Franklin Roland Kattnig passed away on Sept. 14, 2012. Frank was born in Florence, Colo., on Dec. 11, 1942, and was one of six children of Pearl and Martin Kattnig.
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Frank graduated from Florence High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from Southern Colorado State College and his master's degree in education and counseling from New Mexico Highlands University. Frank had a lifelong love of reading, southwestern history, and lively conversation, and he always took time to learn about each person he met.
Frank taught in various schools in southern Colorado. He served a tour of duty in the Army. Frank lived for many years in San Francisco working at various jobs, including at teaching at a head start center. He returned to Colorado in the 1980s.
In 1984, he took a job as an English teacher at Tohatchi High School in Tohatchi, N.M. He later became a career counselor at Tohatchi High School and worked passionately to place many students in college. Frank worked at Tohatchi High School until 1999, and he always remembered fondly his time with the students, faculty, and people of Tohatchi.
After his retirement, Frank continued to influence the people around him with his unique knowledge of the people of the Southwest and his knowledge of literature.
Everyone he knew and the people he met in everyday life could not help but be drawn into conversations about his interest in reading, cooking, and history. He kept his family history alive with his stories about the past. We will all miss the warmth and richness he brought to our family.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Pearl and Martin, as well as his brothers, Paul and Martin Jr., and his sister, Katherine.
Frank is survived by his sisters, Mona Yellico of Canon City, Colo. and Juanita Schultz of Shelby, Mich., as well as many nieces and nephews. He was well loved by his family and friends and each day we will miss his intelligent and unique personality, but most of all his kindness.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Tohatchi, with a reception to follow at Tohatchi High School. Frank will be buried with his parents and there will be a graveside memorial service at 11 a.m. on Oct. 6 at Union Highland Cemetery near Florence, Colo.
Donations may be made to the Frank Kattnig Memorial Scholarship Fund at Tohatchi High School, by check made payable to Fern Spencer for the Frank Kattnig Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 248, Tohatchi, New Mexico 807325.
Condolences and comments can be made at Facebook.com/FrankKattnigMemorialPage.
Published in Las Vegas Optic on Sept. 21, 2012