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William (Billy) Praker Jr.
March 26, 1948 ~ November 14, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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William (Billy) Praker Jr. passed away on Tuesday afternoon, November 14, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 26, 1948, in Galveston, TX where he lived his whole life as a commercial fisherman/shrimper.
He served his country in the U.S. Army in Vietnam receiving several medals including the Bronze Star. His legacy included building several boats, such as the Lil’ Hustler, Patricia Gayle, and his pride and joy the Revenge. Billy had many titles in his life from father to fisherman, but he is best remembered for his hard work and commitment to his family. Aside from his love for fishing & shrimping, he was passionate about teaching his skills to his family and friends. He enjoyed his dogs (Pepper, Thor, & Savannah) and being surrounded by friends and family. Throughout his journey in life, he kept his sense of humor. He cracked jokes and even pulled lighthearted pranks in the hospital. He had a great ability to make others smile and his compassion and sense of humor will forever be missed.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William & Edna Praker, and sister Sandy Hinze.
Billy is survived by his wife of 53 years, Gayle Auzston Praker, his children William (Sugarbear) Praker III & wife Tonya, Patricia Praker, Mike Praker & Husband Travis, his grandchildren, Brooke Enriquez, Blakelen, Rylee, Jacob, Ashleigh, Ben, & James Praker, brothers Gary, Ricky, and Jerry Praker, and sister Linda O’Connor.
The family would like to thank The UTMB Staff of Family Medicine & ICU, and the nurses of Absolute Hospice.
Per the family wishes, no services will be held at this time.