Shannon Pease Pratt, 88, of Portland, died in his sleep on the morning of Nov. 26, 2021, at his home. He was born April 12, 1933, in Seattle, Wash., to Randall Shannon Pratt and Edna Pease Pratt. He spent his childhood in Seattle, on Bainbridge Island, and in Portland. He was a graduate of Grant High School (Portland), the University of Washington, bachelor’s in Business Administration, and Indiana University, doctorate in Business Administration/Finance.
He attended Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Ga., during which time he met Mildred Martin, his wife of 57 years. He served in the Navy as Supply Officer, Lieutenant Jr. Grade, on the USS Wilhoite, stationed in Seattle and Hawaii. In the Navy he volunteered as ship chaplain. Shannon worked in his father’s grocery broker business, was a professor at Portland State University, and founded both Willamette Management Associates and Shannon Pratt Valuations. He was a pioneer in the field of business valuations, teaching courses and speaking around the world at legal, professional, and trade meetings. He is the author of numerous books and dozens of articles.
Shannon’s first love was his family. He was constantly planning adventures, including multiple family vacations in Wyoming. He enjoyed camping, hiking, model railroading, hosting parties, and traveling the world. He played the ukulele, backgammon, and racketball. He loved reciting limericks, leading camp songs, dancing, and going to shows. The day was never long enough for Shannon. Despite declining mobility from strokes, nothing deterred him from seeking new challenges. A member of Valley Community Presbyterian church since 1971, he served on committees and ensured a Christian foundation for his children. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mildred in 2015; and his son, Steven in 2017. He is survived by children, Mike Pratt (Barb Brooks) of Portland, Susan Wilder (Tim) of Springfield, Va., Georgia Senor (Tom) of Bentonville, Ark.; grandchildren, Elisa, Katie, Randall, Graham, John, Calvin, Addy, Kenny, Meg, and Zeph; great-grandchildren, Abigail, Liam, and James; and Jenny Pratt. The family is indebted to many dedicated caregivers who have lovingly tended to Shannon in his home for several years.
A family graveside service will take place at Willamette National Cemetery in December. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at Valley Community Presbyterian Church, Portland. Arrangements are under the direction of Riverview Abbey Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Valley Community Presbyterian Church, 8060 S.W. Brentwood St., Portland OR 97225, or to The Rotary Club of Portland, https://rotarypdx.org/donate.php
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