Originally Published May 2, 2013
BY THE COLUMBUS PACKET
City of Columbus Public Works Director will be remembered by family, friends and city officials today during a public memorial at the Trotter Convention Center.
Pratt died suddenly on the morning of Sat., April 27 at his Columbus home at 720 3rd Ave. S. after participating in physical activities associated with his training to become an auxiliary officer with the Columbus Police Department. Pratt is believed to have died of natural causes.
“The City of Columbus is mourning the loss of Public Works Director Mike Pratt,” said Mayor Robert Smith. “Our prayers, sympathy and condolences are with Kim, Ryan and Steven. Mike and I had a professional relationship. He was an outstanding individual who exhibited characteristic that most companies or organization would like to have in an individual. I must say that Mike had one of the most difficult jobs in the City of Columbus, but handle well. He was loyal, committed and passionate about his work and provided splendid service to our community. Mike will be deeply missed.”
Pratt was born January 13, 1969, in Iowa City, Iowa, to the late Harry E. Pratt. Pratt has been with the City of Columbus since 2008.
“Mike Pratt was a great guy and an outstanding Public Works Director,” said Chief Operations Officer David Armstrong. “In my many years of working in local government, on both the City and County side, Mike was as hard working and knowledgeable as anyone I’ve ever been around. He always tried to please everyone who called on him for a myriad of tasks, regardless whether they were city projects or community events. Mike was loyal, dedicated and respected. The City of Columbus and all his many friends here will miss him very much.”
Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen will honor Pratt with a plaque containing the Chief’s coin during the memorial. Friends of the deceased said he will be burried in his trademark baseball cap and sunglasses.
Pratt is survived by his wife, Kim Whitrock Pratt; and sons, Ryan Michael and Stephen Matthew Pratt, all of Bartlett, TN.
Visitation will be at The Trotter Convention Center (upstairs) from 9:00 AM-11:00 AM on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Funeral services will follow at 11 :00 AM with Dr. Shawn Parker officiating. Gunter and Peel Funeral Home will be in charge of his services.
A memorial scholarship fund has been set up at BankcorpSouth branches for Pratt’s sons.
A full obit can be seen on page 26.
A tribute to Pratt can be seen on page 3 of the Market Street Festival Guide.