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Salem City Park volunteer dies at 84

Thursday, November 4, 2004

Staff Writer

A fixture at the Salem Park for the last 10 years died Oct. 27 at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem.

Jack Ray Prine, 84, of Salem died from an undisclosed ailment, according to officials at the Fulton County Hospital.

The death of Prine, who worked tirelessly at Salem City Park, was a sad blow to the community.

"He will be missed," said Salem Mayor Gary Clayton. "Jack did a great job of keeping that park clean and we're going to miss him," said Clayton.

Clayton said Prine would spend 40 to 50 hours a week cleaning the park, even though he was being paid for only 20-hours a week through the Arkansas Green Thumb Program.

Several residents at the Salem City Hall said they fondly remember Prine cleaning the park day after day.

Clayton said Prine cleaned the park for years free of charge.

"He wanted the park cleaned for the kids. Jack enjoyed watching the kids play," said Clayton.

Prine, a World War II veteran and small appliance repair man, moved from Texas with his wife to Elizabeth in the 1970s. After the death of his wife, Prine moved to Salem and started cleaning the park.

Clayton said little is known about Prine because he didn't divulge information about himself.

Prine was buried at the Custer-Herron Cemetery in Gepp Oct. 30. He is survived by his stepdaughter, Judy Cleveland, and five grandchildren.

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