James Stephen Prokay of Mountain View died at home Aug. 15 from complications associated with an ongoing illness. He was 90.
Born April 20, 1922 in Duquesne, Penn., he was the fifth of seven children born to Lukas and Anna (Majoros) Prokay. He graduated from Duquesne High School in 1940, where he was an outstanding member of the track team, running the 220 and 440, his family said.
Prokay studied aircraft and engine mechanics at the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics in West Mifflin, Penn. He was employed by Trans World Airline as an aircraft mechanic, flight engineer and pilot. He retired from TWA in 1982 after 41 years of service.
Drafted into the United States Navy in 1943, Prokay was deferred to support the war effort working for TWA as a mechanic on the DC3s requisitioned by the military. In 1945, he was drafted into the Army Air Forces. He was stationed in Guam, where he worked as a crew chief on a C-46.
He was an active member of the TWA retired pilots group and St. Joseph Parish in Mountain View.
His family remembers him as an intelligent and energetic person who attained high goals in life, and was a dedicated family man, always showing a strong personal interest and encouragement of his many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Marion 'Tina' (Baron) Prokay; his sisters Anne Ciglan and Irene Juhasz; and brothers Joseph and Alexander. He is survived by his siblings, Margaret Estok and Edward Prokay, both of West Mifflin Penn.; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday, Aug. 20, at St. Joseph Church in Mountain View. He was buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos.