We lost our big brother, Charles A. Pratt, known in the Gallatin Gateway community as "Big Charlie," on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, due to complications that occurred after he suffered a debilitating stroke.
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After college Charlie used his charms to successfully sell cars and manage various automobile dealerships in San Diego, his hometown. He began a new chapter in his life upon his arrival 11 years ago in Montana. He combined his efforts with younger brother, Tom, to make the Gourmet Gas Station a local success.
Charlie was good at keeping in touch with people and will be greatly missed by family and friends (old and new) all over the country from San Diego to Montana.
He could tell a great story and a good joke. Charlie was a sports enthusiast and never missed watching a "big game." His memory for detail and sharp mind made him a legend for baseball trivia, handicapping horses and waiting tables. He loved a good movie, the older the better. He was a formidable pool player and enjoyed swinging a golf club.
He lived his life to a bluegrass sound track and had a good time pickin' his guitar. He relished the company of a good lookin' redhead named Rosemary. He knew how to wield a knife and fork and was fond of saying, "I never met a dessert I didn't like."
Here's a toast to you, "Big Charlie" -- you will be sadly missed by many.
Services were held Monday at Gateway Community Center.
Donations in Charlie's name may be made to Gallatin Gateway School, Attn. Music Department, P.O. Box 265, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Feb. 10 to Feb. 14, 2008