Nathan ‘Nate’ V. Pratt Jr.

Nathan (Nate) Vincent Pratt Jr., 59, of Graham, Wash., and formerly of Saranac Lake, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at his home after a long, valiant battle with leukemia.

He was born Nov. 15, 1954 in Saranac Lake. He was the son of Helen (Bowen) and Nathan Vincent Pratt Sr.

He attended St. Pius X until 1971 and graduated from Saranac Lake High School in 1972. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1973 until 1976, serving on the U.S.S. Oriskany aircraft carrier as a boiler technician. He returned to Bremerton, Wash. for the decommissioning of the U.S.S. Oriskany. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he went to work for Lockheed Aircraft.

For 25 years he was married to the love of his life, Wanda Rick, whom he married on Dec. 19, 1989 in Graham, Wash.

He worked for 23 years until the time of his illness for the Auburn, Wash. school district as a bus driver for the disadvantaged and developmentally disabled children. He also played Santa for the children for many years.

He was vice president and chief shop steward of this Teamsters Union until the time of his illness. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He and his family owned horses for many years, enjoying trail riding and hobby farming with many animals, some of which had been abandoned. Nate was known for his sense of humor and was especially talented at pulling harmless pranks on his family and friends.

Nate is survived by his wife Wanda; one son Nathan Vincent Pratt III of Puyallup, Wash.; one daughter Jenna Pratt and fiance Cash Marcou of Graham; five sisters: Darlene (John) Ryan of Saranac Lake, Linda (Guido) Ambrosi of Middletown, Nan (Donald) Jessey of Saranac, Maureen (Jon) MacDowell of Bloomingdale, Heather (Ralph) Garrand of Saranac Lake; and one brother Darin (Mona) Pratt of Massena; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

Although Nate’s physical presence has passed on, his spirit will live on in all who knew and loved him.

As per his wishes, instead of a memorial service, a party to celebrate his life will be held on Feb. 22 in Graham, Wash.