Ronald B. Pruitt, 72, of Houston, Texas passed away on May 5, 2014.
Ron was born on October 5, 1941, in McCamey, Texas, to Doyal and Floy Pruitt. He grew up in Longview, Texas, where he graduated with the class of 1959. He attended the University of Texas where he received his BBA in 1963. Mr. Pruitt attended the University of Texas Law and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence within 2-1/2 years in January of 1966. After a stint with Treasury Intelligence, a special task force under the direction of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Mr. Pruitt opened his own law practice where he enjoyed practicing law up until the time of his death. Ron was known as a man of integrity, respected by his peers and a mentor to many young attorneys. He was a member of the Texas State Bar, The Houston Bar Association and was admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court. Mr. Pruitt was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta fraternity.
Mr. Pruitt was a member of the Houston Masonic Lodge 1189; Houston Scottish Rite KCCH; Arabia Shrine Temple Attorney; Bluebell Chapter 856; The 100 Club; Royal Order of Jesters Court 136; Royal Counselor Emeritus of the National Court of the International Royal Order of Jesters.
Ron was a loving husband, brother, father, grandpa and pappy who adored his family and practicing his love of law, donating many hours to pro-bono cases; he enjoyed attending events and his affiliation with the Shrine, Masonic Orders and Jesters; weekend treks to the Sam Houston Race Track; and he was a most devoted Longhorn fan of the University of Texas. Ron was always the gentleman, with a brilliant sense of humor and loved by so many.
Mr. Pruitt is survived by his wife and companion of 35 years, Susan (Sue) Pruitt; daughter Julie Starkey, her husband Blake and two children Samuel and Emily of Little Rock Arkansas; daughter Ann Taparauskas, her husband Trey and three children Joseph, Benjamin and Matthew of Georgetown, Texas; Stacey and Brock Irvin and their two children Drake and Madison of Cypress, Texas; sister Martha Lynn Cochran and her husband Buddy of Longview, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service, fellowship and celebration of Mr. Pruitt's life will be held Monday, June 2, 2014, 11:00 a.m., at the Scottish Rite Temple located at 2401 West Bellfort, Houston, Texas 77002. Valet parking will be available.
Donations may be made to the Shrine Burn Hospital for Children - Galveston, 815 Market Street, Galveston, TX 77550-2725 or the Shrine Orthopedic Hospital for Children - Houston, 6977 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030.
Published in Houston Chronicle on May 11, 2014