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Sheldon James Pratt

August 25, 1959 — August 5, 2022

Sheldon James Pratt August 25th, 1959 - August 5th, 2022 Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather Sheldon passed on August 5th, 2022 after fighting pancreatic cancer for over two years. Born in Ohio, and living in California shortly after, Sheldon eventually spent his childhood in Bloomington as the oldest of five siblings. He attended Indiana University on an ROTC Scholarship, married his wife Dail Jones, and went on to a twenty-year career in the US Army as a third-generation Officer. During that time they raised two sons, Lane and Taylor, and lived in Florida, Oklahoma, Michigan, Germany, Missouri, Kansas, California, Georgia, and Illinois before his first retirement to Northern Virginia where he continued to work in Information Systems Security. He returned to Bloomington in his final year after spending a life traveling the country and the globe.
As a father, Sheldon was actively involved in his sons' lives, from assisting in homeschooling, to serving as a Leader for their Cub Scout Den, and sharing his lifelong love of learning; especially through reading. Sheldon was an enthusiastic supporter of the performing arts, and was a regular season ticket holder at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC. He was a keen amateur astronomer, and loved to share both his telescopes and his enthusiasm. He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Leesburg, VA where he taught RE, was a member of the board, and gave lay sermons. Fiercely loyal, hardworking, and steadfast; he will be missed.

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