From a young age, Darl had an entrepreneurial spirit. When he was a boy, he worked at his family’s dairy company, The Creamery, in Colfax, Washington. Darl delivered milk to families and businesses all around the Palouse. In the early 1960’s, the dairy industry changed drastically, as large dairy corporations started buying up small family dairies, like the one Darl’s family owned.
Darl could see that his time at The Creamery would end soon, and he began to consider what he would do for a living. He saw an opportunity out at the docks one day. An ardent fisherman, Darl noticed the carnage he and his fishing buddies were creating by exploring the Snake River back in the day. He knew someone needed to service this industry and decided to open up a shop fixing $10 props for $5 apiece. The first shop was on Montgomery Avenue, and it had a dirt floor.
In the 1970’s, the boating industry expanded to include wakeboarding and inbound boats. There was a surge in the company’s growth, because Precision Propeller adapted to the new need. Soon after that, we needed a bigger shop: we are happy to report that this one has a real floor. Darl was active in the community as a member of The Spokane Yacht Club, The Paul Harris Society of Rotary, and he served on the Hillyard Business Association, and Morning Star Boys’ Ranch.
Darl’s passion, however, was swinging a hammer at Precision Propeller. Full of character and charm, he always entertained people with his sayings. Darl passed away in 2014, and his son Darren, his grandson Colton and their long-time employee Shawn are now running Precision Propeller. Every day, we think of Darl and do our best to operate the business in his memory.
“If my lips were any bigger, I would kiss myself.” ~ Darl Prouty
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