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Blake Arron Prater was born in Norton, Kansas on January 7, 1952 to Ralph and Leah Prater. He passed away peacefully in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on October 18, 2015 after suffering a stroke 2 weeks prior. He graduated from Brawley Union High School in Brawley, California.
Blake enjoyed working on classic cars and was as happy under the hood as behind the wheel. He loved to work with wood and enjoyed being on the water. He wore many hats over the years, but was happiest when figuring out complex problems or designing detailed business plans.
Blake is survived by his children Chad Prater, Aimee Knapp, Brooke Walley, and Colton Prater, his parents Ralph and Leah Prater, his sisters Rebecca Prater and Barbara Galyean, and his brother Brock Prater. He left behind a strong legacy with six grandchildren including Amanda Burns, Logan Prater, Corey Walley, Ryan Walley, Ashley Prater, and Jenny Prater. He was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and first wife Marsha.
A private celebration of Blake’s life will be held Friday, October 23 from 4pm to 9pm at his granddaughter Amanda’s house. Please contact the family for an invite if you would like to attend.
Dixie Prater Odum says
I would like to extend my Deepest Sympathy to Aimee, Chad, Brooke, and Colton in the loss of your father!! So Sad for all of you, but I am happy you were able to reunite with him prior to his death. Also, deepest sympathy to Ralph, Leah, Barbie, Becky, and Brock, and to all the family and friends of Blake. I know he will be dearly missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this very sad time. I will be unable to attend the remembrance for Blake but I am planning a private prayer time during a portion of the time you all will be gathering so please know I will be with you in Spirit. RIP Blake!!!
Michael Daragjati says
My name is Mike and I spent time with Blake over the last year. We got very close and and Blake helped me put a lot of business plans together and was always willing to help. I personally saw him helping so many people over the last couple years. He loved his family and spoke of them daily. I feel as though I know all of his children because he spent so much time speaking of all of you.
My deepest condolences to your family. Sending prayers and sympathy to you all.
Rest in peace Blake.
John Hargrove says
I knew Blake for the last three years of his life. He was a good friend and a comfort to me many times. We shared many things, and enjoyed the same authors and love for automobiles. I can’t believe he is gone.
Sue Malone says
Did he die in prison?
John H says
He had been released from prison and from the halfway house for work release. He was living with a relative.
Sue Malone says
Thanks, John. I guess he got released early? I thought he was due for release this December, and just by chance I looked it up and saw he was deceased. (I’ve been following the case).
John H says
Yes, he was due for full release Dec. 12th, but got halfway house, then work release. He sent me some emails, and was very stressed about the halfway house treatment. I would hate to think that contributed to his demise.
David G. says
I got to know Blake several years ago while he was in New York. He was a very bright man, always willing to listen and to help. I had looked forward to seeing him again some day and am saddened to hear of his passing.
My condolences to his loved ones.