Wallace William Pratt

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Wallace William Pratt, also known as Grandpa, "Grandpa Great," and "Uncle Wally" was 87 years old when he passed away in the loving arms of his "Jewel in Zion" Patricia Louise Stettler on the 30th of June, 2016 in Bellingham Washington. His death was due to complications of a stroke and aging. Wally is survived by his loving wife, Patricia, his daughter, Rebecca Pratt Warren (Grant Warren) and sons, Marvin Duane Pratt (Dawn Duke Pratt), Dennis Vaughn Pratt (Carla Hymas Pratt), Stephen Bruce Pratt (Stephanie Stewart Pratt) and Ernest Leon Pratt (Cynthia Reis Pratt). Wallace and Patricia Pratt have 22 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. Wally Pratt was born on April 22, 1929 in Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington. His parents were Leonidas Moroni Pratt and Sarah Etta Bailey. He was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints (Mormon) on June 6, 1937. On July 23, 1940, Wally lost his father to heart disease. His father was 55 years old. This loss of his Dad had a major effect on his young life. However, Wally moved forward and eventually graduated from Meridian High School in 1947. He also attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Wally served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Great Lakes Mission. Following his missionary service, Wally was married to the love of his life, Patricia Louise Stettler, in the Logan Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Throughout Wally's life, he referred to his beautiful wife as his "jewel in Zion" because his mother, Etta, had commented that Patty was "such a little jewel." After his marriage, Wally immediately served in the US Army from May 1953 until 1955 and served in the Korean Conflict. During his Military service, Wally and Patty also lived and served in Camp Roberts, California and Fort Lewis, Washington. He rose to the rank of a corporeal. During his life, Wally worked as dairy farmer, a real estate developer, and as an administrator for Mountain View Group Home for persons with developmental disabilities in Ferndale, Washington. Wally and Patty started Mountain View Group Home in 1973, and it still exists today. Wally was a pioneer for Community Based Residential Services for persons with developmental disabilities in the State of Washington. He spent many hours lobbying for the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities to live in residential communities, away from institutional care. Today, over 6500 individuals live in Supportive Living Residential homes in Washington State. In 1985, Wally and Patty developed Bee Hive Retirement Center for the elderly in McCleary, Washington. As a result of the success of the Bee Hive Retirement Center, Wally was able to develop other facilities for the elderly. In 1991, Wally developed the Forrest Grove Beehive Retirement Center in Forrest Grove, Oregon. Since then, Wally and his son, Marvin and his wife Dawn have developed five other Assisted Living Facilities in the states of Washington and Oregon. In August of 2007, Wally and Patty sold their business to his son Marvin and wife Dawn. Wally served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many positions. He taught early morning Seminary to the youth for over 25 years. Wally also served as the President of the Lummi Branch, served as a Counselor in the Bellingham Ward Bishopric, and served as a member of the High Council in the Cascade Stake and in the Bellingham Stake. Wally and Patty served as Church Education System Missionaries for their church in the Mount Vernon Stake, and also as CES Missionaries at Western Washington University. Wally and Patty also served as Ordinance Workers in the Vancouver, British Columbia Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Wally loved the youth and single adults of the Church and spent his life in service to them. Wally spent his life working tirelessly to help others. Wally and Patty's motto is "To Know You is to Love You." Everyone that Wally came into contact with knew that they were his "Favorite," and he always told them so. Funeral Services for Wally Pratt will be held on Friday, July 8th, at the LDS Church, 2550 Thornton Road, Ferndale, WA at 1 pm, with viewing from 11:30 to 12:30. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Humanitarian Services c/o LDS Philanthropies Joseph Smith Memorial Building 15 E. South Temple St. #2E Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Published in Bellingham Herald on July 6, 2016
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