Final Summons For Nephi Pratt
After Lingering Illness Death Claims Him at Daughter’s Home in Spokane

Nephi Pratt, who on account of failing health, resigned as president of the Northwestern states mission one year ago, died of liver complaint Friday morning at Spokane, Wash., at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.C. Morris, wife of the cartoonist for the Spokesman Review. The word was received yesterday by his son, William P. Pratt, 1900 Liberty avenue, this city.

The deceased is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Florence Leaver and Mrs. Frank Newton of Salt Lake, Mrs. Morris of Spokane, Mrs. Alice J. Cave of Los Angeles; also six sons, W.P. Pratt of Salt Lake, Albert, Nephi, Frank and Joseph Pratt of Spokane, and Heber Pratt, now on a mission in Germany.

The body will be prepared and sent to Salt Lake, where services will be held. Burial will be in City cemetery.

Elder Pratt was born Jan. 1, 1841, at Nauvoo, Ill., and was a son of Parley P. Pratt. He accompanied his parents to Utah in the year 1846. He was of a religious form of mind and did some work in the office of the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Era later on in life. When a young man, about the time of his marriage, he was called by Brigham Young to go to Fillmore to help settle and build up central Utah. He lived there about 10 years, where many of his children were born. He returned with his family to Salt Lake, and filled an honorable mission in England Wales. He engaged in the music and sewing machine business in Ogden and afterwards at Butte Mont., returning to Salt Lake once more. For seven years he was president of the Northwestern states mission, leaving that work on account of his ill health in April 1909. He has always been prominently identified in church work, his having been placed at the head of that important mission being in recognition of his signal serving. He leaves a vast number of relatives and friends to mourn his sudden death, and the funeral, which will be held some time next week, will be largely attended.

[Deseret News, Apr. 30, 1910, 3]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Jan. 2006]


Elder Nephi Pratt, for a number of years president of the Northwestern States Mission, and for several years a clerk in the business department of the Improvement Era, died April 22, 1910, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. C. Morris, in Spokane, Washington. He was a son of Parley P. Pratt, one of the founders of the Church, and was born in Nauvoo, Illinois, sixty-five years ago. With his parents he came to Salt Lake in 1849. He filled a mission to England and Wales some thirty years ago, and during his whole life was an energetic and able missionary, a genial companion, faithful and devoted, with a spiritual nature that was an inspiration to all with whom he came in contact. His body was brought to Salt Lake City for burial, and President Joseph F. Smith and leading Church members spoke at the funeral services.

[Improvement Era, 1910]


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