Duchesne, Utah. John Paul Pratt was born in Downey, CA on July 4, 1945 and died on October 12, 2021 at his home in Duchesne, UT at the age of 76. He grew up in Salt Lake City, UT with his parents LeGrand and Kathryn Pratt, and older brother Jim. He graduated first in his class from South High in 1963. He served an LDS mission in southern Brazil in 1965. He had a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Utah (1968-69) and a doctorate. in Astronomy from the University of Arizona (1976). He married Ruth McOmber in 1970 and had five children: John, Julie, Mary, Jared and Joseph. He is survived by his former wife Ruth, his five children and his 28 grandchildren. He faced death twice defeating leukemia in 2009 and a severe case of fasciitis in his leg in 2017, but ultimately fell to covid pneumonia that year.
John had a passion for religious calendars and chronology and always loved science and mathematics. In his youth, he discovered calendars at three years, prime numbers at four, and intensely studied dinosaurs in the fourth year. He had many side interests including outdoor survival, puzzle solving, and book collecting. He was looking forward to his annual table tennis tournaments, playing chess with his grandchildren and camping with his family.
John was a wonderful father, friend and devoted follower of Jesus Christ. He loved to share his knowledge and was a seeker of truth and improvement. He would test his limits outside with just a sleeping bag, a stick and a pocket knife. He insisted on cherishing life and listening to his conscience.
After graduating from school in Tucson, AZ, his family moved to Layton and Kaysville, UT, where he did computer programming at Hill Air Force Base. From 1988 to 1999, his family lived in Orem, UT, where he worked for Ashton Research, WordPerfect, and Novell. He also worked for Cogito, Omniture, PerfectSearch and taught astronomy in Utah Valley. He has also lived in Pleasant Grove, American Fork, Lindon and Duchesne, UT.
John has written 254 articles on religion, science, calendars and constellations which are linked on his website at johnpratt.com. Over ninety of them are in Meridian Magazine (1999-2014) and some for Ensign. He is the author of the book ‘The Creator’s Magnificent Clock’. He is featured in the production “Oh, How Lovely was the Morning! The Quest for the Date of the First Vision”.
John held many positions in the Mormon Church earlier in his life. Before his death, he was actively involved in the Remnant movement, speaking at conferences. He then testified as a gold plate witness with a group in Brazil he affectionately referred to as the ârebornâ LDS Church where he served in the first presidency.
Funeral services will be on Sunday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m., with a screening at 12:30 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and 3401 S Highland Dr Mortuary, Millcreek, UT 84106. For a live broadcast, please visit his obituary at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/salt-lake-city-ut/john-pratt-10398606 for a link to the event.
Posted by Deseret News from October 15 to 16, 2021.