Prentiss Dean Putman “Putt”
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Prentiss Dean Putman, affectionately known as "Putt," on Thursday, January 11th, 2024, at the age of 83. Born on May 28th, 1940, in Odonnell, Texas, to Jesse Dean Putman and Rosie Annie Mae (Morgan) Putman.
Putt's journey through life was marked by hard work, dedication, and a passion for family. After attending O’Donnell High School for two years, he ventured to El Paso, Texas, where he pursued a career as an electrician. In 1967, he achieved a significant milestone by founding Horizon Speedways and served as its President, garnering victories in numerous races.
His professional endeavors led him to various places, and in the early 1970s, he found his home in San Juan County He was a member of the IBEW611 for over 50 years. His contributions were integral to the construction of the San Juan Generating Power Plant and Four Corners Powerplant. In 1973, he met the love of his life, Frances, and they were later married at the First Baptist Church in Aztec, New Mexico. They built a life together in Flora Vista, raising their two children.
Not one to shy away from challenges, Putt spent winters away from his family, contributing to the construction of the Alaskan Pipeline. Upon his return, he pursued his dream, operating Tri-Cities Auto Maintenance and Machine until the end of his life. A true jack of all trades, there wasn't a problem he couldn't fix.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Putt found joy in riding motorcycles with family and friends and traveling in the RV with his loved ones. A man of action, not words, he was a pillar of strength and reliability for those around him. His love for family was unwavering, and he expressed it through his actions.
Prentiss Dean Putman is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Frances Putman, his daughter Melinda Putman, his son Jesse Putman, granddaughter Legend Otero, and Lyrical and Brandon Stafford, along with his namesake Elder Dean Stafford. He is also survived by his sister, Ressie Mae Welty, of Muleshoe, TX, and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.
In celebrating Putt's life, we remember a man whose legacy is marked by hard work, love for family, and a spirit of resilience. May his soul rest in eternal peace.