Katie Laverne Grannis
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GRANNIS, KATIE LAVERNE Katie LaVerne Grannis passed away December 3, 2008, in Carlsbad, California, with her husband of sixty-nine years, Leroy (Granny) Grannis, and her family by her side. Katie was born on September 23, 1919, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Iva Perkins and Edward A. Tracy. She had a sister Bette Tracy Finlayson, as well as a half-brother Ted Sizemore and a half-sister Ruth Sizemore Goodcell. The family moved to Southern California in 1923, and Katie grew up in Huntington Park, graduating from Huntington Park High School in 1938. In 1939, she married Leroy Frank Grannis. They had four children, Katie (Kit) Padilla, Frank Grannis, Nancy Grannis-Wiig, and John Grannis. They lived in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Hermosa Beach, until retiring to Carlsbad in 1978. From the early 1960's to the early 2000's, Katie and Granny travelled extensively nationally and internationally to photograph surfing and hang-gliding events, as well as to visit friends and family. Katie loved animals and children, and was very loyal to all of her old-time friends. She was a loving, devoted wife, mother, sister, and friend, loved and respected by everyone who knew her. She is survived by her husband, four children, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter, as well as her sister Bette and numerous relatives and friends. A private Burial was held on December 9th, in Redondo Beach. A Celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, December 28th, from 1 - 3 p.m., at the Harding Community Center auditorium, 3096 Harding Street, Carlsbad, CA.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Dec. 17, 2008.
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January 5, 2009

I am so saddened by your loss.

I had the pleasure of working with you for 2 weeks back in the early 1980's on a shoot in Sonora and Torrey Pines, and met you for dinner in 1984 while working the Olympics.

I remember how much you loved Katie (and how she put her foot down about no more hang gliding...) and her impact on your life.

I wish I could have met her...I know she was a jewel.

I will never forget our overnight trip from Sonora to La Jolla in your Mazda pickup.

My condolences and prayers to you and your family.

Take care, my friend,
Chuck Horn
December 26, 2008
Katie was like a second mom to me when I was young. I can still picture her standing on the front steps - watching me run home. She has filled my life with so many great memories, from when I was growing up.

I can still hear her voice calling us "little gremmies."

I am sorry that I will not be able to make the service. All of the love from my family to all of the Grannis family.

I have family obligations this weekend. Otherwise, I would be on the next flight to California.
Cormac Dorsey
December 18, 2008
Dear LeRoy and Family:

I will always remember Katie’s gracious welcome: her smile, her soft “Hi!” and her interest in my visit, regardless of the reason. Such a long, full life! I treasure my conversations with her. And we all treasure our memories of her.

My love and condolences to all.
Tara Lee Torburn
December 18, 2008
Leroy and Family,

My condolences on the passing of Katie. She was a wonderful loving person with a great since of humor. I've missed seeing her at breakfast on Friday mornings at the Beach Break and will continue to do so. My best wishes to all of you.
Jack Francis
December 18, 2008

So sorry to hear about Katie. You two were the most loving couple I've ever known.

Katie was so beautiful inside and out. You are a very fortunate man to have such a wonderful marriage for so long.

My heart is with you now. See you at the next breakfast at Beach Break Cafe.


Kevin Kinnear
Kevin Kinnear
December 18, 2008
Dear LeRoy, John and family,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Katie was an amazing person and I know she was loved by all who knew her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Andra Mendoza
December 18, 2008
dear Leroy and family,
our love and condolences to all of you.
your lives together exemplify a goal for us to try and live by. it does not get better than that! thank you Katie and Leroy.
love, mickey and peggy
mickey and peggy munoz
December 18, 2008
I am saddened at the loss of one who gave so much. My best to you, LeRoy, and may your fond and happy memories of Katie soon eclipse the sadness of her passing.
Steve and Sarah Angus
December 17, 2008
Dearest Leroy and Family,
We are so saddened by your loss, Katie was always so gracious and welcoming when we came to visit and bring you the Halibut steaks we know you enjoyed. We know she will be missed so much.
Our Condolences,
Diane and Donald Takayama
December 17, 2008
Leroy and family:

Our deepest sympathies and warmest Aloha as to to Katie's passing. You are in our thoughts more than you realize.

Aloha, Mark and Cindy Fragale
Mark Fragale
December 17, 2008
I'm glad my wife and I got to see Katie on her birthday this last Sept. Katie was a very sweet caring person and wife. She will be misssed dearly.
Lynn & Colleen Burnette
December 17, 2008
Dear Le Roy and family
It seems like I've known Katie forever . SHe was a wonderful and caring person and I know she will be missed
terribly ....
With Prayers and Love
Joanne Purpus Encinitas, California
Joanne Purpus
December 17, 2008
My heart goes out to you Leroy and your family in the loss of Katie. I have been thinking a lot about you lately. I wish I did not live on the east coast at times like this, as I would like show support in person, but please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Your friend;
Gary Roberts
Gary Roberts
December 17, 2008
In the short 6 years I've known Kate, she was always positive and open hearted. It was a blessing to have been touched by a wonderful soul!
December 17, 2008
Leroy and Family,

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Bob Frichtel
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