C. Norman Pricher died peacefully on Friday January 6th, 2023, having lived a vibrant, abundant life. He was the definition of a good man.
A sixth generation Floridian, Norm spent his formative years in Zephyrhills, Florida, with his mother, Ellene; his father, Otis; his sister, Sandra; and his brother, Jerarld. He lived an original Florida life with family and friends, spending time in High Springs, Boca Grand, and beyond. As a teenager, a family friend offered him a ride to Ogunquit, Maine, and a job working in a hotel. The experience ignited a sense of adventure in him and he returned again the following summer.
Norm began his freshman year at Stetson University and became a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. By the end of his freshman year, his need for discipline and service had become apparent, so he joined the U.S. Army and served from 1957-1959. Because it wasn’t wartime, he made his biggest contribution playing trumpet for his unit’s band and, often, “Taps” for veterans’ funeral services. Norm returned to Stetson with renewed focus. He majored in Business Administration and Accounting, and graduated in 1963.
Norm established his career as a Certified Public Accountant in Orlando after graduation, making lifelong friends and establishing a community that remained strong as long as he lived. Most notably, he met and married Kay, his beloved wife of 57 years. The couple were wed in 1966 at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, and became lifelong members. Norm served as Elder and sang in the Chancel Choir. In 2002, he retired from his CPA firm to enjoy summers in Montana, even suiting up as a volunteer ranger in Glacier National Park.
Norm’s first love was family. A close second, as anyone who knew him would attest, was Gator baseball and football. He heartily celebrated wins—and sometimes even losses. Celebrating, in general, came easy to him.
Norm made close friendships through a variety of organizations: the Orlando Jaycees, the North Orlando Kiwanis Club, the Orlando Touchdown Club, the Miss Florida Pageant, ADDitions School Volunteers, and Storytellers of Central Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine “Kay” Wever Pricher; his son, John Pricher, of Citrus Springs, FL, and John’s fiance, Erin; his daughter, Kari Pricher, of Columbia Falls, MT; his grandchildren, Marlee Pricher and Cole Pricher; his brother, Jerald of Zephyrhills; and his nieces, Nicole and Jean Leigh and their husbands, Rusty and Tyler.
A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday January 18th at 1pm at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. All are welcome.