Obituary: Lyle Lee Prather
Lyle Lee Prather November 19, 1940-January 3, 2020
Lyle Lee Prather, age 79, died peacefully in his home near Craig, Colorado on January 3, 2020. He was born in Craig on November 19, 1940 to Jesse and Alta Prather. Lyle attended school in Craig, graduating from Moffat County High School in 1958. Lyle was active in 4-H Club work, winning a trip to National 4-H Congress with his tractor project work in 1958. Following graduation he attended a diesel mechanics school in St. Louis, Missouri and then enlisted in the army, spending the time in France with the Engineer Troops. After his time in the army, Lyle worked at a tractor dealership in Sterling, Colorado. On July 5, 1965 he married Diane Osborn. They were married 54 years at the time of his death. In the fall of 1965 Lyle and Diane moved to Timnath, Colorado. Lyle began studies at Colorado State University while Diane taught school. Lyle graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado State University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He majored in psychology and specialized in work with the developmentally disabled. Following graduation he worked with the developmentally disabled in Greeley, Colorado and Cheyenne, Wyoming. Two children were born to the marriage: Jody Lee and Jamie Lyle. The family bought a home in Severance, Colorado. In the 70s the family moved back to Craig where Lyle combined ranching while working on licensing to become a therapist, specializing in substance abuse and domestic violence. He continued to work as a therapist until his retirement. Lyle supported his children and grandchildren in 4-H work and their many other endeavors. Lyle enjoyed haying and ranching, vintage tractors, and researching/reading about the military, especially World War II. He was a charter member of the National World War II Museum. One of Lyle’s favorite fiction authors was Craig Johnson, and he had the complete library of the author’s works. Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Keith, Lawrence, and Kenneth; and sisters Florence (Earl) Van Tassel, Edna Paulson, and Montie (Frank) Burgess. He is survived by his wife Diane, sons: Jody (Cindy) of Vernal, Utah and Jamie (Brandi) of Kenai, Alaska; grandchildren Kenny and Megan of Kenai and Jessica and Jayce of Vernal; and great-grandchildren Luna of Vernal and Brian of Kenai. He is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces and their families. A celebration of life will be held in the spring. Those who wish may donate to the National World War II Museum or the Moffat County 4-H Foundation in Lyle’s memory, c/o Grant Mortuary in Craig.