SPC Michael Kim Pritchard, a former resident of Gresham, Oregon, passed away on January 13, 2013 at Ft. Carson, Colorado. He was 26 years of age.
Michael was born on May 16, 1986 in South Korea and was the son of Dennis and Susan Pritchard. He attended Gresham High School where he played football and was on the wrestling team. He graduated in 2005 and attended classes at Mt. Hood Community College and Linn Benton Community College. He worked for a short time at Colwood Golf Course in Portland.
Michael "Doc" enlisted in the United States Army in 2008. He served with the Warhorse Team, 2STB and the 1-67 AR since 2010. He served two tours of duty in South Korea and was a Combat Medic in Afghanistan, returning from deployment in 2012. He was most recently stationed at Ft. Carson and had achieved the rank of Specialist.
He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed pro and college football. He was an Oregon State Beavers Fan as well as a fan of Notre Dame. He also enjoyed playing Texas Hold'em and playing golf with his dad especially when he got to drive the golf cart.
Michael was generous to a fault and would do anything to help his family and friends. He was very witty, had a great sense of humor and was very affectionate with his contagious hugs. He had great respect and love for his "Brothers in Arms" and deeply enjoyed serving his country. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Michael is survived by his parents, Dennis Pritchard of Portland, Susan Pritchard of Gresham and sister, Gina Pritchard-Wilson of Portland along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends as well as his Brother's in Arms.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013 11:00 am at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham. A committal service with Full Military Honors will be held at Willamette National Cemetery. Contributions may be made in memory of Michael to the Wounded Warrior Project, 2223 Alaskan Way, Suite 220 Seattle, WA 98121.
Michael was posthumously promoted to Sergeant on January 22, 2013.