High Desert Mourns Passing of Herbert Prioleau
By Eliz Dowdy
Early in the week the news was received that High Desert resident Herbert Anthony Prioleau had succumbed on Sunday, July 26. Prioleau relocated to the high desert in 1999, with his wife Diana. They were involved in many high desert community civic activities. He was one of the organizers of the local bid whist card game, and actively assisted his spouse Diana with duties as president in two non-consecutive terms of office in the National Council of Negro Women, High Desert Section. He was an active contributor to the Shriners, St. Jude and the NAACP organizations.
Herbert Anthony Prioleau was born March 14, 1942, to Herbert Sr. and Arelia Prioleau. During his formative years he attended Carver Jr. High School in Los Angeles and graduated from Jefferson High School. The next celebratory occasion for him was his baptism at First AME Church of Los Angeles. He enlisted in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge.
Prioleau worked for the County of Los Angeles as a journeyman plumber, where heretired from after twenty-eight years.
Those retirement years were spent enjoying his family, his favorite hobbies, playing bid whist card games, traveling and shopping.
He is survived by his spouse, Diana, seven children, one brother, one sister, fourteen grandchildren, and a host of friends and family.
Services and interment are private, and will be held August 11 in Apple Valley.