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John Prater 1917 – 2004

John Prater died today aged 86. He was the “first among equals” adult advisor during my active membership and later my own adult advisorhood in Salt Lake Chapter, Order of DeMolay.

In the Order of DeMolay, the male adult advisors are addressed by the title “Dad” followed by the last name. The Order was founded for young men whose fathers had died or who weren’t around a lot, and the “Dad” title was meant to help the youths view the adult advisors as the father figures they sorely needed.

Dad Prater was the solid foundation of Salt Lake Chapter during my membership. He was there the day I joined DeMolay in May 1985; he was there when my active membership ended with my 21st birthday in Dec 1992; he was there when I became an adult advisor in my own right and when my time with the Order ended in 1995.

Dad Prater’s obituary was available online at the Salt Lake Tribune web site, but I’ve reproduced the text in full below to skirt the Tribune’s paid-archive access.

John Prater 1917 – 2004Born June 24, 1917, in Dalroy, Alberta Canada. Passed on January 14, 2004. Son of Lewis and Eliza MacKelvie. Married to Lucile F. Davis for 43 years. Member of Kaibab Lodge No. 25 F.&A.M. and Mizpah Chapter No. 5 O.E.S. Member of Christ United Methodist Church for over 48 years. Survived by: Donald (Elizabeth) Prater, Elaine (Keith) Greaves, Kenneth (Becky) Prater and Gerald (Glenda) Prater; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Also survived by personal and long-time friend Marquieta Halvorsen. Per John’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriner’s Hospital and/or The Building Fund for Christ United Methodist Church. Memorial services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 17, 2004 at Evans & Early Mortuary, 574 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, where friends may call one (1) hour prior to service.