Marson Eaton Pratt, age 100, of West Yarmouth, MA and formerly of Shrewsbury, MA and Dunedin, FL passed away on February 13, 2016 at the Mayflower Nursing Center in West Yarmouth, MA.
Marson was born January 29, 1916 in Worcester, MA. He was the son of Evalina (Burgess) and Carlyle Pratt. Marson was predeceased in 2011 by his wife of 67 years, Ethel Elizabeth “Betty” Pratt. Marson is survived by his sons, Gary B. Pratt and his wife Barbara Sheridan Pratt of Falmouth and David J. Pratt and his wife Sandra Sowers Pratt of South Yarmouth. He is also survived by his brother Russell Pratt, 101, of Framingham, MA and his brother-in-law William J, Webb and his wife, Betty Kay of Bradenton, FL. Marson had five grandchildren: Jennifer Pratt Shoop of Norwood, MA, Jason Pratt who passed away in 1999, Joshua Pratt and his wife Krista Green Pratt of Wayland, MA, Katherine Pratt Coutu and her husband Matt Coutu of Merritt Island, FL, and Robert Sheridan and his wife Chanelle of Bourne, MA. His great grandchildren are Brook Shoop, McKenzie Shoop, Connor Shoop, Tyler Coutu, Jordan Coutu, Declan Pratt, Brennan Pratt and Brysen Sheridan. Marson also leaves many nieces and nephews, lifelong friends from Shrewsbury and many close friends at Lake Highlander Park in Dunedin, FL where he spent over 30 winters and was honored with his wife as a "Pioneer" for his work in establishing the Park as "resident-owned". Betty and Marson were named "Best Dressed Couple" at the Park because of their love of colorful clothes and jaunty hats.
Marson graduated from Shrewsbury High School in 1933. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946 as a technician who designed and made casts and braces for the returning veterans during WWII. He was a member of the American Legion Post 238 in Shrewsbury. He was a Freemason affiliated with the Matthew John Whittall Lodge in Shrewsbury. Later in his life he competed quite successfully as a golfer and shuffleboard player. He was a member of Juniper Hill Golf Club in Northborough. He also enjoyed fishing in MA, NH and FL. Marson worked for many years at A.E. Burgess Leather in Grafton, MA. At home in Shrewsbury he took pleasure in growing and sharing vegetables and flowers from his and Betty’s garden. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury.
There will be no visiting hours. A graveside service will be held in the Spring at the Mountain View Cemetery in Shrewsbury.
Memorial donations in Marson’s name may be made to the charity of your choice.