Mark R. Pratt, 85, Middlebury native


NAPLES, Fla. — Mark R. Pratt, 85, died on Sept. 12, 2023, in Naples, Fla

Born March 31, 1938, in Burlington, Vt., he grew up on a dairy farm, graduated from Middlebury High School and was the first Vermonter to receive a National Merit Scholarship. This enabled him to attend MIT, where he received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. After active duty service as an officer in the U.S. Army, he earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He had a 30-year executive career with Exxon Chemical Company. He served on the Boards of Directors of six companies.

After moving to Naples in 2004, he served on the board of directors of the Wyndemere Country Club, was chair of its tennis committee and served on several other club committees. He was a member of the board of directors of St. Matthews House in East Naples and was the volunteer coordinator for Guadalupe Social Services in Immokalee.

Mark loved to sing and had a beautiful tenor voice. He sang with the Naples Philharmonic Chorus (2004-2020). In his later years, Mark moved to Siena Lakes in Naples and was an active resident in welcoming new residents to the community, playing Bocce and organizing many concerts and singalongs.

His wife of 56 years, Marysue (Susie) Pratt, predeceased him, as did their second son, George Pratt. He is survived by his son Stephen Pratt, wife Kathleen Yazbak and grandsons Roderick and Louis Pratt of Norwood, Mass. He is further survived by George’s wife Sydney Robertson and granddaughter Carmen Pratt of Ojai, Calif.; and daughter Darcie (Pratt) Wallace, husband Michael, grandsons Sam and Jack and granddaughter McKenna of Marietta. Ga. He is also survived by his sister Jacqueline (Pratt) Downing and brother John Pratt.

A funeral mass will take place Thursday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m., at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Naples, Fla.◊


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