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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:00 pm

An 80-year-old Bandera man was killed on Wednesday, June 19, when he got pinned under a shredding machine he had been using to cut a field between Bandera and Medina, Bandera County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Matt King said.

King identified the man as Clifford L. Prater of Bandera.

It was unknown if Prater got off the tractor that was pulling the shredder in the 400 block of Horseshoe Bend or fell off the tractor.  Somehow, he got pinned under the shredder and died before noon on June 19, King said.

The chief deputy said Prater’s son, who was cutting another field nearby, found the body.  The son had not been working close enough to his father to see what happened, King said.

The field the elder Prater was cutting was on the back side of Camp Bandina, a Christian youth camp at 320 Bandera Ranch Road, but King was not certain if the victim was working for the camp at the time of the accident.

An obituary for Prater on the Grimes Funeral Chapels website said he was born in Houston in 1938, but he and his wife Marilyn had lived in Bandera since 2000.

Prater was a U.S. Navy veteran who served as a house parent at the Medina Children’s Home from 1969-1980 and was a faithful member of the Church of Christ, the obituary said.  He had been a deacon and elder in both Port Lavaca and Medina.

A memorial service for Prater was held on Sunday, June 23, at the Bandera Church of Christ.  The obituary said those who desired were encouraged to make gifts to the Bandina Christian youth camp.

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