OBITUARY

Gerald Merrell Pratt

July 29, 1924October 7, 2020
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Gerald was born July 29, 1924 in Colonia Dublan, Chihuhaua, Mexico to Ira Wilcken Pratt and Mary Belle Merrell. At age 16 he went to Nevada to help an Uncle on a cattle ranch and graduated high school from Lund, Nevada. Immediately upon graduation, Gerald attempted to enlist in the military to help with the WWII effort, but had to wait a few months until he turned 18. He served in the Merchant Marines, assigned to the Pacific Theater until after the war ended.

Gerald married Vera Whetten on December 18, 1946. They are parents of 7 children, 37 grandchildren, and 99 great grandchildren.

Gerald has spent a lifetime of service to family, church and community. He has served as secretary- treasurer of the Zach White school PTA board, the board of trustees of the El Paso state bank, and Boy Scouts of America, serving in different capacities in both Texas and New Mexico. His 20 grandsons each earned his Eagle badge, the highest rank in scouting. A lifetime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he has served as teacher, Bishop, Stake President, Temple President, and donated 3 years as a full time missionary with his wife in Mexico, serving as Area Welfare agent, teaching emergency preparedness and provident living.

He was employed by the local John Deere agency 50 years, eventually owning the El Paso store. A farmer at heart, he has also enjoyed shooting, deer hunting, gardening, ranching, and calf roping. In 1998 he was awarded “Cattleman of the Year.” He was a lifetime member of the NRA. Until he lost his eyesight, he had a great passion for reading, and became very well read.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hillcrestfhwest.com for the Pratt family.

  • FAMILY

  • Vera W. Pratt, Spouse
  • Gerald Merrell Pratt Jr. (Virginia Pratt), Son
  • Elbert LaSelle Pratt (Anne Pratt), Son
  • Nadine Whipple (Willard Whipple), Daughter
  • Richard Floyd Pratt (Julie Pratt), Son
  • Marshal Adrian Pratt (Jill Pratt), Son
  • Lucile Van Tassell (Jessup Van Tassell), Daughter
  • David William Pratt (Melanie Pratt), Son
  • Mr. Pratt leaves behind 37 grandchildren and 99 great grandchildren to cherish his memory.

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Juan Ramos y Margie Del Toro Ramos

October 17, 2020

Recuerdos de trabajar juntos en e Templo y de un bondadoso Presidente de Estaca! 😌🇺🇸🇮🇹

Stuart Roberts

October 16, 2020

He was a very kind and professional man. I am very sorry for the family's loss. Very intelligent Christian man. Enjoyed hearing the testimonies at the online service. He was always a pleasure to speak with. God let him live a long and productive life. Soldier on in his memory surviving Pratt family members! A good example for all of us.

Rachel Arias

October 16, 2020

Dear Sister Pratt and family,
I am Rachel, Alma Pillado’s little sister. On behalf of all our family to of course include Blas, we send our sincerest love and condolences on the passing of our wonderful and loving Presidente Pratt. My husband and I had the honor of getting sealed by President Pratt at the Juarez temple and a beautiful friendship started from then. I am sure that my dear sister Alma is overjoyed in Heaven having him there. We are blessed beyond words for having Presidente and Sister Pratt in our lives. Sending blessings and love. Rachel and Alberto Arias

Sue Hansen

October 14, 2020

One of my great memories is Gerald' s story about being called to be the Very first Temple President in Juarez. Vera had recieved a phone call from President Hinckley, but Gerald was down at the ranch. He thought someone was playing a joke, so he didn't call back. Then President Hinkley called again and asked him why he didn't call back, Gerald still didn't think it was him. So, he had to prove it. Lol. The story is a great one, and ended well. Gerald became the first Temple President of the New Juarez Temple with his dear sweet Vera at his side. And what a great job they did. I can truly say, they are Saints and it was an honor to know, love and serve among them.

David Fischer

October 13, 2020

My condolences to Gerald's loved ones, for your loss. I came to know Gerald when serving as his John Deere territory manager in the 1974-1978 period. I enjoyed Gerald's love for his family, he obviously was a role model husband, father, grandfather. I will forever remember his familiar statement, "I live on love" (knowing his home was located on Love Road in the upper valley).
Peace be with you. David Fischer

Sue Villanueva

October 11, 2020

Our sincerest condolences to the Pratt family.
We were so saddened to hear of Brother Pratt's passing.
He was a kind and gentle man.
Our family has always been inspired to follow his example.

May our Heavenly Father give you strength to get through this difficult time.
Until we meet again our dear Brother.
Villanueva Family❤

MATT BELL

October 10, 2020

Tio Gerald was always a kind, soft spoken and loving man. At a family reunion in 2003 he was sitting across the cultural Hall in Verdun Arizona. I went over to give my greetings. At this time I had been a member of the family for only 3 years, having married his niece Mary Pratt in 2000. I addressed him in Spanish and he replied in kind saying "Estas seguro que quieres estar miembro de esta familia? (Are you sure you want to be a member of this family?) I replied; "with pleasure!"
I always felt his love for me. I am sure the reunion with his 6 older brothers was a tremendous celebration.

Lucille & Don Flint

October 9, 2020

Dear Vera and family,
We are so sorry to hear about Gerald's passing. He & the family played such an important part in our lives. Don says that Gerald's example of an outstanding man and friend influencing Don to become interested in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and joining.
Our lives were changed forever, especially when Vera and Gerald showed up in Mesa, Arizona for our Temple Sealing. Nadine, I think you'll remember you went to Mesa with us and all the times you and Jill were doing Baptisms for departed sisters. I seem to remember you, Nadine and Jill set a record for the day.
Some of our most precious moments were spent at your home.
May God bless you all with your ever-expanding families. Special love to Vera,

Eternal Friends,
Don & Lucille Flint
621 N 400 W
Orem, UT 84057
801-960-7711
email: Lucille@LucilleFlint.com

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