Mark Stephen Pridgen of Smithville, Texas, died on March 29, 2019, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born in Houston, Texas on Feb. 7, 1956 to Betty and Ed Pridgen.
Mark’s family moved to Pearland, Texas when he was 10, where he spent the next six years playing ball and shooting guns in and around what was then a rural community. After graduating high school, Mark started his lifelong career in the water business. He worked for the City of Houston, the City of Pearland and a private company, Fluid Meter Services. He started his own business in 1998, Southern Meter Services, which he sold in 2005 when he moved to Smithville, Texas. Shortly after moving to Smithville, he was employed by Aqua Water Supply where he worked for the last 14 years, most recently as Safety Inspector.
Mark served as a volunteer firefighter in Pearland, Texas for 18 years. He was dedicated and passionate about his service, evidenced by the many meals and activities placed on hold when he got “the call”.
Softball was a big part of Mark’s adult life. He loved to play and coach the sport. While coaching a women’s fastpitch team, he met Debby Small who became his wife of 41 years. After the birth of their daughter Stephanie in 1984, Mark was very involved in the Dad’s Club Softball program in Pearland, where he coached and served on the board for many years. Throughout his life, Mark enjoyed hunting and fishing with his lifelong buddies as well as watching football, baseball, golf and car racing. In recent years, his favorite activity was entertaining his grandson Owen, who was truly, the light of his life. Owen was the best medicine for Mark’s strong will to live.
Mark was preceded in death by his daughter, Lynn and his father, Ed. He is survived by his wife, Debby, of Smithville, Texas; his daughter, Stephanie Miller of El Paso, Texas and her husband, Wes and their son, Owen; his mother, Betty Pridgen, of Pearland, Texas; his brother, Paul Pridgen and his wife, Nancy, of Pearland, Texas and their sons, Matthew, Phillip, Anthony and their families.
The celebration of Mark’s life will be Friday, April 12, 2019 at 11am at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Bastrop, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local volunteer fire department.