With a twinkle in his eye, Donald Pryds was always the first to raise his glass and initiate family dinners with a hearty"Cheers!" Born in 1926, he grew up in Oakland, California. He graduated from Oakland Technical High School where he played baseball on the varsity team. During WWII, he served in the army search light battalion stationed in Hawaii where he acquired a life-long taste for SPAM and pineapple. After the war, he completed an accounting degree at Heald Business College where he met his wife, Norma. During their marriage of 65 years, they raised four children, Diane, Dennis, Doreen, and Darleen. Don worked as an accountant in the truck-body business and completed his career as part owner of Service Manufacturing Company. He loved gardening and was deeply gratified when his garden was featured in Sunset Magazine. He was an avid sports fan, rooting for his local teams, the Oakland A's and Raiders. He enjoyed traveling, including trips with his wife to all 50 states; cruises where they always came back with new-found friends; and trips to Denmark and Finland, visiting with their cousins. He continued a longstanding family tradition of camping trips to Yosemite where the family would camp along the meadow and watch the Fire Fall. He later took great pleasure in building a cabin in Twain Harte, a place that he could escape for rest and relaxation. He loved to play cards, whether it be Bridge with their friends, Gin or especially Black Jack. Trips to Lake Tahoe were a favorite.After a short illness, Don died peacefully on December 14 at the age of 89 with his family by his side. His final resting place is at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland.He is survived by his wife, Norma; daughters Diane (Gary), Doreen, and Darleen (Scott Graham); grandsons Christopher (Jenifer) and Dennis. He was preceded in death by his parents Annie and Carl Pryds and his son, Dennis.A memorial service will be held at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 19179 Center Street, Castro Valley (http://holycrosscv.org), on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm.In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the American Diabetes Association (http://diabetes.org).