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Fred Leon Prince

November 6, 2021


Dr. Fred Leon Prince 83 of Tampa passed away Saturday, November 6, 2021. He was born in Houston, Texas September 4, 1938 to Esther and Gilbert Prince. He graduated from San Marcos Academy and attended Texas Tech University for two years. He returned to Houston and graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Geology. He spent several years teaching Earth Space Science in the Pasadena and Clear Lake School Districts. While at Clear Lake he taught children of several NASA astronauts. Fred also received a Master’s Degree in Geology and Counseling, along the way to a Doctorate Degree in Science Education. He was Hired by the University of South Florida in 1971, and spent 30 years training students to teach Science.

Fred loved to travel, and the family went on many camping vacations throughout the United States. Later he and Martha traveled to Europe, China, India, Nepal, and the Baltic States. In Nepal Fred was riding on an Elephant when it stampeded from either seeing or smelling a tiger, he loved the ride. Fred wrote and illustrated several children’s books about space and dinosaurs. He also taught English as a second language to people from many different countries.

Fred is survived by his wife of 56 years Martha, his sons David of Tampa, and Brian and his wife Elizabeth of Wesley Chapel. His grandchildren Caleb, Isabella, Cassandra, and Alexander were the joy of his life and provided him with many precious memories. Also surviving are his sister Carolyn Mead and her daughter Kelley Purvis both of Fort Worth, Texas, and Jennifer Monroe of Mississippi. Fred and Martha unofficially adopted two young men from the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph and Noah Mukeveri. These young men lived with Fred and Martha for several months and are affectionately called their African grandsons. Joseph and his wife Theresa have a baby girl, Divine Martha, who is the firs Prince great grandchild.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Global Community Church 12101 N. 56th Street, Temple Terrace, with visitation at 10:00 AM and the service at 11:00 AM.

The family wishes to thank Fred’s doctors and Lifepath Hospice nurses who provided such compassionate care for Fred during his last days at home as well as support for the family.

Fred loved to learn and had a life long curiosity about everything. His life is an example of a life well lived. He is now in Heaven with his Savior and all the loved ones who were waiting for him. Henry Van Dyke wrote: “And just at the moment when someone at my side says, ‘There, he is gone’, There are other eyes watching his coming, and other voices ready to take up the shout! ‘Here he comes!’ And that is dying.”

Anyone who wishes can make a memorial contribution to Global Community Church @ P.O. Box 290263 Tampa, 33687 or Lifepath Hospice 4200 Cypress Suite 600 Tampa 33607.

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