Michael Douglas Pritchard
February 20, 1946 – November 22, 2019
Michael Pritchard, 73, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2019, in Littleton, Colorado, after a valiant eight-year battle with Parkinson's disease.
Michael loved spending time with his family, listening to music from the 1960s, traveling, running marathons, keeping up with the news and watching ACC basketball games. He was admired by his family and friends for his great sense of humor and for being a true southern gentleman. Michael received his bachelor’s degree in business administration at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. His career was in investor relations at Public Service Company of Colorado, New Century Energies and Xcel Energy.
Michael was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Mitchell Pritchard, who passed away on September 22, 2019, after a valiant two-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. Michael and Joyce were married for 51 years. They were high school sweethearts from the same hometown of Hopewell, Virginia. They moved to Boulder, Colorado, in the early 1970s and raised their two sons in the Congress Park neighborhood of Denver. After retiring from Xcel Energy, Michael and Joyce moved back to Hopewell to live in their dream house on the Appomattox River for several years before returning to Colorado to be closer to their sons and granddaughters.
Michael is survived by Mike Pritchard Jr. (son), Justin Pritchard (son), Cindy Pritchard (sister), Bill Pritchard (brother), Betsy Pritchard (sister-in-law), Amy Lascara (niece), Will Pritchard (nephew), Phyllis Goldmuntz (sister-in-law), Barry Goldmuntz (brother-in-law), Jessica Stokes (niece), Aaron Goldmuntz (nephew), Karen Dunn Pritchard (daughter-in law), Marcia Pritchard (daughter-in-law), Tigist Pritchard (granddaughter), and Kidist Pritchard (granddaughter).
He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. A Memorial Service for Michael will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2019, at 2:00 PM at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary, 6601 S. Colorado Blvd, Centennial, CO, 80121. Additionally, a joint Memorial Service for both Michael and Joyce Pritchard will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 2:00 PM at St. John's Episcopal Church, 505 Cedar Lane, Hopewell, VA 23860. A reception will follow both Memorial Services at 3:00 PM.
- Joyce Pritchard, Wife (deceased)
- Mike Pritchard Jr., Son
- Justin Pritchard, Son
- Cindy Pritchard, Sister
- Bill Pritchard, Brother
- Betsy Pritchard, Sister-in-law
- Amy Lascara, Niece
- Will Pritchard, Nephew
- Phyllis Goldmuntz, Sister-in-law
- Barry Goldmuntz, Brother-in-law
- Jessica Stokes, Niece
- Aaron Goldmuntz, Nephew
- Karen Dunn Pritchard, Daughter-in-law
- Marcia Pritchard, Daughter-in-law
- Tigist Pritchard, Granddaughter
- Kidist Pritchard, Granddaughter
St John's Episcopal Church
505 Cedar Lane
- Memorial Service Saturday, December 28, 2019
- Reception Saturday, December 28, 2019
Michael Douglas Pritchard
December 23, 2019
I met Joyce Pritchard when I was hired to replace her in 1971 in Boulder as she was expecting her first child. We became friends immediately. Together with our husbands, Philip and Michael, we shared many good times while we were living in Colorado. They visited us in NH, and we visited them in Colorado, and later in Virginia. We lost contact after they moved back to Colorado. This week, I tried to look them up and was surprised and saddened to read of their illnesses and recent deaths.
They were a wonderful couple, and we retain many happy memories of the time we spent together. We extend our deepest sympathy to Mike and Justin and their families.
November 24, 2019
I began school with Mike in Kindergarten. We went thru school together and graduated from Hopewell High School in 1964. We were in Kiwanis together and with Mike's dad William Earl Pritchard before that. Rest in peace my friend.