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James Franklin Prewitt, Jr.

January 31, 1949 September 7, 2020
James Franklin Prewitt, Jr.
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Obituary for James Franklin Prewitt, Jr.

Frank passed through the doors of Heaven on Labor Day 2020 despite his family’s strong objection and keen negotiation tactics. Well, the joke's on you, Frank, as it appears we do get the final word, so here it is:

Given this spectacle-of-a-year in history, we thought it appropriate to kick Frank's obituary off with a few “F-words” that were near and dear to his heart.

Faith: Frank was not a fan of religion; however he lived a life of faith in a powerful God. A life of faith, as Eugene Peterson described “...a decision to walk in His (God’s) ways, steadily and firmly, and then finding that the way integrates all our interests, passions and gifts, our human needs and our eternal aspirations. It is the way of life we were created for.”

Family: Frank scored a spectacular (and quite humble) family, both genetically and divinely orchestrated. He believed loving our neighbor meant loving people regardless of their background or differences. He cast his net far and wide when it came to loving people. No one was too far gone, or too weird for Frank’s compassionate heart. In fact, the weirder the individual the better. He took many goons under his wing. If you are smiling or hearing voices right now, rest assured we are referring to you.

Forgiveness: If ever pressed for sage advice from Frank, one would likely receive some combination of “Live, love and laugh well. Be kind. Be slow to anger and quick to forgive. Life’s too short to hold on-to stuff. Take your cue from that guy Jesus. It's always smart to run with the good guys, and He is the ultimate good guy.” If you ever want to chat about Jesus, set aside your afternoon and give V a call. :)

Frank wore many hats in his 71 years, including: State Trooper, Assistant Attorney General, Director of Alaska Psychiatric Institute, Deputy Commissioner (DOC), Commissioner (DOC), Secret Agent Man, writer, entrepreneur, captain, honorary member of Jean Shadrach’s Garagéair Group, instructor, worship leader, humorist, husband, father and papa. But his most esteemed title was probably “Canvas Boy,” a term he coined while stretching his beloved wife’s art prints in their garage, Carly Simon blasting in the background and a cold gin on the workbench. He loved cruising the open water, raising his kids to cherish the sea and Prince William Sound. He disdained small talk, but could BS his way through a ballroom full of humans, if necessary. His love was quiet and deep, and if you were lucky enough to cross paths with him, you are no doubt better for having known him.

Frank is survived by his beautiful and talented wife V Rae, brilliant and obsessive-compulsive son Jason Prewitt and wife Sasha; gifted and sarcastic daughter Tara and husband Andre Horton; loving and whimsical daughter Kelly and husband Caleb Preston; dashing and honorary son Andrew Lange and wife Stacey; adorable and sassy granddaughters Caedra James, Aarya Lee and Ruby James; sisters Joyce Smith, Grace and husband Harold Sevener; a whole pack of cousins that we don’t get to see as much as we would like, and [insert your name if you knew and loved him].

We’re not crying, you’re crying! (*sniff*)

Frank was not the memorial service type, so please raise a glass to him the next time you are gathered with loved ones. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor can be made to the Alaska SeaLife Center and the Alaska Zoo.

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