Paul Lee Prater

August 30, 1930 - December 27, 2019
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Paul Lee Prater, 89, passed away on December 27, 2019.


Born, August 29, 1930 in Waldo, Arkansas to Herbert and Ella (Elledge) Prater. His parents and his brothers, Ernest, John L, and James Prater and sisters, Racine (Prater) Townley and Betty Jo Prater have all  have preceded him in death.

His wife of 47 years, Frances (Pierce) Prater and sons, Danny Prater and  Jarrell Prater and great grandson, Dustin Prater have also preceded him in death.

He is survived by children Teresa Garrett (Dusty), Sheila Wetherbee (Duane), Karen Holton (John), Sean Prater (Patsy),  and Tracy Prater.  Also survived by 18 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.  Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws and cousins.

Paul served in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Williams, Arizona from 1951 to 1952.  His work life consisted of farming, working in a paper mill, a meat packing plant, a copper mine and a dynamite company.

Paul lived and worked in Silverbell, Arizona from 1955 until his retirement in 1984.  He also lived in Strawn, Texas and Magnolia, Arkansas and most recently, Marana, Arizona.  He was living at Asterion Acres in Tucson, Arizona at the time of his death.

A memorial will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 at Marana Mortuary, 12146 W. Barnett Road, Marana, Arizona at 10 am.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Silverbell Historical Society @, click on donate or mail to 3901 N Via de Cordoba, Tucson, AZ 85749.  Please mention that the donation is in honor of Paul Prater.

His final resting place will be in Strawn, Texas beside his wife Fran and a graveside service will be planned in the early spring.

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Date: Friday, January 10, 2020

Time: 10:00 am

Marana Mortuary Cemetery


12146 W. Barnett Rd
Marana, Arizona 85653


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Born: August 30, 1930
Died: December 27, 2019

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Mary Covey posted on 1/4/20

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Mary Covey posted on 1/4/20

I have known him for 69 yrs. Had so many memories and beautiful times over the years. Will always miss him.Rest in peace my dear brother. Now u and Fran together again. I am Sorry to Shelia and all the family. .


Jan Kimmel posted on 1/4/20

Uncle Paul was my favorite. He was so much fun. I loved him so much and he will be missed.


Sandy Weaver Boyd posted on 1/4/20

It is always sad to lose someone we love, but the memories we have of you Uncle Paul will live on in our hearts throughout the years.


Michelle Wagner posted on 1/4/20

Knew Paul for many years and was a good husband to my sweet Aunt Wilma. He would do anything for his friends and helped my sweet Daddy in many different things when his health was bad. May he Rest In Peace. He was a very sweet kind man and will be missed. ❤️


Michelle Wagner posted on 1/4/20

In memory of Paul Lee Prater, Michelle Wagner lit a candle


Maggie Cooper posted on 1/4/20

Thinking of you and your family at this time. Love you all. Maggie and Jay Cooper.


Stacey Shea posted on 1/3/20

My mom ( Sue) and I send love and healing to your whole family! The Prater family has always had such a special place in my heart! My deepest sympathy, Stacey Shea


Faye Cruice DeHoff posted on 1/3/20

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Prater family. I spent so much time at their home in Silverbell and they always treated me like one of their own. My parents, Patsy and Jim Cruice, considered them good friends. I remember Mr. Prater taking Teresa and I to country western concerts. Thanks for the great memories Mr. Prater and may you rest in peace


Duane Avery posted on 1/3/20

Sending our love to the entire family of Mr. Prater. Nothing can ease your heartache at this time I know but just know that you've got not only we Averys but an entire community that knew him honoring his memory. Much love, Duane Avery.


Donny and Genell pierce posted on 1/3/20

Our deepest condolences to the family. Know he will be missed. Love you all.


Cathy posted on 1/3/20

To the Prater kids lobe and prayers for peace and comfort. Love Aunt Cathy


David posted on 1/3/20

I have many fond memories of Mr. Prayer and his family at Silver Bell. My dad often borrowed Paul's keep so we could go driving out in the desert surrounding our town. I recall his ham radio antennae with guy wires in the front yard, one of which found my neck! Paul was one of the pioneers of Silver Bell who earned the respect of my generation. I rejoice knowing that he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. As family and friends mourn the loss of his physical presence, we also celebrate his promotion to the presence of Jesus!