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John Pribyl at one of his many performances at the Crosby Music in the Park. John was also the sound technician for this summer music series since its inception - photo by Joanne Boblett

Community members join family and friends to honor memory of John Pribyl

Web posted September 2, 2014
The Lakes Area lost a community supporter, musician, business owner, mentor, coach and friend on August 23, 2014.

John Pribyl, age 52, of Fifty Lakes died in a single vehicle accident on CR 1 west of Fifty Lakes in Northern Crow Wing County.

Pribyl had a strong passion for music and was a prolific songwriter. He was a friend and supporter of many members of the community. He regularly performed as a solo artist or with one of his many bands at Crosby Music in the Park, Crosslake Outdoor Music Series, Crosslake Days, Fairfield Days, Celebrating Dreams and several area music venues.

John was also mentor to musicians of all ages but loved to encourage the young performers. As the owner of One Horse Productions, which included a recording studio, he recorded several local acts over the years.

He loved his 3 sons, the outdoors, riding his motorcycle, sports in Crosby and he spent many years as a boys’ youth basketball coach.

John was the owner of John Pribyl, Inc. and drafted plans and designs for thousands of homes and businesses throughout the years.

A memorial service was held on Friday, August 29th at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crosby. A celebration of John’s life was held at the Deerwood Auditorium and musicians were invited to share their music and memories.

He was scheduled to perform at the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Klunkerfest event on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Todd Sisson will stand in for Pribyl as well as eulogize him.

The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce cancelled August 28th Music in the Park in his honor. Pribyl was the sound technician for the music series since its inception. He was also a regular performer at the event.

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