Louis Mark Mannatt
Our dad, Louis Mark Mannatt, passed away in Southern Inyo Hospital Monday night, April 23, 2012. He was 89, yet still filled with a sense of adventure. Dad was quite a positive figure in the community and was loved very deeply by every family member.
He was born Feb. 6, 1923 in Alhambra, when the foothills were covered with grass that he could slide down in cardboard boxes. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942, during World War II. He became a prisoner of war in Russia and was discharged in 1945 with many stories to tell. He worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as an electrical engineer and moved up to the Owens Valley in 1949, where he could enjoy hunting and fishing. He met the love of his life, Bonnie, who worked in the secretarial pool. They married in 1950 and had a family of four children, Louis, Jr., Nancy, Thomas and Robert. We lived in a little cabin on the creek three miles West of Independence, and loved the simple life. Dad and Mom took us on many fine vacations, hunting and fishing trips and wild adventures. They carried on this love of nature and can-do attitude to all family members.
Dad lived a full life and smiled all the time. He gave great hugs. He was preceded in death by many family members, including Mom, but has many more descendants that will carry on his legacy of giving; sons, daughter, nieces, nephews, their spouses, grandkids and 13 great-grandkids.