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Petaluma Leghorn

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.


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