Jonathan William PrattJonathan William Pratt entered into eternal peace on February 13, 2009. He was 23. Friends are invited to call at Cornerstone Christian Church, 183 Schoolhouse Road, Guilderland from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 21, 2009. Funeral services will follow at Cornerstone, officiated by Pastor Gareth Gilpin. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Altamont in the spring. "Jon William Pratt was an amazing talent, friend, and a true artist. He devoted himself to his art wholeheartedly - as well as his friends', always there when you needed him whether you asked him to or not - the kind that spoke his mind profoundly, good or bad. A spiritual person, like his soul, his music was deep and real and his poems the same," a friend wrote in tribute. Another wrote, "Jon lived a rich and fulfilling 23 years. He met failures and successes, suffered trials and tribulations, endured agonies and ecstasies; he rode a motorcycle from New York to Florida; he flew airplanes; he worked in Hollywood studios; he was a musical prodigy and a passionate singer; he was an academic standout, an enthusiastic poet, an overachiever whose goals were even too high for himself." Born in Albany on January 1, 1986, he was the son of Debra and William Pratt, and spent his early years in Guilderland. At age 7, his family moved to Altamont, the village he considered his home. Jonathan attended Altamont Elementary School through fifth grade, and then completed his secondary education at Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, where he was captain in the Junior ROTC and graduated as a Presidential Scholar in May of 2004. He was a member at Lynnwood Reformed Church in Guilderland where he was baptized and confirmed. He later became a worship leader for the youth service, and played guitar on the adult worship team at Christ's Church of the Capital District in Guilderland. Jonathan spent many summers attending Fowler Camp and Retreat Center in Speculator, N.Y. He loved the Adirondacks and appreciated God's creation. He loved kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and wilderness adventures. He spent two summers as a Student Working in Ministry at Camp Fowler. Throughout high school, he applied his innate ability with animals working at Acres Meadowdale Animal Inn in Guilderland Center. His favorite dogs were Australian sheep dogs, as bounding with energy and zeal for life as was he. At an early age, Jon developed a love for flight. In fourth and fifth grades, he attended NASA's Space Camp in Cape Canaveral. After high school, he pursued his dream of becoming a pilot at Florida Institute of Technology where he soloed, but left for medical reasons in January of 2005. He also attended the University at Albany, where he studied poetry, journalism, and writing. He frequented the Thacher Park overlook and Mohawk Canal locks where he spent many hours each day engaged in journaling his thoughts and observations of life. His motorcycle trip to Florida during spring break 2006 inspired his first book of poetry, "The Virginia Acid Rain Experiment." Jonathan began his musical career at age 7, studying piano under Agnes Armstrong. He formed his first band while in high school and made his first professional recording with Tarpon Trees, while a student at Florida Tech. In March of 2007, he was invited to Hollywood, Calif., by the band The Hills as their organ player and pianist. A consummate writer, he chronicled his experiences and, upon his return to New York, he birthed another book of poetry, "Life in Radioland." In the summer of 2008, Jon formed the band Heavy Water with his former band mates from The Hills. Heavy Water recently played shows in Manhattan and Long Island to rave reviews. He is survived by his parents, of Rotterdam; his sister, Cassandra Pratt of Guilderland; his aunts, Susan Deprez of Annandale, Va., Lucinda Uhorchak and her husband, John, of Cornwall, N.Y., and Janice VanHouten of Gilbertsville; his uncles, Michael Walker of Unadilla, N.Y. and Andrew Pratt of Norwich; his grandmother, Barbara Walker, of Sidney and his grandfather, Dowell Pratt, of Norwich. He is also survived by cousins, Nicholas Uhorchak, of Fort Hood, Texas; Jacqueline, and Andrew Uhorchak of Cornwall, N.Y., Amanda and David Deprez of Annandale, Va., and Jessica Crisell of Norwich, Michelle Schwartz of Sidney, and Steven Walker of Fort Bliss, Texas. Also, Joshua VanHouten, Stephanie Pratt, and Dakota VanHouten of, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fowler Camp and Retreat Center Capital Campaign Fund, in care of the Regional Synod of Albany, 1790 Grand Blvd., Schenectady, N.Y. 12309.
Still the "coolest dude" I ever knew; and still influencing my decisions on a daily basis.
Stephen Bubonia Mar 29 2020 12:00 AM
I'll never quit Jon. They'll never get me. Love ya. Miss ya bad. Thank you.
Lee Feb 24 2011 12:00 AM
It's on the brink of 3 months since you left us. 3 months of comin' and goin', lots of nights where I am at peace talking with you, lots of mornings when I wake up and realize you'll never again be here. It ain't easy, I think about the nook and I think about you as an adult and I just wish we had more time together. I hope and pray to God that you are able to sense my love through this, for a day shall never pass that I don't think of you and miss you. Oh, to only have another day......Love Always, Forever and until we meet again Your big sister that still looks out for you and will til the day she joins you.
Cassandra May 22 2009 12:00 AM
Dear John, I think I speak for all of us waltons when I say there's nothing and no one that could ever come close to replacing you. There are no words, no songs, and certainly no pictures that come close to capturing you in your full glory. We miss you, but you will always be with us no matter what happens. I know that Tyler feels this deeply, and despite how many items of Wood hall have suffered their fate at your hands, and how many people from the same dorm have known your antics and abilities, there is no way to ever erase the memories you have forever engraved in our hearts and minds. I personally will never forget the incredible, enlightening, and life-changing experiences we've shared over the years, and my only regret is that I wish I had met you sooner, as to have spent more time with you. Thankyou John for everything you have, and will continue to do. As the memories of you still thrive and shape those who knew you, we will continue to keep your legacy alive and well to ensure that you are forever heard. God bless John, and rest assured, we still love you, and always will. - Wolfman, on behalf of the waltons
Jeff Wolfman May 2 2009 12:00 AM
You were my morningstar. And I must say we need you here dear friend. we need your laugh your work ethic and your true love of animals. If I grow old and older you will always live there at my place, and in the hearts of all the souls of my dear friends the animals you loved and cared for. We miss you so all of us.. dear friend and Lilly my Lilly sayes she misses.. your walks with her. And may I say you will live in all the the beauty I do see... my dear friend the son I never had spring has come and you are not here. though someteimes I feel you are just around the corner... Good bye my morningstar you will be back another day. Merilyn
mreese Apr 28 2009 12:00 AM
I have no idea how or exactly when I met jon... and we only jammed once sometime in 2005, and stayed in random touch since then. I spoke with him not two weeks ago about our music, and music in general, and I was saddened to find out about his untimely death. I send all my positive energy to his family and friends for a loss beyond what I could imagine. ~All my best, Alex.
Alex Caminiti Feb 22 2009 12:00 AM
Jon and I were penpals since we were 12. Even though we communicated only through words, I will always cherish him as one of the most interesting, witty, musical and life-loving people of my acquaintance. I would like to extend my love and hope to his family and close friends...who certainly must have helped shape such an amazing person. I wish you a recovery into fond memories. with love, anastasia
Anastasia Tumanova Feb 22 2009 12:00 AM
Jon and I were penpals since we were 12. Even though we communicated only through words, I will always cherish him as one of the most interesting, witty, musical and life-loving people of my acquaintance. I would like to extend my love and hope to his family and close friends...who certainly must have helped shape such an amazing person. i wish you a recovery into fond memories. with love, anastasia
Anastasia Tumanova Feb 22 2009 12:00 AM
Debbie and Bill, It is with such sorrow that I write this. I remember Jon and our mission trip with fondness. Even then I realized that Jon was unique. He had such conviction at so young an age. I pray that you find comfort in knowing how many lives he touched.
Debbie La Rose Feb 21 2009 12:00 AM
Jon, I did not know you very well but you sound like an amazing spirit. It is clear that you will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know you. -Robin
Robin D. Roberts Feb 21 2009 12:00 AM