Gabriel Blattner was born Dec. 3, 1972, to Frank and Virginia Blattner and departed this life on Jan. 20, 2013, due to natural causes.
While growing up, Gabe was a precocious and mischievous little boy who always kept his parents on their toes. He was a black belt at a very early age competing in numerous tournaments and an accomplished dirt bike and motocross racer while in his early teens. Gabe graduated from Bryan High School in Bryan, Texas, upon which he served 4 years in the US Navy
and attended Blinn College after his release from the Navy. Gabe lived in many states but ultimately settled in Rogers, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John D. Carr, Sr. and Inez Virginia Carr; his parents, Major Frank J. Blattner, USAF (Ret.) and Virginia Inez Blattner; and aunt, Joyce Gail Carr.
Gabe was an avid outdoorsman who loved to camp, fish and hunt, especially with his best friend Anthony Breazeal.
Gabe is survived by his uncle, John D. Carr, Jr., Edmond, Okla.; cousin, Shelia Carr; and her daughter, Aubrei Woods, Bryan, Texas; cousin, Brodie Carr, Edmond, Okla.; his "adopted" family, the Breazeal's; ex-wife, Nicole Rogers; former fiancée, Shannon Carpenter; and sister, Toby Woodson and family. Gabe also leaves behind his 2 beloved and treasured cats, Archie and Blue.
We will all miss him and cherish our memories of Gabe.
Memorial services were held Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Stockdale-Moody Funeral Chapel, Rogers, Ark.