Annette (Nettie) M. Prack passed away June 8, 2014 at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, NM.
The cause of death is the result of a bicycling accident.
Nettie was born on September 20, 1962 in Akron, OH to Edward M. and Maureen A. Prack.
She is preceded in death by her father, Edward M. Prack.
She is survived by her mother, Maureen A. (Chambers) Prack (Norwalk, OH); brothers Ed Prack (Phoenix, AZ), Eric (Amy) Prack (North Fairfield, OH), Mark Prack (Norwalk, OH), and sister Monica (Prack) Harty (Kenosha, WI); as well as several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
Nettie had a significant impact on nephew Chris Harty (Madison, WI) and niece Nicole Harty (Madison, WI).
“My first solo travel adventure was to visit you when I was 16, and my life has never been the same since. You have taught me so many things... you gave me a new and lasting perspective on life, taught me the importance of enjoying and relishing every moment of life, encouraging me to travel and experience the great outdoors, among so many others. You are the most selfless person I have had the pleasure to know. I miss you dearly.” - cmh
“Aunt Nettie, Your work with the Navajo and my experiences on the Rez with you are a large part of my desire to work with these populations, so I wouldn’t be doing this if not for you.” (Nicole will be attending graduate school with a focus on American Indian public health research and programming). - nmh
Nettie has spent the past 25+ years living in both Bluff, UT and Telluride, (Hastings Mesa) CO.
She was an avid bicyclist (mountain and road) and skier who reveled in living ‘off the grid’.
She has spent most of her adult life dedicating herself to bettering the lives of the Navajo.
From the George S and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation:
“The Montezuma Creek Community Health Center (is) in Utah’s remote Four Corners region. What began as the Diabetes Control Project for the area is today a thriving healthcare facility with dreams of doing even more. ‘We’re not just about dispensing pills here,’ says Nettie Prack, one of the center’s founders, ‘we’re about life and death.’”
Additionally, from the Arizona Daily Sun: “Since assuming management of the Montezuma Creek Community Health Center January 1, 2000, the Utah Navajo Health System has more than doubled the size of the clinic, added several new services and even helped slow an epidemic of diabetes on the tristate Navajo Indian Reservation. Nettie Prack, diabetes project director.”
Nettie will be dearly missed, not only by her family, but also by the countless others with whom she worked and lived. Friends’ comments followed a central theme of selflessness, dedication, energy, and as the one who threw the best summer solstice parties!