Art was born in Thompson Falls, to Steve and Veanna Previs. He attended Thompson Falls High School where he was an All-State basketball player, and later awarded a full-ride scholarship to play both basketball and baseball for Gonzaga University. After college he served in the Army in Korea, then returned to do a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Montana. He became the Ronan High School basketball coach, and led the team to a dramatic win at the 1960 State Championship, against his Alma Mater and former coach (father Steve Previs’s) Thompson Falls team.
He married Carolyn Koetitz in 1956 and had four children, then the family moved to Lake Oswego, Ore. in 1962. He coached and taught in Lake Oswego until he retired in 1986. Since serving in Korea, he continued as a Reservist in the Army’s 451st Civil Affairs Group, retiring in 1976 as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his retirement Art moved to Wilsonville, Ore. and continued his avid interest in sports, owned a Christmas Tree farm, and traveled through Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska and assorted islands.
He is survived by his four children and nine grandchildren. His son Eddie Previs and his children Emma, Joseph, Annika, and Stefan of Oregon City, OR; daughter Patti Previs of Portland, OR; son Tom Previs, his wife Linda and their children Thomas and Maya of West Linn, OR; daughter Dianna, her husband Stamatis Vokos, and their three daughters Arianna, Caroline, and Sophia of Seattle, WA.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, August 11, at 1:00 pm, at the White Pine Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Christian Church, 306 Church St, (corner of Church and Haley) in Thompson Falls. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the American Diabetic Association at www.diabetes.org.