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August 28, 2013
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~ Remembering Mr. Marvin Pritchett. ~
It is with deep respect and gratitude for a life of commitment to the values of Trust, Respect, Accountability, Integrity and Leadership that the Florida Department of Corrections salutes Mr. Marvin Pritchett. Mr. Pritchett, owner and chief executive Officer of Pritchett Trucking in Lake Butler, Florida, was an instrumental partner to the Department and a lifelong resident of Union County.
"Those of us at the Florida Department of Corrections, as well as the communities of Union County, were devastated to learn of the tragic death of Mr. Pritchett, a loss of a true friend," said Secretary Michael Crews. "To the family of Mr. Marvin Pritchett, wife Margaret, sons Phillip, Jon, Carl and Greg, daughters Robin and Denise, and on behalf of the Florida Department of Corrections, our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you. A special prayer goes out to Mr. Pritchett's children who currently or previously served as employees in the Florida Department of Corrections: Denise Willis, Region 2 Business Manager, and her husband Mike Willis, Assistant Warden at Cross City Correctional Institution; and Greg Drake, Retired Deputy Assistant Secretary."
Mr. Pritchett's relationship and support of Corrections dates back many years and has transitioned generations as he worked to develop partnerships with the Department.
"Marvin Pritchett was a great neighbor and friend to our agency in a community where corrections first began in Florida," said Deputy Secretary Timothy Cannon. "In many ways, he was a forward thinker, realizing early on the importance of reentry initiatives for offenders."
In the 1990's, Mr. Pritchett was instrumental in forming partnerships with PRIDE Cattle, a nonprofit organization that works closely with corrections to provide job skills training to offenders in hopes of reducing recidivism and victimization; moreover, he is recognized for crossing boundaries and giving employment opportunities to ex-offenders who proved themselves worthy of a second chance. As late as May 2013, under the leadership and influence of Mr. Pritchett, Pritchett Trucking turned out in support of the Department's Community Partnership Events, making his investment in public safety well known in our community.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 25,000 members statewide, oversees more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.