William Noble Prater
1926 - 2010
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William Noble Prater passed peacefully with family around him on August 7, 2010. Born April 4, 1926 to Jesse and Norma (Noble) Prater, he grew up on Ellensburg's west side. A tinkerer and farmer at heart, Bill was also passionate about his family, the high mountains and music. Bill and his brother, Gene, created many clever improvements to both agricultural equipment and mountaineering gear. Bill's engineering background facilitated the development and promotion of the dependable Sherpa Snowshoe which enabled Everest climbers as well as the casual hiker to fully enjoy backcountry snow travel.
The mountains frequently called out to Bill and he was only too willing to answer. In 1965 Bill was part of the Mount Kennedy expedition. In 1977, Mount McKinley called the loudest. He was a member of several mountaineering clubs. Beginning in the 1950's Bill was an active volunteer in Mountain Rescue. Bill was an ardent patriot with veteran status from WWII. Working on the local Cougar Project was the highlight of Bill's life-long love of cats.
William was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Marjorie, Myrna, and Eugene, and nephews Mark and Jim Prater. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, son Rex (Karen) Prater, daughter Sue (Don) Sayegh, grandson Jamie, foster son David W. Long, foster grandchildren, Rachel, Josh, Chelsea, and Bridger, and four nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Bill's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Aug. 21st, at Swauk Teanaway Grange. Please bring a potluck item and sunflowers from your garden. Donations may be made to ARRF Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 875, Cle Elum

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Published in Daily Record from Aug. 11 to Aug. 17, 2010.
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August 20, 2010
Dear Barbara and Family,

Yesterday's Wenatchee World brought us the news of Bill's death. I am sorry that I did not get to say good by personally. I had been kept up to date by Yvonne Prater and Mike Colpitts and understoo that Bill's clock time was drawing to a close.

I still have fond memories of the wonderful adventure I had with Bill and Chester Marler many years ago on the Ptarmigan Traverse. I was most fortunate to be with these outstanding "mountain men". They practiced solid safe practices that got us through the fog surrounding the Le Conte and Cascade Glaciers.

Even though my association with Bill was limited I admired his genius in developing the Sherpa Snow Shoe and his remarkable achievements in the mountains.

Earl Tilly
August 11, 2010
Aunt Barbara,

Words cannot take away the hurt and loss that you are feeling but time will help ease that pain. Uncle Bill's warm smile, endearing laugh, and the twinkle in his eyes are forever engraved upon my heart.

Jaclynn Strickling and family
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