A WELL loved teacher and family man, who influenced the lives of many, passed away on Sunday after a long illness.
Martin Pratt, 59, was head of technology at what was Central Technology and Sports College until 2008 when he retired due to ill health after 30 years of teaching.
His wife Susan said: “The thing that Martin was really well known for was the fact that he was wonderful with the children and he used to get the best out of them.
“He believed in every single one of them and had a positive impact on so many people.”
Martin, who was born in Rhyl in 1952, trained as a joiner after leaving school but it was not long before he decided to join the RAF.
After just a couple of months he was promoted to the rank of corporal and transferred to the SAS, where he saw a lot of active service.
While in the SAS he started taking his qualifications to become a teacher. In 1977 he left the army and became a site agent for Barratt Homes while he finished his teaching qualifications. And a year later he became a teaching assistant in a school in Nottinghamshire before taking up his post at Central Technology and Sports College in 1979.
Martin had a passion for the outdoors and this did not change during his time at the school. He took the students on trips all over the world and became the Duke of Edinburgh Awards co-ordinator for Lincolnshire. He also started HeartStart, which taught first aid to the students, and the Lives First Responders Group in Osbournby.
Martin married Mary in 1971 and had two children Chris and Debbie, and later seven grand-children.
Debbie said: “As a child I just remember having fun, I’ve got so many happy memories.”
Chris added: “My 16th birthday present was a parachute jump, it was my first time in a plane and I jumped out of it. I remember being pushed to succeed.”
In 1989 he married Susan. She said: “He absolutely adored his grandchildren. He was the most loving man and we had a wonderful marriage.”
Martin’s funeral will be held at 11.45am on Tuesday, August 30 at Grantham Crematorium. Everyone is welcome and donations will go to Combat Stress.