Irving H PRATT Irving H Pratt, born July 10, 1918 in Seattle, WA passed away peacefully on April 17th at the age of 93. He grew up in the Mt Baker area of Seattle. He graduated from Franklin High School where he excelled in football and track. Irv served in the Navy in WWII and was stationed throughout the Pacific. He graduated from the University of Washington (Zeta Psi) where he met and married his wife Arleen in1949. They moved to Mercer Island in 1951 where they raised their family, rode horses, boated and swam at the MI Beach Club and Country Club. They were charter members of the Presbyterian Church. He was involved in many community and civic events an loved spending time with family and friends. Irv's passion was the outdoors. He began skiing as a young man, ski jumped at Snoqualmie Pass, raced down Mt Rainer in the Silver Skis Race and taught skiing at Steven's Pass. He helped found and build the Penguin Ski Club at Steven's. He was a driving force behind the founding of the Ancient Skier Group and led it for many years. He loved hiking in the NW and frequently led hikes with neighbors and church groups. He had a special fondness for the Olympic Mountains. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years. He is survived by children Gail Pratt-Shea, Carol, Gary, Mary Lynn and Richard Pratt and grandchildren Jessey and Casey Shea, Tyler and Ben Conner, Justin and Trevor Pratt, Mikkel Prim and Melina Pratt. A memorial service will be held June 16 at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. Remembrances to Special Olympics Washington, 1809 7th Ave., Suite 1509, Seattle, WA, 98101. Please see www.funerals.coop for more information about Irv's life.
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Published in The Seattle Times on May 5, 2012