Erick Robert Schat
1942 - 2021
Erick R. Schat came into this world September 12, 1942 he left to meet his maker October 4, 2021.
Our father made Bishop Calif his home for more than 64 years. He loved the Owens Valley and the mountains, so beautiful he would always say. His family emigrated from Utrecht Holland after World War II, Erick enrolled as a sophomore at BUHS speaking very little English. After he graduated, he decided to attend American Institute of Baking in Chicago, living at the YMCA for $1.80 a day. He wanted to learn about large scale production baking. He excelled. He brought his skills back to Bishop to work in the family business with his parents and brother Dan, sister Marion.
With the attitude "never give up" the Schat's built up a thriving bakery; which included a 60,000 sq. foot wholesale plant on Mandich Lane in Bishop selling their products to more than 2,000 markets in greater LA. Pretty sure Erick did not know the word "no" so they forged forward with the help of family, employees and friends to create a truly world renown landmark along the Eastern Sierra 395 corridor. His zest, bigger than life personality attracted many who got to know him from around the world. He would always say "I love the bakery; I want it to be like Disney Land, fun, fun, fun." His eye for merchandising, and his skill set as a world class baker, brought success to the family business, passing through Bishop all have to make a stop and see Erick's Bakkery. Lines out the door, his tag line "no biggy"
He is survived by six children, Paul Schat, Angel Schat, Aaron Schat, Yvette Richards Schat, Erick Schat, Anneke Elliott Schat. Shea Schat his wife of 35 years who was his partner and mother of 5 of his children, who worked harder than anyone to help in the family business. His sister Alida Vanovereen of Laguna Beach Calif., his brother Dan Schat of Hawaii, 22 grandchildren, cousin Piet from Huntsville Canada, numerous cousins from Zeist, and Utrecht Holland, 68 employees who saw him the most working alongside him for 30 plus years, and so many friends and business associates it would take up pages and pages to list their names.
He loved his bakery, and all who helped over the years to make it what it is today. A legacy is what we do during our life that continues on for generations to come. Erick's one of many tag lines "no biggy."
We will miss you and your zest for a truly never boring moment, infectious smile and willing to help people in the community.
I hope they like good bread in heaven.
Published by Inyo Register on Oct. 14, 2021.
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My sympathy goes to his family & coworkers. My family started to go camping every summer in Bridgeport, California since 1962 to present. We would stop @ Schat's Bakery every year. I love the cheese breads, chocolate covered macaroon cookies & pastries.
Mary Munoz
January 6, 2022
It was a sad day when I heard this last week from his ex wife. My sincere condolences to the family he left behind, and to his employees, who will surely miss him. It was heartwarming though to read this thoughtful tribute to his life. Spot on! l hold him dear in my heart, rest easy lieve vriend.
Adriaan Geurtsen
December 22, 2021
So much to say about Erick; he was a very kind, considerate and giving person to so many; it was a privilege to have worked with and for him in my years at the bakery in Mammoth Lakes, I considered Erick to be more than my employer, he was a dear friend; he, indeed, will be missed! May God grant comfort and peace to all of Erick´s family.
Judy Smith
October 22, 2021
Good bye, Eric.
Yvonne DeYoung Reynolds
October 15, 2021
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