Warren F. “Doc” Katen
Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 2:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 2:39 p.m.
Involved in the printing business for more than 40 years, Warren F. “Doc” Katen owned and operated Marin Graphics for about 25 years.
Mr. Katen died of lung cancer at his Petaluma home on April 21, 2013. He was 80.
A lifelong resident of Sonoma County, Mr. Katen was born in Santa Rosa and lived all of his life in Petaluma. He served in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Katen also played on the Petaluma Leghorns football team during the 1950s.
“He was a very happy person who enjoyed life and liked to joke around quite a bit,” said his son, Matt Katen of Livermore. “He had a good sense of humor, but was also a hard worker who liked doing manual labor. He was chopping wood and splitting logs up until the end.”
Mr. Katen took printing classes in high school and entered into the industry as a lifelong career. He had a couple of different employers before going into business for himself with Marin Graphics.
He was very involed with Native Sons of the Golden West, where he has been a member of Nicasio Parlor No. 183 since 1977. He was a past Grand Trustee and chaired the Nicasio Parlor scholarship program.
“I believe he started that program from its infancy and developed it into a self-sustatining program,” said Matt.
An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Katen loved hunting, fishing and gardening. Matt said he was on a quest to hunt for and get an elk. He and Matt were planning to go on a hunting trip in Montana in hopes of achieving that goal, but his condition recently took a turn for the worse.
Mr. Katen also belonged to the Petaluma Outdoorsman, Sons in Retirement No. 100 and the Walker Creek Deer Club. He was a fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49'ers.
“The way I remember him is that he was so much fun,” said Matt. “He was very kind.”
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia Katen; children, Matt Katen of Livermore and Vicki Mello of Santa Rosa; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Josephine Graham of Petaluma, who is 100 years old. He was predeceased by his father, Fred Katen.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at Parent-Sorensen Mortuary & Crematory, 850 Keokuk St., Petaluma, with the vigil service being held at 7 p.m.
Family and friends are also invited to the funeral liturgy at 11 a.m. Friday, April 26 at the mortuary.
The family prefer memorials be made to the Nicasio Parlor No. 183 NSGW Scholarship Fund, c/o Sterling Dabner, 1248 Kresky Way, Petaluma, 94952 or to a favorite charity.
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