David Pratt

David Rey Pratt

Feb. 15, 1944 — Jan. 28, 2019

From Richland, WABorn in Louisville, KY

Public Viewing

  •   Starts:
    Fri, February 1 2019, 5 p.m.
  •   Ends:
    9 p.m.
  •   Location:
    Einan's at Sunset
    915 Bypass Highway

    Richland, WA US 99352


Memorial Service

  •   Starts:
    Sat, February 2 2019, 1 p.m.
  •   Location:
    LDS Thayer Chapel

    1720 Thayer Dr.

    Richland, WA US 

David Rey Pratt

David Pratt, environmental chemist, genealogist, father, grandfather, and longtime resident of Richland, WA, passed away unexpectedly on January 28, 2019 at the age of 74. 

David is survived by his wife, Sharon Pratt, his children, Lisa Goble, Andrea Rediske, Afton Cochran, Erin Nichols, and Michael Pratt, his grandchildren Megan Goble, Peter and Zachary Rediske, Rebecca and Samantha Backham, Logan Cochran, Chloë and Remy Nichols, Harry and Madeline Pratt, and his brothers Roger and Bryan Pratt. He is preceded in death by his grandson, Ethan Rediske and his parents, Afton and Rey Pratt.

David was born in Louisville, Kentucky on February 15, 1944 to Afton and Rey Pratt. He was the oldest of three boys. He served an LDS Mission in the Great Lakes Mission. He was a lifelong learner and studied chemistry at BYU and the University of Wisconsin. On February 27, 1971 he married his sweetheart, Sharon Ellis. They welcomed four children – Andrea, Afton, Erin, and Michael – to join Lisa, his daughter from a previous marriage.

David was a passionate speaker and teacher. He loved researching his family history and helping others do the same. He owned many Volkswagens in his lifetime and loved to tinker on them, sharing his knowledge on his Aircooled Volkswagen website. David was a spiritual man and a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A public viewing will occur at Einan’s at Sunset located at 915 By Pass Highway in Richland on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11:00 am at Sunset Gardens in Richland. The Memorial Service will follow at 1:00 pm at the LDS Church at 1720 Thayer in Richland. Flowers and condolences can be sent to Einan’s.


Guestbook for

David Rey Pratt

  • So sorry for your family's loss. I remember sharing time with David when I was tutoring Afton when she had been so sick. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May memories sustain you.

    Doris Ayres
    Feb. 5, 2019
  • Sharon, I am so sorry for your family's loss. I will keep you all in my prayers.

    Paula Bachelor
    Feb. 4, 2019
  • I only received word yesterday of David's passing, and it was already the day of his funeral. I am sorrowful for you, his family; have been thinking about David. I remember his work in scouting with some of our boys. I remember great lessons he taught, and my impression always being that he knew far more than he could ever have time to share with us. I remember good nature and pleasant personality. When I told Jerry, my husband, about David's passing, he obviously remembered him. He said Oh... no! This is significant as his memory is so far gone with his illness that he can't remember his grandchildren's names, and sometimes not his children's, although he recognizes them as his children. I have prayed for you, his family. May God comfort, and allow you to feel his constant love to sustain you.

    Dixie Partridge
    Feb. 3, 2019
    Provo Utah
  • Dad (Roger) let me know mid Monday morning. The news sucked the air right out of my lungs. Of course, I know that Rey and Afton- his parents- my paternal grandparents- are bringing him right up to speed on the next set of priorities. Grandma Afton especially loves Julie so much, and she visits us on a regular basis. Julie and I know that they are both settling their eldest son in, for the work they will need his help on. There are changes that must take place. Till all are one.

    Jonathan Pratt
    Feb. 1, 2019
  • Dear Sharon and Family, My deepest sympathy in the death of you husband, dad, and friend. I remember when I had Michael in school, and Dave would come with you Sharon to conferences or to a class event. It has been a while since our paths have crossed but your family is special. May God be with you as you travel is journey. In Christ, Pam Bolls

    Pamela Bolls
    Jan. 31, 2019
  • Suzy and I were disheartened to read the news of your loss. Thinking back on you and your family brings back fond memories of much happier times. Suzy often remembers the days when she was with your family on a daily basis and remembers them most fondly and happily. Words are just inadequate at a time like this; I know I have walked this path years ago. If there is anything we can do to help don't hesitate to call (9465661). Reassure yourself that David and Anna are in the arms of the lord and at peace forever. God bless you and yours into the future. Friends from long ago Lee ad Suzanne Speer

    Lee and Suzy Speer
    Jan. 31, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • Dear Sharon and family: We were shocked to receive the news of Dave's passing. I had the opportunity to work with Dave in many capacities and always found him to be a delight to be around. His love for family and the Lord was exemplary. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. May the knowledge of the eternal nature of your family give you comfort in these difficult days and sustain you as you move forward in live without his physical presence. God bless each of you that you may keep his memory alive and bless others as he did. Love, Gerald and Nancy Sorensen

    Gerald Sorensen
    Jan. 31, 2019
  • Sincere condolences, Sharon, to you and to the family. I first met Dave when we worked in the same group at the Hanford Training Center - many years ago. I remember him as an articulate writer and speaker, a passionate trainer, and a very caring individual. I very much enjoyed working with him. May the love of family and friends comfort you during this time.

    Jo Haberstok
    Jan. 30, 2019
    Pasco, WA
  • We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one and our dear classmate of Top Hi 1962, Toppenish, WA. David was a dear friend and classmate. Share and remember all your memories forever in your hearts.

    Linda L Rabe
    Jan. 30, 2019
    Linda L Rabe

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