Kenneth Terry Pratt
Resident of Alameda
Beloved local Oral Surgeon and philanthropist Kenneth Terry Pratt, DDS (76) died peacefully early May 17th, surrounded by his dear family and loving wife, Liz, after a long and difficult battle with prostate cancer.
Terry was born in Winfield, KS December 15, 1944 to Ivah and Bob Pratt. The good news of his birth was announced to his father WWII Veteran Chaplain Robert Pratt by cablegram, who famously sat on and didn’t open the announcement until he was done conducting a Christmas party for orphans in Tunisia where he was stationed.
Terry grew up in a number of towns including Springfield MO, East Orange NJ, and Quincy, Il as his American Baptist minister father moved through post-doctoral work and then to various church homes over the years. Terry’s childhood among 3 other siblings (eventually 4), was marked by humble surroundings, plenty of love, and lots of fun and mischief. Terry described himself as “Mom’s favorite” (though all her kids felt the same). It was this feeling of being completely loved that perhaps contributed to Terry’s free spirit, adventurous nature, and sense of humor. He was known for his infectious smile as well as his jokes and pranks. In high school, he played tennis and basketball for the Quincy Blue Devils, got in plenty of mischief with life-long friends Roger Chatten and Niel Fishback, sang in the church youth choir, and excelled in his classes.
As a scholar athlete, Terry obtained a scholarship to William Jewell college where he played tennis, finishing there in 3 years. He then relocated to Ventura, CA where his family had moved and worked hard including in the oil field to earn money to attend UCLA dental school in 1966, graduating with his DDS as part of UCLA’s 2nd graduating class in 1969. He enlisted in the USAF where he began training as an oral surgeon, being stationed at Chanute and then Beale AFBs. After his service, he completed his Oral Surgery Residency at Montefiore Hospital in New York, and then went on to open his own Oral Surgery practice in Alameda, CA in 1975 where he practiced for 44 years, even through 12 years of prostate cancer treatment, retiring only recently in December 2019.
If you lived in Alameda during those years, and needed your wisdom teeth out, chances are you received the wonderful, professional, loving care of Dr Terry Pratt. He was also a pillar of the Alameda community, donating time and money to support underprivileged children, supporting youth sports, scholarship programs, scouts, Indian Health clinic, and being an active member of church until recent years when his health disallowed attendance. Terry loved life and he loved his family, especially all 8 of his kids (4 biological, 4 step). He loved Maui where he and his family made many vacation memories over the years. He loved animals, especially dogs. And he LOVED music. Everywhere he went, he had music playing. And he loved to sing and was very good at it.
Terry was preceded in death by his younger sister Delia Pratt, his father Robert Pratt, and his mother Ivah Kittrell Pratt. He is survived by his wife of 21 years Elizabeth Pratt, and by his older brother Robin Pratt (Tricia), brother-in-law Michael Pinkston (Delia) and sisters Jeanene Pratt and Tammy Aburto- Pratt (George). He is also survived his children: son Kevin Pratt (Judy Ann Rich), daughter Allie Tsambarlis (Pete), daughter Shannon Pratt (Justin), son Daniel Pratt, stepdaughter Genevieve Ford (Bobby), stepson Victor Ford (Tricia), stepdaughter Yvette Cuyugan, stepdaughter Monina Cuyugan and grandchildren Robert Ford, Nikko Tsambarlis, Maile Tsambarlis, and Eliza Katindoy, as well as beloved nieces and nephews.
Terry loved Jesus his whole life. In his last hours, he saw Jesus and confirmed to his dear ones that he was indeed heading to heaven and not to worry.
Visitation and Rosary were held on Friday May 21, 2021 from 4-7 p.m. at the Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, 1415 Oak Street, Alameda. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday May 22, 2021 at 10:00am at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, Alameda.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday May 30th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Home2 Suites (Harbor Bay, Alameda).
For those unable to attend in person, a Zoom invitation is available by contacting Kevin Pratt or Yvette Cuyugan.
In lieu of flowers, Terry would love any donations to support any cancer society of your choosing. For further information please call Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745).