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Bradford (Brad) Pretti was born to Ethel (Betty) and Joseph Pretti on October 11, 1930 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. At an early age the family lived on the Wind River Reservation at St. Michael’s Episcopal Mission. At school age, the family returned to Glenwood Springs where he graduated high school. He continued his education at the University of Colorado, graduating in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Economics. He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.
Brad moved to Roswell in 1960 and joined RBS Insurance. Brad was associated with RBS from 1960 to 1992 and became president in 1974. Brad’s long-time partner, King Redd, afforded him the opportunity to “give back” to the community. King was very supportive of Brad’s volunteer work in Roswell and within the Episcopal Church.
Brad was involved with the Episcopal Church in Roswell and the Diocese of the Rio Grande, serving St. Thomas a’Becket and St. Andrew’s as vestryman and Senior Warden. He was also a member of St. Andrew’s Foundation Board. Brad served as president of the Diocese of the Rio Grande Standing Committee for two terms. He also chaired Venture in Mission, was on the Episcopal Relief and Development Board, and was a delegate and chair of the diocese’s delegation to General Convention for two terms. Brad was named to the Who’s Who in Religion in 1985.
Brad loved his Colorado Buffalos and Denver Broncos. He received the Living Legends award for football at the University of Colorado in 1999.
Brad loved his God, his family and community. His love of history and travel led to writing religious and science fiction articles and stories. As an avid bridge player, he became a member of the American Contract Bridge League and past president of the Pecos Valley Chapter and attended many tournaments. He even played against the actor Omar Sharif. Everyone liked playing with or against Brad because he never became upset with their playing, only his own.
Brad’s community service included president and treasurer of North Springs HOA, founding member of Chaves County Health and Hospice Services and member and past president of the United Way and Assurance Home Board and Foundation. He also served as past president of the Chamber of Commerce, Redcoats, RMAC Foundation and Board, Artist in Residence Foundation and Board, and was a founding member of Leadership Roswell that honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 from Leadership Alumni Association. Brad was named in the 1992 edition of Who’s Who in America.
Preceding Brad in death were his parents to Ethel (Betty) and Joseph Pretti; son, Bradford J Pretti, II; brother, Dennis Pretti; and sister-in-law Joanne Rose.
Brad’s survivors include his wife of 43 year years, Sally; his daughters Kristi (John) Micander; Terri (Bill) Brownson and Holli (Roger) Mullins; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Peggy Pretti; brother-in-law Harry Rose; sister-in-law Carol (Ray) Bianchi, two nephews and 6 great grandnieces and nephews, as well as many friends.
In lieu of flowers or food, memorial gifts may be made for Brad to the Assurance Home, 1000 E 18th Street, Roswell 88201 or the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, 409 E. College, Roswell 88201.
A special thank you to the staff in all departments of Lovelace Regional Hospital and to Lori Lopez who was the sunshine in his life.
A celebration of Brad’s life will be held on March 17, 2018. Inurnment 9:00 A.M. at South Park Cemetery. A memorial service 10:00 A.M. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 5th and Pennsylvania, with Father Dale Plummer and the Rev. Benjamin Rose officiating. A reception will be held after the service in the St. Andrew’s Parish Hall.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.