Monday, May 19, 2014

Nick Priznar passed away

We were deeply saddened to learn that Nicholas (Nick) M. Priznar, well-known geologist with the Arizona Dept. of Transportation, passed away early Friday morning.  Nick had been employed for over 27 years with ADOT, in the Geotechnical Section of the Materials Group based in Phoenix

His colleagues at ADOT noted that Nick began his career with ADOT in 1986 after 10 years in mining and construction.  Nick’s technical knowledge and expertise had a tremendous influence on ADOT’s bridge foundations, slope stability, and rock-fall projects.   Nick was always our 'go-to guy' at ADOT for sharing or seeking geologic information.  [Right, Nick presenting at a geotechnical workshop in  2004.  Credit, Federal Highway Administration, US Dept. of Transportation]

Nick's family shared that they will hold a closed casket visitation from 5-8 pm, Thursday, May 22 at The Messinger Mortuary: 7601 E Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 945-9521 (cross streets are Indian School Road and 75th Street)

The funeral service will be Friday, May 23rd at 10am at The Catholic Community of the Blessed Sacrament
11300 N. 64th St., Scottsdale, Arizona 85254, phone: 480.948.8370
(cross streets are 64th st in between Cactus and Shea)
Reception to follow in the church hall.

Burial will be after the reception at National Cemetery of Arizona
23029 N Cave Creek Rd Phoenix, AZ 85024
(480) 513-3600 (cross streets Pinnacle Peak Rd and Cave Creek Rd)

In lieu of flowers, they ask donations in Nick's name be made to the American Cancer Society, Hospice of the Valley, St. Joseph's Medical Center, John C. Lincoln Hospital or the Arizona Geological Survey.


  1. Anonymous1:58 PM

    Nick loved rocks.
    Nick was a rock.
    Nick rocked!

  2. Anonymous2:00 PM

    Such sad news......I enjoyed working with Nick for many years and will miss seeing him and talking about geology in Arizona. My sympathy to his family. - Barb Murphy

  3. Anonymous7:30 PM

    Our condolences to Nick's family and friends.
    The Casey's, Watervliet NY