfelt care and support was priceless. You are angels.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11a.m., May 19, 2018 at Park Hill Cemetery (Section B). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gorilla Foundation (, Salvation Army, Meals-on-Wheels, or .
Stan was a man of many accomplishments and interests: educator, fireman for the SP&S railroad on the last of the steam engines, jazz musician, pilot, watercolor painting, astronomy, geology, birdwatching, photography and a great sense of humor. Because there are more stories than space here to tell them, a Celebration of a Life well lived is planned for the spring of 2019 (for more information email: [email protected]).
Hamilton-Mylan was entrusted to his arrangements.

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Published in The Columbian on May 13, 2018
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