Don Pringle was born in Lancashire and moved to Kenya as a landscape consultant in the late 1950s. Derek was born in Kenya in 1958. Like his son, Don was a fast-medium bowler. At 43 years of age he opened the bowling in two of East Africa's three matches in 1975, without taking a wicket.
He was killed in a car crash later that same year, returning home from a cricket match in Nairobi in which he'd taken 6 for 16.