......Carroll Leroy"Skeeter" Klatt....
                                   10-13-38....   3-24-10... Aged 71 years.... Scroll down for obituary..

        Summer 1953          Summer 1956      Sketter & Kathleen 1981

        Question??? Who carved his name in almost every desk in Jr. and High School....?

       1986 @ 30th           1991 @ 35th           2001 @ 45th


Carroll LeRoy "Skeeter" Klatt      (1938-2010)

   Beloved father, husband, grandfather, brother and friend died peacefully in his sleep March 24, 2010 in his home in Ferndale, CA, with his loving wife, Kathleen by his side. "Skeeter", as he was known all of his life, was born 71 years ago, October 13, 1938 on the kitchen table of a small South Dakota farm to proud parents, Eldon and Zepherine Klatt. The elder of two siblings, Skeeter was big brother to sister, Kay Charletta, and is survived by his two adult children, son, Michael and daughter, Jacy, for whom his love and pride had no bounds. He also loved and is very much loved by his five grandchildren, Emily, Cameron, Sean, Madison and Lindsey, by whom he will be very much missed. "Skeeter" was a dedicated newspaper pressman for 46 years, worked for a variety of newspapers across the country and in the process became an ardent union man who worked diligently to champion the cause of providing the working man with "a decent wage for an honest days work." Having migrated with his parents and sister from the plains of South Dakota to Hemet, CA, and then to South Gate, where he attended high school, he eventually moved to the warmth of Manhattan Beach, CA, where he lived for 35 years and cultivated his love of sailing and the sea prior to moving to Ferndale with his wife 5 years ago. Skeeter was an honest, uncompromising and generous man of high integrity who loved the sea, his music and his friends of which he had many who loved and will miss him greatly. Skeeter is best remembered for his infectious laughter and was known by his Japanese friends as "the man who laughs like thunder". He will also be remembered by many as "the palm tree man" for the numerous palm trees he planted all over the South Bay area. If Skeeter was to leave us anything, it would be his appreciation for the parallels between the open prairies of his native South Dakota and the vast and limitless ocean, his love of jazz music, specifically the song "Milestones" by Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley and "It's a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong, which he said reminded him of the town of Ferndale that he loved so well........

       Published in Daily Breeze on April 14, 2010










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