Rodney “Rod” Michael Pridmore, 68, of Fairfield, Idaho, died October 5, 2019 of injuries sustained in an accident, while flying his powered parachute.
Rod was born May 4, 1951 in Gooding, Idaho to Harold and Margaret (Rutherford) Pridmore of Richfield, Idaho. He grew up on a dairy farm with his three sisters, as his dad’s right-hand-man and his sisters’ fun-loving antagonist, mischievous tease, and idea man. It was in those early years that he began a lifetime as a true grit cowboy, a man with more vision, determination, and common sense than most.
He married his high school sweetheart and lifelong love, Sally Patterson, on August 28, 1969 and they moved to Boise to start their adventures together. They were blessed with four daughters and eventually settled in Camas County, where they spent many wonderful years together enjoying the beauty and blessings of living in God’s country and the journey of 50 years of marriage.
Living a simple life as a cowboy in the Idaho Mountains allowed Rod to focus on loving and leading his family in a life centered in the truth of Christ, leaving a legacy of Christian faith for generations to come.
Rod was a man of many talents and titles, at last count around 40 different jobs or businesses owned. He has been a farmer, rancher, dairyman, welder, pipe-fitter, garbage man, accountant, elected official (tax collector), government disaster relief employee, and a working cowboy to mention a few. His most recent venture was to purchase a herd of Scottish Highland cattle. For him, going back to his ranching roots and owning a piece of Camas Prairie was a dream come true. He was always a good and faithful provider, a trusted friend, and loving Papa to his grandkids. He also enjoyed the simple pleasures of life: a good chuckle, a hot cup of coffee with friends or family, and an afternoon nap.
His love for flying began when he became a pilot in 1979. When age and health made renewing his pilot’s license difficult, he took up powered parachutes. Flying low and slow over the Camas Prairie gave him great pleasure. He shared several videos of his flights and poetry on his website www.commonsensecowboy.com.
Rod was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Andy Frostenson, his parents, Harold and Margaret Pridmore, and his grandparents, C.M. and Priscilla Pridmore and Fred and Elnora Rutherford.
He will be forever missed by: his wife – Sally; his daughters and their families – Bobi and Bria Frostenson; Darci, Todd, Hunter, Riley, and Graci Gill; Jessi, Steve, Parker, Tristan, and Dylan Webb; and Angie, Chris, Elijah, Gabe, Eden, Anna, Isaac, Mercy, Ava, and Daniel Pickering; and his sisters – Sheri and Rick Giesler, Kelly and Butch Edwards, and Lori and Toby Dayley.
Services will be held Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Camas County High School Gymnasium in Fairfield, Idaho. Family dinner with close friends to follow. A private family interment will take place at the Manard Cemetery near Fairfield.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service – Gooding Chapel.
Rod was an author and poet and some of his writings, stories and videos can be seen on their web site - The Common Sense Cowboy. http://www.commonsensecowboy.com/blog/
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