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Laurence "Larry" Pratt

1943 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
Laurence "Larry" Pratt Obituary
Laurence "Larry" Pratt Born July 1, 1943, Larry graduated from Sherwood High in Sandy Springs, MD. He enlisted in the National Guard and served in the Reserves for many years. He attended Montgomery College in Maryland, University of South Carolina in Columbia, and UW in Seattle. Bookish and analytical, Larry's first career of 17 years was in Washington, DC at the Government Printing Office where he was responsible for proofreading and typesetting The Congressional Record, Supreme Court briefs, and all other government publications. Continuing in civil service, his second career was as a Mail Handler, Distribution Clerk, and union shop steward for the USPS at the Federal Way Bulk Mail Center where he made many enduring friendships over the years. His excellent photographic memory and inherited family tendency for excruciating detail remained intact until the very end (April 11), along with his quick wit, clever puns, zany sense of humor, and memorable laugh. Passions that enriched and informed his life included art, music, opera, cinema, books, geography, world history, Progressive Party politics, Socrates Café, the Swedish Lodge, MLB, hot rods and drag racing, procrastinated restoration of his 1957 T-Bird, bargain collecting, and a serious lifelong addiction to fine dark chocolates. Larry had a vast network of friends throughout the PNW with whom he shared a meaningful avocation - animal rescue; for 30+ years, Larry regularly rescued big dogs and older cats through Metro Animal Services and never said no to an animal in need. Those for whom he could not find "fur-ever" homes, he would personally adopt and they lived out their lives in safe haven with him. Larry is survived by siblings, Bob Pratt of Lake Forest, CA and Summer Ann Nicol of Santa Paula, CA; nephews, Noah Pratt of Lake Forest, CA and Ethan Pratt of Santa Clara, CA; numerous cousins, Roger Pratt and Wayne Pratt, Maryland; Terry Bye, Olympia, WA; Merrilee Whyde, Barstow, CA; Dianne Bye, Vancouver, WA; Tim Bye, Puyallup; Laurence Bye, Chugiak, AK; Mary Jo Bye, Honolulu, HI; and Jon Bye, Lakewood, WA. He is also survived by former spouses, Bonnie Oliver, Mary Beth Ryan, Elisabeth Albecker, and Sigrid Huntington, as well as late-in-life companion, Darlene Ihrig. Larry leaves behind many eclectic "families" of friends - his National Guard buddies, USPS colleagues, fellow animal rescuers, Judge Katherine, Progressive Party activists, Swedish Lodge cohorts, book lovers, pen pals, Grand Cinema indie film fans, favorite gallery proprietors, and neighbors. All of you made his blue eyes sparkle, his laughter frequent, and his life worth living. Larry is predeceased by parents, Robert Pratt, Sr. and Eileen Nordin Pratt; uncle, Tony Bye and aunt, Norma Ann Bye of Lakewood, uncle, Reeve Pratt and aunt, Sally Pratt of Maryland. He opted not to have a mournful funeral and hoped to be remembered as he was in better days. Larry wished for memorial donations to be directed to any of his favorite charitable organizations: Metro Animal Services in Puyallup (please support their upcoming annual Open House & Silent Auction where his extensive art collection will be auctioned off to benefit rescue and adoption services); , , and Habitat for Humanity. The family wishes to extend gratitude to the Hospice & Palliative Care Team at Auburn General Hospital who kept Larry comfortable and pain-free during his transition.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on May 14, 2019
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