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David E. Prime

Published: 10/22/2019 7:56:19 AM
Modified: 10/22/2019 7:56:17 AM

LEBANON, NH — David E. Prime, 73, of Lebanon passed away peacefully at home (a promise his wife kept for him) the morning of Thursday, October 17th surrounded by his wife Betty and son David Jr. David fought a very courageous battle with cancer for 4 1/2 years.

David was born in Newport, VT on September 22, 1946 the son of Elwin W. Prime Sr. and Margaret (Spaulding) Prime. He lived the first five years of his life in Newport and then Lebanon, NH. He lived a few of his young adult years in California until he entered the US Army. He did a tour in Vietnam. He then became an expert in painting, drywall, stucco ceilings and a specialized plaster technique. He patiently taught many in the Upper Valley his trade, including his son David Jr. His business for many years was called Prime Drywall.

David was an avid fisherman, spending his most recent birthday among family and close friends on the Connecticut River in a pontoon boat named “Betty“! He loved all animals, feeding many right from his deck, and had a special place in his heart for his beloved dog Maggie who passed before him. As well as, Molly, his most recent companion.

He is predeceased by his parents; his multi handicapped 8 year old son Jesse Richard Prime; his infant son Cody Spaulding Prime; his sister Linda (Prime) Conrad and his brother Elwin (Fibby) Prime.

He leaves his wife of 39 years Betty (Stebbins) Prime who he married February 14, 1981; son David Prime Jr.; 2 granddaughters Darcy Lancor and Breanna Prime; brother Richard (Alsie) Prime; sister Mary (Prime) Henry; many nieces, nephews and extended family and numerous friends.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the staff and providers at the Norris Cotton Oncology Dept at DHMC; a special thank you to Dr. Gregory Ripple and Elizabeth McGrath for all the dedicated care over the past 4 1/2 years; thank you to his niece Candy (Stebbins) Wynands for being “His Nurse” and for help through this difficult time; also thank you to Barry and Martha Ilsley for their support and help. Though short, the kind and loving care from his Bayada nurse Danielle and other staff was exceptional.

A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, November 4th, 1pm at the Lebanon United Methodist Church; followed by a potluck sharing of memories and gathering of family and friends from 2-6pm at the Lebanon Elks, Heater Road.

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