John Wayne Prather, 69, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, surrounded by his family after a particularly vicious and hard fought battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 6, 1944, to Raymond Marcellas and Suella McCallie Prather in Dumas, Texas. He spent most of his adult life in the oilfield industry. Whether it was with Kerr McGee, who he retired with after 10 years, ConocoPhillips who he also retired with after 10 years, John was a dedicated and knowledgeable man. He had been encouraged to step out on his own and became an independent business owner for Safety Consulting and Training where he remained for seven years, all in Hobbs. John assisted numerous clients in a myriad of aspects before moving to Farmington, for Devon Energy. He was an educator for San Juan College for the last seven years, specializing in Safety and Environmental Sciences. His dedication to keeping workers safe 24/7 crossed all barriers. John was known as a leader in his industry by all who knew and worked alongside him. He had special ties with many OSHA field offices and staff as well as TECS consultants and representatives worldwide. John proudly and honorably served his country in the military, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam as a medic stationed with the U. S. Marine Corps. John enjoyed building things, planting rose bushes, riding trains, collecting guns and hunting.
John is survived by his wife of 30 years, Patricia Prather; daughter, Kim "Jodi" Martin and husband, Landon and their children, Keaton Martin, Caden Martin and wife, Kayla, all of Weatherford, Texas; son, Michael Prather Beck of Arlington, Texas; daughter, Kimberley Thompson and husband, Terry; and their daughter, Shaelynn; two great-grandchildren of Bloomfield, and cousins throughout Texas and Oklahoma.
Celebration of Life for long-time Four Corners resident John Wayne Prather will be at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Quality Center for Business, room 5017, at San Juan College, 5101 College Blvd., in Farmington. The family encourages that hardhats be worn to the service in honor of John's never-ending dedication to employee safety. Hats worn with company logos are welcome as well. The family would like to thank San Juan College, ASSE, Four Corners Safety Network and Aztec Well Service for facilitating this service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made in his memory to the
, 3301 W. Freeway, Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817-737-9990.