Father-In-Law

“Michael Prins of Eden Prairie, MN passed aw­­­ay peacefully in his home on July 30 at the age of 60, after being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in October 2009. He was born May 28, 1951 in Grand Rapids, MI to George & Dorothy Prins. Mike was married to Cindy Schleif in 1974. He is survived by his wife; his three sons Ryan (Jamie), Paul (Jordan) & Kyle (Kelsie); and brothers, David (Teri), Bob (Merry) & John (Barb).

Mike was raised in Bloomington, MN and graduated from Bloomington Kennedy High School in 1969 and from the University of Minnesota in 1973. Mike dedicated 37 years to the insurance industry working most recently for Aon then Hays Companies, specializing in energy & utilities. He retired as an Executive Vice President from the Hays Companies in September 2010. His sense of humor, gentle spirit, quiet dignity, and loyal service to God will be deeply missed. Mike loved sailing, travelling, playing golf, was a member of the Hazeltine National Golf Club and a great storyteller, husband, father, brother & friend to all who knew him.”

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My favorite lines from my father-in-law to me:

“So tell me, do you use chopsticks at home?”
– First time we met

“Want a piece of advice? Be careful about drinking too much at a business event.”
– Every dinner out

“You look beautiful.”
- Every time I wore a dress

“Jamie, you honor our family by joining it.”
– Wedding speech

“Pour me a glass, I can’t let Jamie drink alone.”
– Last Christmas

“You know, you’re the best thing that’s happened to him.”
– Last Week

Photos at Salty's
Brunch at Salty’s in Seattle 2008

My Last Visit with Ryan's Dad
Last Weekend in Minnesota 2011

Walk to Defeat ALS

    • val
    • August 2nd, 2011 11:48am

    great quotes, james! I’m glad he was able to spend his last days surrounded by all the people he loves.

    • Jamie
    • August 5th, 2011 1:11pm

    Thanks Val! Definitely glad Ryan got to spend the month in Minnesota.

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