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Douglas Eugene Pratt, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend passed away on September 17, 2021 at age 83, in American Fork Utah.
He is now united with his parents James David and Loreta Pratt. Doug was born on June 17th 1938 in Los Angeles California. They soon moved to North Hollywood California where Doug grew up with his sister Marilyn.
Doug married Carol Sue Vandergrift on June 10, 1960 in the Los Angeles Temple. They recently celebrated 61 years of a marriage that was based on mutual support and a deep love for each other. Together they raised 4 children. Laurie Markham, Christine Ishmael, Steve Pratt and Robert Pratt. Doug deeply loved his 18 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren. The legacy of Doug’s kind spirit, love of reading, education and service to others will live on through them.
He went to North Hollywood High and graduated Salutatorian with honors. He later attended Brigham Young University for 2 years then attended the University of Southern California Dental School for 4 years where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery and graduated top of his class.
Doug and Carol packed up and went north to plant their roots. They opened a successful dental practice in Sacramento, California. Later in life Doug passed the exam and practiced dentistry part time in Oregon and in Southern California. He never stopped learning. Over the years he received many certificates and awards in the dental field.
He loved the beach! The sun, surfing, swimming, bodysurfing, frisbee, kites and dinner around the fire pit was truly his happy place. Many winter days you could find Doug with his family or the youth of the church skiing the slopes in Lake Tahoe or the many great resorts in Utah. As his children and grandchildren quickly learned, do not get in a water fight with him, he will always win.
Doug loved music of all varieties. He especially loved Jazz. He spent many late nights listening to the likes of Joe Pass, Chet Atkins, Oscar Peterson, and one of his favorites, Ella Fitzgerald. Eyes closed, head back, volume high, absorbing every note.
He also had a deep love of Art. He started his own business, Premier Picture Framing. Many have said that his mats and frames were “Art” around the paintings. We know this to be true because he was a perfectionist!
Doug was a person of faith and lived life serving others. As an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he was called on to serve in many leadership positions. He was Bishop of the Whitney Ward in Sacramento and he later became Bishop and also served as a High Counselor in Seaside Oregon. Doug taught early morning seminary in Sacramento, Seaside and Burbank for several years. He found joy in service.
Together, with his beloved companion, they were called to serve 3 missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They were employment specialists in Oregon and full time Senior Missionaries in the Philippines. Back in Utah they served a mission as special needs assistants to seminary students. He was always so generous to anyone in need. He literally gave the shoes off his feet and walked home in his socks.
Above all, his favorite calling was that of husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
Douglas Eugene Pratt will be missed but not forgotten.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 24, 2021 at 11:00 am in the Grove Eighth Ward Chapel, 1136 West 700 South, Pleasant Grove, Utah. Family and friends may attend a visitation from 10:00 – 10:45 am prior to the services. Dedication of the grave will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery located at 550 North 100 West, Pleasant Grove, Utah.
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