Richard J. “Dick” Prigge, Sr.
Richard J. “Dick” Prigge, Sr., passed away December 26, after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Santa Barbara to Walter and Ada (Strangland) Prigge on December 11, 1930. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School and the University of California, Santa Barbara (1953). After a two-year stint with the US Navy, he taught at San Mateo High in the bay area and earned his Masters Degree at San Francisco State. He returned to Santa Barbara to coach football at San Marcos High School and in 1966 was a key member of the staff that opened Dos Pueblos High School. Dick will be remembered for his years there in many roles: Head Football Coach, Athletic Director, Assistant Principal and ultimately Principal from 1978 until he retired in 1990. During his tenure as principal, DPHS was recognized as a “California Distinguished School” for the quality of its programs and the high level of student academic achievement. After retirement, he enjoyed playing golf, working in his wood shop, attending local football games at DPHS, and traveling with his wife of 29 years, Pauline Paulin. He is also survived by son Richard Prigge, Jr., daughters Kimberly and Tamsin (son-in-law Craig Blue); and their mother, Diane Kirkpatrick.
A celebration of his life will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church on 83 Eucalyptus Lane on Saturday, January 8, at 10:30 AM.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Student Art Fund www.studentartfund.org at P. O. Box 91928, Santa Barbara, CA 93190-1928.