Holcomb B. Latting Jr., aged 93, died peacefully on Aug. 1, 2014, at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Miramar Beach, Fla. "H.B" was born in Plant City, Fla. on the Feb. 21, 1921. He was educated in the public school system in Tulsa, Okla. After his graduation from Central High School, he attended Oklahoma State University, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.
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With the advent of World War II, he attended the Spartan School of Aeronautics where he earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He then served as a Captain and pilot in the U.S. Air Force during the war. He married Dr. June (Robertson) Trowbridge of Broken Arrow in 1948.
He started his long career with Douglas Aircraft Co. working at their plant in Tulsa, Okla. and at the same time finishing his interrupted law degree at the University of Tulsa night school earning his JD degree there in 1950.
Later, he was transferred to the company's operations in California where he became President of Douglas Real Estate Company. He retired from the McDonnell Douglas Co. in 1986.
He is survived by a son, Holcomb Bibb Latting III, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Kay (Trowbridge) Guffey; and a grandson, Will Guffey, of Eagle, Co.; and a sister, Virginia (Latting) Bayless, of London, England.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday Aug. 9, 2014 at the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin Air Force Base, 100 Museum Dr, Eglin AFB, FL 32542. Instead of flowers, please make a donation to the
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Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News from Aug. 6 to Aug. 8, 2014