Prewitt, Jack

Jack Prewitt, 65, of Portales, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales.

He was born March 9, 1940, in Midwest City, Okla., to Edith and John F. Prewitt. He grew up in North Hollywood, Calif., where family members said he attended high school with singer Ricky Nelson and other notables. 

He joined the Army in 1960. While stationed in Germany, he married Christa Rudolf. Following his discharge in 1965 the family made its home in southern California. In 1971, he moved his family to the Clayton area in northeastern New Mexico. In 1975, he re-enlisted in the Army, and was again stationed in Germany for three years. In 1980, his family relocated to Portales. When his enlistment was up, he became full time with New Mexico National Guard. In 1985, the family moved to the El Paso area and then came back to Portales in 1988.

He worked numerous jobs. In Portales, among other things, he operated a janitorial service for Portales National Bank, sold insurance and worked at Spra Green.

Family members said he enjoyed going to the lake, fishing, drag racing and debating issues with his family and friends.

He was also an animal control officer for the city of Portales. He was known as the “Dog Whisperer.” When the department would receive a call for a vicious dog, he would respond, tell the dog to “get in the truck,” and come back, family members said.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife; son, James Prewitt of Portales; daughter, Ursula Parker (and her husband, Malin) of Portales; five grandchildren, Ashely Schotschnider, Tana Prewitt, Jon Prewitt, Tony Prewitt and Chantel Prewitt, all of Portales; brother, Charles Prewitt of Burbank, Calif.; and sisters, Patsy Shirley and Kathy Madsen, both of Lancaster, Calif.

Marlin Poynor is officiating.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.