Emery L. Prickett (1948-1985)
Emery Lee Prickett was born August 23, 1948 in Torrance, LA County, California,
to Leroy and Norma Prickett. He committed suicide on January 14, 1985
in Covina, California.
Emery lived much of his life in the LA area, California. He was a convert to
the LDS Church at age 18. Emery was married in 1971 in the Los Angeles Temple and he and his
wife had three children. Later he divorced. Some time after his divorce, Emery was given custody
of his three children, whom he raised with his partner Richard.
Emery became involved in Affirmation in Los Angeles in its early years. He held a variety
of positions including assistant Los Angeles chapter director. He served as general coordinator
of Affirmation (the equivalent to an executive director) in 1983-1984. He was very well liked by
everyone and had an undeniably enthusiastic spirit. He and his partner Richard contributed much
to the organization.
The greatest achievement in Emery's life was the way he bettered himself.
He was born into a ghetto family situation and he lifted himself to achieve
professional status in his occupation and life. He became controller of
Ameriton Paint Co. and then went on to work in prominent positions in
Xerox and in real estate.
Emery committed suicide January 14, 1985, in Covina, California. He was survived by his partner
Richard and his three children.
A garveside service in memory of emery was held January 18, 1985 at the Loma Vista Memorial Park.
Emery is buried in the Loma Vista Memorial Park in Fullerton, California.
Quote by Emery:
"I know without a doubt that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I also know that even though I am Gay, I have not lost my testimony of the Gospel. I really appreciate belonging to Affirmation" ("Working for What You Believe In", Affinity, March [April] 1984, p. 1).
A Tribute to a Star: Emery Prickett
"Comments from a Candidate for General Coordinator." Affinity, September 1983, p. 2.
"From Our General Coordinator." Affinity, November 1983, p. 1.
"From Our General Coordinator." Affinity, December 1983, p. 1.
"From Our General Coordinator." Affinity, January 1984, p. 1.
"From the General Coordinator." Affinity, March 1984, p. 1.
"Working for What You Believe In." Affinity, March [April] 1984, p. 1.
"From the General Coordinator." Affinity, May 1984, p. 1.
"In Memoriam: Emery L. Prickett (1948-1985)." Affinity March 1985, p. 3.
"Our Tenth Year: A Gay Mormon Reunion of Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons" (Conference Program). The Salt Lake Sheraton, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 15-17, 1987, pp. 17-18.