John Pratt Obituary (1945 – 2021) – Salt Lake City, UT

John Paul Pratt


Duchesne, Utah. John Paul Pratt was born on July 4, 1945 in Downey, California and died at home in Duchesne, UT on October 12, 2021, aged 76. He grew up in Salt Lake City, UT, with parents, LeGrand and Kathryn Pratt. up, and older brother Jim. In 1963 he graduated from South High. He served on an LDS mission in southern Brazil in 1965. in Astronomy from the United States of Arizona (1976). In 1970 he married Ruth McOmber and had five children: John, Julie, Mary, Jared and Joseph. He leaves behind his former wife Ruth, his five children and his 28 grandchildren. He faced death twice when he survived leukemia in 2009 and had severe fasciitis in his leg in 2017 but eventually contracted Covid pneumonia that year.

John was passionate about religious calendars and chronology and has always loved science and math. As a teenager he discovered dinosaurs with three calendars, with four prime numbers and studied dinosaurs intensively in fourth grade. He had many side interests, including surviving outdoors, solving puzzles, and collecting books. He looked forward to his annual table tennis tournaments, playing chess with his grandchildren and family camping.

John was a wonderful father, friend, and devoted disciple of Jesus Christ. He loved to share his knowledge and sought truth and improvement. With a sleeping bag, stick and pocket knife he would test his limits in the open air. He emphasized cherishing life and listening to one’s own consciousness.

After finishing 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 the Utah Valley. He also lived in Pleasant Grove, American Fork, Lindon, and Duchesne, UT.

John wrote 254 articles on religion, science, calendars, and constellations, which are linked on his website at 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 in the production “Oh, how beautiful was the morning! Finding the Date of the First Vision ”.

John served in many LDS church positions earlier in his life. Before his death, he was an active participant in the Remnant movement and spoke at conferences. He later testified as a gold plate witness with a group in Brazil he affectionately called the “born again” LDS Church in which he served in the First Presidency.

The funeral will take place on Sunday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m. with a 12:30 p.m. tour of Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary 3401 S Highland Dr, Millcreek, UT 84106. For live streaming, please visit his obituary at for a link to the event.

Published by Deseret News October 15-16, 2021.

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