December 30, 1952 - July 27, 2018
Fevrel Wayne Pratt, Jr
December 30, 1952 – July 27, 2018
Fevrel Wayne Pratt, Jr passed away at home in Portland, Oregon on July 27th, 2018 after a brief, but valiant fight against cancer. He passed from the arms of his beloved wife into the arms of our Lord.
Fev was born to Fevrel, Sr and Joan Pratt on December 30th, 1952 in Sedro-Wooley, Washington. He spent his earliest years on the family wheat farm in Tekoa, Washington before moving to Portland. Summers, while growing up, he would return to the wheat farm to spend time with family and help work on the farm. After graduating from Madison High school, he attended the University of Oregon where he met the love of his life and wife of nearly 43 years, LeeAnn. Fev graduated from Portland State University with a degree in civil-structural engineering. He then worked for Bonneville Power Administration for 31 years, retiring in 2011.
A wonderful father to his daughters Joelle and Jocelyn, Fev was always supportive of them. He showed his support as a proud “dance dad” as they were growing up. He helped with sets and sewing ballet shoes and even learned how to do a tour jete, or a least some version thereof. He was also a doting Papa to his 6 grandchildren teaching most of them how to ride a bike. He also instilled in them a love of music and of the outdoors.
Fev lived with an enthusiasm for life which he shared with his family and many friends. He enjoyed an active lifestyle including cycling, paddling, running, volley ball, softball, and windsurfing. He climbed Mt. Hood twice and climbed South Sister as well. In 2012 he ran the Rock ‘n Roll half Marathon with 3 generations of family including his brother Kym, daughter Jocelyn and grandson Terrence. He participated in several Cycle Oregon trips, completing 2 century rides. A member/coach of the Castaways dragon boat team for 20 years, he shared his passion for paddling with an extensive Dragon Sports family. He also paddled on 6-person outrigger canoes. Last September he fulfilled his dream of ocean OC6 racing off the big island of Hawaii.
A big sports fan, Fev was a Blazer season ticket holder for many years. He took family and friends with him to games and liked to rent a Blazer box with family for special occasions. He and his brother Kym spent hours on the phone discussing Trailblazer strategy. He also rooted for the Ducks, the Vikings, the Pilots, and yes, on occasion, the Beavers.
Fev had an affinity for the road feel and handling of foreign cars and motorcycles. Over the years, he owned a Mini Cooper and two Alfa Romeos, one being a 1969 boat tail Spider. He also enjoyed riding his Ducati Monster, especially on windy country roads. He attended many Portland Auto Shows with family and friends and always had the latest copies of Road and Track and Cycle World on hand.
Music was a huge part of Fev’s life. He played the cello, ukulele, mandolin, harmonica, and his favorite the guitar. Fev was never far away from his guitar, even bringing it with him on vacations. His family has fond memories of him playing his guitar, especially the blues, one of his favorite genres. A favorite family request was Blackbird. He was learning Bonnie Raitt’s version of “Right Down the Line,” which he would sing to his “Hon” LeeAnn.
Fev is survived by his wife, LeeAnn Pratt; his mother, Joan Pratt; his daughters Joelle Moore (Eric Stead) and Jocelyn Pratt (Rob Purdy); his brother Kym Pratt (Melissa); his sister Lori Hughes (George); his sister-in-law LaVonne Chilgren and his grandchildren Aubree, Terrence, Olivia, Jaxon, Evan, and Brendan; as well as uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and a multitude of friends. He was predeceased by his father Fevrel, Sr and his sister Debra.
Fev lived his life with honor and integrity, but most of all with love and kindness. He would be the first to say he wasn’t perfect, but those of us who lived surrounded by the light of his life would have to respectfully disagree.
Fev’s memory will live on in the hearts of his family and friends. As has been said, “the song may be over, but the melody lingers on.”