Cathcart, J. Allen (June 19, 1923 - October 31, 2009)

J. Allen Cathcart

1923 - 2009

Douglas Budget - November 4, 2009

Funeral services for Allen Cathcart, 86, will be at 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel followed immediately by interment in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Visitation took place Nov. 3. The Rev. Frank Wiederrecht will officiate at the funeral services. A reception will follow the services at The Gathering Place, 805 E. Richards, Suite B, in Douglas.

Allen passed away at Memorial Hospital of Converse County on Oct. 31, 2009.

He was born in Casper June 19, 1923, the son of Dallas and Stella (Clark) Cathcart. When Allen was 2 years old, the family moved to a ranch near Basin where Allen's father was employed. He grew up in the Big Horn Basin, graduating from Basin High School in 1941.

After high school, he attempted to enlist in the military, but was refused for medical reasons. He went to Cheyenne, lived with his uncle, and worked on the construction of the Sinclair refinery. He once again attempted to enlist, but was again refused, so he took an opportunity to move to San Francisco with several family members to work as a ship fitter. He was employed there until the end of the war, when he returned to Wyoming.

On July 5, 1945, he married his sweetheart, Frances Doralena Morris, in Billings, Mont. After marriage, Allen began work as a field foreman for Woodruff seed mill. In 1955, he was transferred to Douglas as manager of the seed mill there. When the company was sold, he refused job offers from them in various parts of the country to remain in his beloved Wyoming.

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service and retired from that position in 1989 after 30 years of service.

After 54 years of marriage that produced four sons, Doralena passed away Nov. 5, 1999. She had been disabled for 30 years, and Allen faithfully cared for her until her death. In 2000, he was married to Clair Leethead, and they spent nearly 10 good years together.

Children were one of the greatest joys of his life. He spent many years coaching Little League baseball even after his own children had passed through the program. He led his teams to many state championships. He also enjoyed spending time at his cabin in Downey Park and following the Denver Broncos and Wyoming Cowboys. He was an active participant in the lives of his grandchildren. Everyone knew him as a kind and generous man, great father and super grandpa.

Allen is survived by his wife, Clair; sons, Jim (Terry) Cathcart, Bob Cathcart, Tim (Ginger) Cathcart and Marty (Janet) Cathcart, all of Douglas; sister Betty Cathcart of Thermopolis; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; one brother; and three sisters.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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