Daniel R. Prather, Sr., 76 year old Mooreland resident, died Saturday, November 12, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Mooreland with the Reverend Larry Masoner officiating. Burial will follow in the Mooreland Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Billings Chapel in Mooreland on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the United States Navy.
Daniel Robert Prather, Sr. was born on April 26, 1940 in Brighton, Colorado to Robert Elmer and Dorothy Rita (Melick) Prather. Dan was raised and attended school in Dacono, Colorado. At the age of 17, with his mother's permission, Dan joined the United States Navy. He served his country on the USS Sailfish 572 as an Engineman 3rd Class. Dan honorably served his country until being discharged in 1961.
He was united in marriage to Anne Paton Macfarlane on September 5, 1959. They made their first home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and later moved to New London, Connecticut where Dan was stationed. In 1962, he worked on the Titan II Missile Base. The family later moved to Denver, Colorado and Idaho Springs, Colorado before making Mooreland, Oklahoma their home in 1965. In the early 1970's Dan started State Builders and he built many houses and buildings in the area. In 1972, Dan founded Prather Cues part-time before turning his hobby into a full-time business in 1983. Dan became a world class cue maker with a company that still thrives today.
Dan was passionate about expanding the reach of the Billiards industry. He visited Switzerland on behalf of the World Pool-Billiard Association to present billiards as a sport to the Olympic Committee. He often sponsored members of the National Wheelchair Poolplayers Association. Dan also helped to start the world's first college degree program majoring in billiards by donating 30 custom made pool cues to the National University of Physical Education and Sports of Ukraine in 1997.
Dan had many hobbies which include reading, wood carving, fishing, hunting, photography, tinkering and inventing. One of his favorite past times was flying. He had his private pilot's license with a multi-engine rating and instrument rating. He was a certified flight instructor for single engine planes until 2015. He was also a founding member of the Tri-State EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association). Dan was often hard to keep up with, as he loved to travel the world. Some of the places he visited include: Thailand, Scandinavia, China, Russia, Ecuador, Canada, Philippines, Belize, Dubai, Austria and Czech Republic. When he was home, he preferred to be surrounded by family. He spent the past 4 years with his beloved schnauzer, Lucy, by his side.
He is survived by his wife Anne of the home; two sons: Daniel Robert Prather, Jr. and wife Shelly Ding of Mooreland, Jeffrey James Prather and wife Rhonda of Mooreland; two daughters: Heide Anne Prather and husband Kevin Hilliard of Mooreland, Jennifer Prather Finley and husband Todd of Mooreland; one sister, Christy Roscoe and husband Mark of Phoenix, Arizona; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Leslie and Doug Sheppard of Woodward; 15 grandchildren, Adrienne Floyd Wilson and husband John of Norman, Amber Dolin Stephenson and husband Marcus of Mutual, Chelsea Finley Graham and Rodney of Wilson, Bailey Dolin and Keisha of Mooreland, Darsea Finley of Eugene, Oregon, Jordan Prather and wife Jillian of Mooreland, Sara Bennett Haden and husband Tyler of Weatherford, Emily Lehman Morgan and husband Chris of Weatherford, Ania Hansen of Mooreland, Baysil Prather and Emily of Alva, Andy Bennett and Shelby of Beaver, Isaac Hansen of Mead, Colorado, Natalie Prather of Woodward, Kiana Yang Prather of Mooreland, Kersten Prather Stoevener of Mooreland; 12 great-grandchildren, Aden Wilson, Acen Wilson, David Cooper, Paul Morgan, Raegan Morgan, Aidan Jones, Layne Dolin, Isla Stephenson, Bronson Graham, Oliver Prather, Milo Prather, Jace Haden; 2 nephews, Jesse Hill, Justin Hill; 3 Nieces, Elizabeth Binard Berry, Katrina Binard Walker, Ivonna Hickey Hinton.
Through his travels, Dan made many friends whom he referred to as family and he is survived by numerous loved ones all over the world.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Dorothy, his beloved sister Mary Catherine Prather Binard and his granddaughter Margaret Ielene Prather.
Remembrances may be shared online at Billings Funeral Home - Home
Published on November 16, 2016