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Obituary: Frank Pratt

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Frank Pratt, a dear, sweet, gentle man, was born August 1, 1927 in Ethel, Washington, a logging and sawmill camp.  He left us February 25, 2017, free of the pain and at peace.

Frank was the fourth son of Percy and Grace Pratt.  The family ended up living mostly in Portland, Oregon and, oh, all the stories they could tell about a wonderful childhood.  The boys were all hard workers and managed to find ways to earn money, from yard work to their infamous paper routes.  They pretty much dominated much of the paper delivery business throughout the Alameda, Hollywood, and Concordia neighborhoods of northeast Portland in the mid- to late 1930’s. 

After graduating high school, he joined the Navy where he trained as a radar technician.  He was completing his training to be sent overseas just as the war was ending, and was done serving before the training was over, so he decided to go to college on the GI Bill. 

In the late 1950’s, he moved to Idaho so he could ski and became a weekend ski instructor.  He ended up in Pocatello working for Farmers Insurance at their home office.  During this time, he and his wife, Rose, had their family of three beautiful children: Ed, followed by Barbara, and finally, Steve.  The couple was divorced many years later.  In 1966, the family moved to Bozeman so Frank could open a new Farmers Insurance office.  In the mid-1970’s, he left Farmers and started his own agency as an independent agent.  After several years, he sold his agency and semi-retired but very shortly thereafter, he was working for a regional movie theater chain as a manager of the Ellen and Rialto theaters.  After some time at that, he returned to the insurance field and filled in with State Farm in the Bozeman area.

Frank had so many accomplishments that he was proud of.  His service with the Lion’s Club was just one.  He joined in 1987 and was Past President, member of the District Hall of Fame, and received the Melvin Jones award and Lion of the Year.  His family and children meant the world to him. He loved the weekend ski trips up to Bridger with a picnic basket lunch and all the youngsters that would fit in the car.  He loved teaching the little tads to ski; both his own and anyone else that wanted to learn.

In the late 1980’s, he met the love of his life, Lorraine, at the Baxter Hotel where she was a cashier and he had his dinner breaks from the Ellen Theatre.  It didn’t take very long for them to figure out that they were soulmates and they married at Christmastime.  They had over 25 wonderful years together.

Another of Frank’s accomplishments was his involvement in the RDI Strip Mall on North 7th Avenue that he, Don Lanphear, and Wilber Dyk built.  Several others joined the group as time went on and he was the business manager for many years, keeping things running smoothly.  After a short stay in Washington, he brought Mama back to Bozeman to live with them.  They were both voracious readers; he loved anything on geology and history.  He and Mama both loved a good mystery, too, and spent many happy hours discussing “who done it”.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, John, George, and Ralph.

He leaves behind his broken-hearted soulmate, Lorraine; children, Martin (Emily) Bourque, Ed (Dan) Pratt, Monique (Tom) Bourque-Valente, Amy Bourque, Barbara Pratt, and Steve (Jennifer) Pratt; and grandchildren, Julianna Bourque-Valente, Benvolio Bourque-Valente, Ben Pratt, Lizzy Pratt, and Adam Pratt-Dermer.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.

Donations in Frank’s name may be made to the Salvation Army, Gallatin Food Bank, or Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.  www.dokkennelson.com

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