Corporal John James Prastio Sr.

Corporal John James Prastio Sr.

Corporal John James Prastio Sr.

ALTAMONT — Corporal John James Prastio Sr., 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines, retired, died peacefully at home on Sunday, April 11, 2021. He was 76.

A Vietnam veteran, he served in three tours and received three Purple Hearts. 

“His individual strength was immeasurable,” his family wrote in a tribute. “At 20, he was told he would never walk again due to battle wounds but with his determination and perseverance he walked. He didn’t stop there.

“Despite his constant pain, he never complained, woke up every day and did whatever it took to take care of his family. Throughout all of his health battles, he was a warrior and never gave up. He said, ‘As long as I feel the pain, I know I’m alive.’

“John was a standout of a father. He instilled his strength, determination, and wisdom into each of his children. He always put family first.

“John will be remembered by all for his monumental strength, utmost loyalty, and unique expressions.  He would not hesitate to speak his mind. John lived his life his way. He was selfless, inspiring, and one of a kind. Gone, but never forgotten.”


John James Prastio Sr. is survived by his children, James (Amy), John (Erin), Jennifer (Hossam), Joseph (Mikayla), Stephanie (Shane); by his 11 grandchildren: James, Destiny, Michael, Anthony, Giana, Lila, Bella, Yusef, Rocco, Gabriel, Adalyn; by his sister, Felicia Marino; and by several nieces and one nephew.

His daughter Nicole died before him, as did his sister, Marie, and his brother, Joseph.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, April 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Fredendall Funeral Home at 199 Main Street in Altamont. A graveside service will be held on Monday, April 19, at 12:30 p.m. at Saratoga National Cemetery at 200 Duell Road in Schuylerville.

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Memorial contributions may be made to the Albany Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave, Albany, NY 12208.

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