Jon Michael Prescott Ph D.
DeKalb, IL – Jon Michael Prescott Ph D. (Mike) age 68 of DeKalb, IL, died on Monday June 2, 2008 in the comfort of his home. Born on June 17, 1939 in Amarillo, TX, he was the son of Clarence and Zeta (Keller) Prescott.
Mike was married to Semra Prescott on June 27, 1974 in Ankara, Turkey. He was a dedicated scientist and researcher with a love for things that grow, world travel and fine cuisine. Mike spent the early years of his life in Texas where he learned the value of hard work on the family ranch. He served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Eldorado as a fire control technician (1960-62). Mike went on to obtain his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State in Horticulture (1965); Masters Degree in Plant Pathology (1967); and Ph D. in Plant Pathology with a minor in Plant Breeding & Genetics from the University of Minnesota (1969). He moved to New Delhi, India in 1969 to establish the Indian Disease Surveillance Program with the Rockefeller Foundation. Mike relocated to Ankara, Turkey in 1971 serving as International coordinator of the Regional Disease Surveillance Project in 54 developing nations. Mike traveled the world improving crop disease resistance in developing nations to better sustain human population. In 1982, Mike and his family relocated to Mexico City, Mexico where he served as the Seed Health Officer and Head of the Wheat Pathology Program. After nearly 20 years abroad, Mike & family relocated to DeKalb, IL (1987) where he retired as Director of Intl Technical Services for DeKalb Genetics Corp/Monsanto (1999). Mike was a member of the American Phytopathological Society, American Society of Agronomy, Indian Phytopathological Society, Turkish Phytopathological Society, Sigma Xi and Gamma Sigma Delta Fraternities. He authored and co-authored 42 professional publications. Mike enjoyed gardening and helping others as an Illinois Master Gardener in retirement.
Survivors include: wife: Semra of DeKalb, children: Jon Prescott Jr (Chris) of Richmond VA, Jeffrey Prescott (Anabeth) of NJ, Brian Prescott (Michele) of Plainfield IL. grandchildren: Jackson, Harmony, Nathan, Natalie. Preceded in death by: parents
Funeral service and burial will be held on Friday June 6, 2008 at 11:00am in Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb with Father Kenneth Anderson officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday June 5, 2008 from 4:00PM till 7:00PM in the Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to TAWSF (in memorial of the J.M. Prescott Scholarship Fund). To send an online condolence visit: www.ronanmoorefinch.com. Arrangements were entrusted to: Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home 310 Oak St. DeKalb, IL, 60115 (815)758-3841.
Visitation will be held on Thursday June 5, 2008 from 4:00PM till 7:00PM in the Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home.
Funeral service and burial will be held on Friday June 6, 2008 at 11:00am in Fairview Park Cemetery with Father Kenneth Anderson officiating.
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