David Ward Pruitt, 73, passed away surrounded by family
members in Midland, Texas on January 4, 2020. David was born in Greenville, Texas
on January 18, 1946 to Dorothy and M.M. Pruitt. He is a graduate of Celeste
High School where he was all district in football, basketball, and track. He went
on to earn a BS degree from Texas A&M University and an MS degree in
microeconomics from Texas Tech University.
David started his career in the electric cooperative
business at Deaf Smith Electric Cooperative in Hereford, Texas. He continued at
Greenbelt Electric Co-op in Wellington, Texas and then as CEO and President of
Cap Rock Electric and Cap Rock Energy in Stanton, Texas and Midland, Texas for twenty-five
years before retiring in 2006. He was a leader in the electric utility industry
making Cap Rock Electric the first electric cooperative in US to go public, then
take private, and then sell. During his life he was an entrepreneur doing many
other things, including owning a chain of weight loss businesses, and selling
insurance, ranking in the top fifty producers of a life insurance company even after
twenty years selling his last insurance policy.
After his retirement he enjoyed traveling, visiting all of
the continents, and over 40 countries with his wife Pat.
David loved his family, especially Pat. He was an
overachiever and lived by his mantra “never give up”. He was faithful to God,
maintained dignity, integrity and grace in every area of his life.
David is preceded in death by his first wife Patricia Ann (Roach)
Pruitt in November 1998, parents Dorothy Ward Pruitt and Marion Menoah (M.M.)
Pruitt. He is survived by his wife of twenty years Patricia Ann (Smith) Pruitt,
sister, Janet Evelyn Pruitt, daughter Jana Alison Pruitt True and husband Spencer
True, sons John David Pruitt and Charles Tyler Pruitt, step-daughter Jennifer
Hamilton Bingo and husband Kyle Bingo, and seven grandchildren; Aaron Patrick
Shipp, Brandon Michael Pruitt, Mason Dixon Pruitt, Ethan David Pruitt, Kirsten Rose
Pruitt, Peyton Nicole Pruitt, and Emma Sakura Bingo.
Services will be held in Midland, Texas on Thursday January
9, 2020 at First United Methodist Church at 3:00pm with a reception immediately
following in the Atrium at Petroleum Club of Midland. An additional service
will be held in Greenville, Texas on Saturday January 11, 2020 at 2:00pm at
the chapel of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home with graveside burial at Hogeye Cemetery in Celeste,
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church,
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle &
Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland and Coker-Mathews Funeral Home of Greenville.
Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com.