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Dean Pratt

August 19, 1934 - August 3, 2016

Dean Pratt, age 81, of McKinney, Texas, died peacefully with his family by his side at home Wednesday, August 3, 2016.  Dean was born August 19, 1934, in Ironton, Ohio, to J. Earl and Edna Dean Pratt.  He married Barbara Ann Metzger on August 27, 1955, in Athens, Ohio.  She preceded him in death January 30, 2011.  Dean received a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio University, College of Arts and Sciences in 1956, a Master’s of Business Administration from Kent State in 1964, an Advanced Graduate Study degree, School of Education, from University of Virginia in 1970, a Magistri in Divinitate, from the University of the South in 1973 and a Doctoris in Ministerio from the University of the South in 1997.

Dean grew up in Ironton, Ohio and spent much time at his family homestead in South Point, Ohio.  He played football and graduated from Ironton High School.  He was Treasurer of his class at Ohio University and a member of Zeta Mu chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity.  After graduation, he worked in personnel at Babcock and Wilcox in Ohio, Virginia and New Jersey, returning to Lynchburg, Virginia to serve as Registrar and Assistant to the Dean at Lynchburg College.  The Pratts attended St Paul’s Episcopal Church under Bishop Marmion.  Dean answered the call to the priesthood in 1970 attending St Luke’s Seminary, University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee. 

He began his role as priest at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Fredericksburg, Texas and St. Boniface Episcopal Church in Comfort in 1973, under Bishop Gosnell, close friend of Bishop Marmion.  He was active in the community and Rotary, serving as President of the Fredericksburg Rotary Club and honored to be Lady Bird Johnson’s priest.  The Pratts moved to McKinney in 1983 for Dean to serve as priest of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.  He served on the McKinney I.S.D. School board, was deeply involved with Holy Family Church and School, initiated the Ministerial Alliance of pastors and the Samaritan Inn, served as Chaplain for the McKinney Police Department and McKinney Hospital and President of the McKinney Rotary Club.  He began his conversion to Catholicism in 1992 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1997.

In 2007 he and Barbara coauthored their book, Gleanings from the Journey of a Married Priest and his Artist Wife.   This is a book of experiential “Gleanings” of life that includes many lived examples of vision, joy, humor, heartache and sadness from the vantage point of a married priest.  As a seeker with a void, he pursued the Episcopal Priesthood at age 35 and found much more than he anticipated.  After 22 years in the parish, he became a hospital chaplain and converted to being a married Roman Catholic Priest.  It was quite a journey.  At both the parish altar and the altar of a hospital bed, he found the depth in life he desired.  His wife’s beautiful art adds much to “Gleanings.”  He served Catholic parishes throughout the Diocese of Dallas and continued as Hospital Chaplain in McKinney and Dallas before retiring.

He married Laurann Sutton on February 14, 2012, in Fredericksburg, Texas.  Dean loved to travel and the Pratts made many trips to enjoy the Rangers in Surprise, Arizona, to the Arlington Ballpark with all his family for his 80th birthday, back to Ohio to his roots and even a trip to Europe.  He was an avid reader and continued to share a book and counsel all he met.  He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in McKinney. 

He is survived by his wife, Laurann Sutton Pratt of McKinney, Texas; daughters, Jennifer Fay and husband, Warren of Belton, Texas and Melinda Crenwelge and husband, Mark of Waco, Texas; son, Eric Pratt and wife, Toni of Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Andrew Fay and wife, Ivette of Austin, Texas, Christina Fay of Belton, Texas, Jay Crenwelge and wife, Anna of Olathe, Kansas, Ben Crenwelge of McKinney, Texas, Brianna Crenwelge of Waco, Texas, Jordan Spencer and husband, Brett of Plano, Texas, and Haley Pratt, of Plano, Texas; great-grandson, Matthew Crenwelge of Olathe, Kansas; sister, Margaret Ann Kelley and husband, Ralph of Ironton, Ohio; cousins, John Pratt, D.V.M. and wife, Susie and their sons, David, Ed, Paul and Bill Pratt of South Point, Ohio and Shanna Kay Dean Collins and husband, Greg and their children Ty Collins and Randa Collins of Ironton, Ohio; nieces, Kaye Payne and husband, David, of Waterloo, Ohio, Laura Kelley of Ironton, Ohio, Kara Birkel and husband, Brian of Ironton, Ohio, and nephew, Mark Kelley of Melbourne, Florida; great-nieces, Rachael Fraley and husband, Andrew and daughter, Leighton of Waterloo, Ohio, Alaina Gleichauf of Ironton, Ohio and great-nephews, Justin Payne and wife Lynette of Cincinnati, Ohio, Login Gleichauf of Ironton, Ohio, Kyle Birkel and daughter, Brynleigh of Ironton, Ohio, Brady Birkel of Ironton, Ohio, and Matthew Kelley of Melbourne, Florida; step-daughter, Michelle Gifford and husband, Gary of McKinney, Texas; step-son, James Sutton and wife, Cassie of Garland, Texas; and step-grandchildren, Lauren Gifford, Nathan Gifford, Megan Gifford of McKinney, and Jesse Sutton and Collin Sutton of Garland, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J. Earl and Edna Pratt, and wife, Barbara Ann Pratt.

Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 19, 2016, with visitation, refreshments & remembrances afterward, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in McKinney.   A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 20, 2016, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in McKinney, Texas.  Internment and committal service will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas.  Celebratory reception will follow at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 511 Foote St., McKinney, Texas.

The family invites everyone to all of the above to commemorate Dean’s life.  In lieu of flowers please make memorials to your favorite charity.  To order Dean’s book, go to www.Xlibris.com

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I just learned about the passing of Dean, and am so sorry to hear about the loss that all who knew him will experience. I first met Dean as a student at OU, and kept in touch with Dean and Barb through the years. My wife, Mary and I, visited Dean and Barb several times while they were living in Texas and also got to see them a few times in Ohio. They were both truly wonderful people and will be sorely missed by their family and friends. Ron Davis Ronald Davis, September 5, 2016 What a wonderful man of faith. As a priest he was a servant leader and a great example of Christ-like Love. As a Rotarian, he truly practiced the Rotary motto of Service Above Self. May he rest in peace. Jim Struble, August 21, 2016 A friend emailed me Dean's obituary last Friday while we were in Colorado. So sorry that I was unable to return in time for the services. Dean was a close friend in McKinney for many years and we laughed and shed tears together on many occasions. He was very special to my daughter Anna, who attended St. Peter's preschool, and it was a great thrill for her when he and Barbara attended her wedding at St. Michael's. Dean followed me as president of the McKinney Rotary Club and we worked closely together on numerous projects through Rotary and elsewhere. I invited Dean to join the Dallas Junto, a close-knit men's group in Dallas, after I moved there from McKinney and his contributions to that brotherhood are recalled fondly. He will be remembered for his wisdom, for his irreverent sense of humor, and his great sense of caring for everyone he encountered. He will be missed by all. May he rest secure in the arms of the Lord. Joseph Picken, August 21, 2016 I met Dean when he was the police Chaplain for the City of McKinney. He encouraged my family to go to St. Peter's, and that enriched our family's life in too many ways to count. He was always supportive and uplifting to me and my family. He was dear man and well loved, and I can still hear his "You Rascal!" He gave so much to our community, and personally to my family for the many years when my kids when to St.Peter's and grew up with his grandkids. Godspeed, Dean, you are so missed and I will see you again someday. Hugs and love to your family and especially to my dear friend Melinda Crenwelge. Rita Christman, August 19, 2016 Always rains when a good man dies in Texas - been raining all week. John and Bett Leach, August 19, 2016 He gave LOVE and received LOVE! Such a great loving family. Our condolences and blessings to all of your family and he was a GIFT to all who knew him!! Diana and Bobby Hohmann, August 19, 2016 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints". Psalm 116: 15 He was precious to me also. May GOD give you peace of mind during your time of sorrow. LaVista LaVista Gossett, August 19, 2016 I am thanking God for the love and inspiration I enjoyed from my hero, Father Pratt. He grabbed my soul as a teen at Holy Family and he never let go. He was there for all my graduations, he made it a point "to approve" anyone I dated including my husband, he was there when I lost my father and he was there when I opened my practice. I could never repay his acts of kindness and I will always be inspired by his example of truly being the Hands and Feet of Jesus. I pray that I can continue in his life teachings, especially to "Press On!" His endless motivating words and actions of love will be forever missed! Maria D. Ponse Wheelis, August 18, 2016 Father Pratt was one of if not the best priest I ever had the pleasure of listening to. His homilies were also spot on and so insightful that you never forgot a word he said. I was so sorry that he left St. Mark's Plano and would travel to St. Michael's just to see him. The most compassionate and brilliant man of the cloth. R.I.P Father Pratt..
Martha Sullivan, August 17, 2016 Dearest Laurann, I was saddened to learn of the passing of your husband, Dean. I wish I could have met him. Your stories of your life together were so interesting. Please know that I will keep you close to my heart and pray for you and your family. Fondly, Jeanne.
Jeanne Affleck Walker, August 15, 2016 As you walk through life's journey occasionally you meet someone that you immediately recognize as a good and decent person. Dean was a good and decent person and I feel honored to have known him. David Bell, August 15, 2016 There aren't enough words to express what Father Pratt meant to the Wysong family..he was always there, when we needed him....the passing of my mother--law, Catherine Wysong, father-in-law, Dr. Dudley Wysong, husband, Dudley Wysong, Jr. and first grandchild, Matthew Mullins. He was an inspiration to all that knew him...his legacy of kindness, compassion and caring will always be with us. Thank you, Father Pratt for all that you did....we love you and will have another "show and tell", when we see you again. Beverly Wysong Johnson, August 14, 2016 I have so many fond memories of Dean and his wife Barbara. She was my art teacher and he was our pastor at St. Barnabas in Fredericksburg. They spent much time in the community and touch so many lives. They bridged gaps with the youth and were our friends. He was always so loving and happy to be around. They were wonderful role models as well as special people. Loved them both. Enjoy your eternity my friend! Laura Odgers Mitchell, August 11, 2016 Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Lots of good memories in Fredericksburg. Dean was a great man and has a great family. Griff and Becky Odgers, August 11, 2016 We knew him from the 70s in Fredericksburg. He was our priest at St. Barnabas Ep. He will be missed Charlie and Margaret Odgers, August 10, 2016 So sorry for you loss. You & your family are all in our thoughts & prayers. Peace & love sent your way, Alison Alison Gregg Hurtick, August 10, 2016 The Pratt Families, Jennifer, Warren, Andrew and Christina. Blessings and sending our love to you and the other members of the family. God Bless and Keep you in the hour of need. Love you, Nina Owens
Nina Owens, August 8, 2016 Dean was very influential to my life. Though it has been more than 30 years since I last saw him, I remember him as selfless and caring. My sincere condolences, Paul Paul Vudmaska, August 8, 2016 My dear friend I will miss you, but you are in the arms of Jesus. Thank you for your ministry to me when I needed it most grieving for my dying husband. You were a big influence on my spiritual life ,and you shall always be in my thoughts and prayers. My sympathy to Laurann and family members. Mary Ann Jurak, August 7, 2016 There is not a day that goes by that I am not reminded of Fr. Pratt. Why? Because I always like to quote an opening line from a passage in a homily he gave at St. Mark Catholic Church in Plano over ten years ago: "God always gets us to where HE wants us to be." Fr. Pratt was a most wonderful, compassionate priest and I always enjoyed his sermons. Sadly, after he left St .Mark, I had no further contact with him. My condolences to all. Patricia Layer Patricia Layer, August 7, 2016 One of the warmest, kindest men I've known. I worked with Dean at the hospital in McKinney in the early 90's. I enjoyed his wit and being in his presence. God Bless the family and friends who I'm sure will miss him terribly. Diane Jones, August 7, 2016 My family and I knew Fr. Pratt when he was a priest in residence at St. Mark in Plano. He was one of the best homilists I ever heard. He was always so uplifting and positive. Each time I heard him preach, I would leave mass with a smile on my face or a thought in my mind of something I needed to do that coming week. My wife and I still quote one sermon he gave more than a decade ago when we feel things aren't going our way or we're feeling sorry for ourselves: "God always gets us to where HE wants us to be!". And, as he always did when he got to the point in his sermon he wanted to highlight, he repeated that line, with emphasis! We have remembered it all these years! Fr. Pratt, we have "missed you" at St. Mark for more than 10 years but, as you said, God got you to where HE wanted you to be! You are now reaping the benefits of a life well lived. We look forward to the day we will again be in your presence! Mark Layer, August 7, 2016 Sorry for your lose. He was a wonderful and caring man. I enjoyed getting to participate in the worship services at St. Barnabas in Fredericksburg and getting to hear him preach. He was always so full of life and encouragement. Karen Horak, August 6, 2016 Mark, Melinda & the rest of the family ... I am so saddened by your loss. Prayers for your comfort as you begin a life without this great man until you are once again reunited in heaven. Love, hugs and prayers - Shari Shari Ave Beesley, August 6, 2016 A true delight to work with Dean in the early 90s. Went through some tough times at the hospital together. RIP my friend Randall Hempling, August 6, 2016 To an amazing man, fellow Rotarian and a great deacon. You will be missed. Celeste Haiduk Cox, August 6, 2016 Dean Pratt was unlike anyone I have ever known. He was not a mistake by his creator, but a constant source of joy and surprise. Dean reminded me every Sunday what it is to be human. He was humble, funny, profound and deeply moving. The world will miss this loving and gentle friend of mine...I know I shall. Drew Scott, August 6, 2016 Dean and Barb will always remain our guides and Spirit teachers. We loved Dean and his beautiful family. Drew and Jane Jane Scott, August 6, 2016 So sorry for your loss, He was a great man and will be missed by all that knew him. We will keep the family in our prayers. Kindly, Jim and Marilyn Jim and Marilyn Pitrone, August 6, 2016 So very sad to learn my friend Dean Pratt has died. When we served together on Collin County MHMR I never had to worry as Dean's heart was big enough for everyone on the board. And when he spoke at my father’s funeral it was both comforting and inspiring. RIP my friend. Andy Hardin, August 6, 2016 Wonderful memories of Dean on our 2015 holiday touring around UK. He made us all laugh with his singing & his jokes. All our love from your Aussue friends. Colin & Lynda Harris, August 5, 2016 I was a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg when Dean was the priest there. He was a wonderful man and such a huge blessing in my family. My mother, Betty Robinson, served on the vestry many times under Dean's leadership. He and his son, Eric, drove to California to pack up my sister and her children to bring them to Texas. Dean presided at my wedding and my sister's wedding. Barbara was my art teacher at Fredericksburg High School! I loved Dean and he will always have a very special place in my heart. May his family be comforted in the knowledge of what a special, giving, Christian man Dean was. God's peace and love, Robin Robinson Hale, Kerrville, TX Robin Hale, August 5, 2016 Melinda and Pratt Family, So sorry to hear of Fr. Pratt's passing; Fr. Lowe came by to inform us. I will forever be appreciative of Dean's service to my family. When my sister (Catholic) was at Parkland Hosp, Dean would go the extra mile to visit her and give her the day's blessing. This was when Dean was still at St. Peters. He exemplified the true meaning of a christian. When he became a Catholic Priest and gave mass St. Michael's, I was so happy to see him and happy for him. Dean will be missed by many. May he rest in peace. + Hugs and prayers to the family. Gilda G. Garza, August 5, 2016