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Eugene Latter - September 18, 2011


Eugene (Gene) Herman Latter, 89, died Sept. 18, 2011.
Gene was born May 9, 1922, on the family farm to Hulda and Fredrick Latter. He was the youngest of five sons and outlived his brothers, Fredrick, George, Thomas and Fay.
He attended the one-room country school outside of Minden from first to sixth grade and attended high school in Minden.
After graduating high school, he farmed with his father until World War II when he was told he would be drafted. At that time, he joined his brothers, Fredrick and Fay in San Francisco, Calif.
He worked at the shipyard in San Francisco until he received his draft notice. He joined the Navy in 1943, was sent to boot camp in Farragut, Idaho and was later sent to Seattle, Wash. He was stationed as a radioman in Bremerton, Wash., until he was honorably discharged in 1946 with a rank of Radioman 3rd Class.
He returned to San Francisco where he worked during the day, school in the evenings, and worked as a waiter at the Rathskeller Restaurant on weekends.
He met his wife, Georgenia Sutton in San Francisco in 1949.
Georgenia’s sister, Kay Harper was married to a classmate of Gene’s from Minden and they arranged a blind date. Gene and Georgenia were married on July 7, 1951. They both continued to work and Gene kept his weekend job at the Rathskeller Restaurant.
In 1955, he opened Latter Manufacturing at 73 Ritch Street in San Francisco. The business was later moved to 558 Bryant Street, San Francisco. He patented the Latter Pipe and Tube Welder which was sold worldwide. He retired in 1984.
In 1968 he became a Mason, joining Golden Gate Lodge, now Golden Gate Speramza Lodge. He belonged to the Scottish Rite, Asiya Shrine, Shrine Patrol and the Jesters. His Masonry and his many Masonic friends were a very important part of his life.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Georgenia, and children, Eric, Gina, Frederick Latter and wife, Lisa; stepdaughter, Cherie Sandoval and husband, Paul, and their children, Nichol, Michele and Michael; granddaughters, Jolene, Katherine Patterson and husband, Richie and grandson, Sutton; great-grandchildren, Johnathan, Alexandra and Rebecca; nephews, George, Thomas and wife, Beth, and Richard Latter and wife, Freda; niece, Patricia Mead and husband, Dave; and many cousins.
He kept in touch with his family calling them on their birthdays and holidays.