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John Alan Latta
July 12, 1946 ~ January 30, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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John Alan Latta passed away January 30, 2024 at the age of 77 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, GA. John was born and raised in Lone Tree, Iowa, graduating as valedictorian from the only school in Lone Tree. He and his Dad were active in the Boy Scouts with John achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He played on the football team. John graduated from the University of Iowa with a Masters of Rehabilitation Counseling. He later received a Certificate in Governmental Administration from Georgia State University. John had a successful career in the field of rehabilitation working as a counselor, supervisor, staff development and training specialist and leadership development coordinator in the states of Tennessee and Georgia. He also worked as the Assistant Director for RRCEP for Administration and Management at Georgia State University and the Director of the Tennessee School for the Deaf in Nashville, Tennessee.
John was preceded in death by
Helen Eden Latta, Mother
Floyd Alan Latta, Father
Monique Latta Stewart, Daughter
He is survived by
Wanda Gibbs Latta, Wife, Athens, Georgia
Jeanne Todd, Coralville, Iowa
Sue Elthon (Ray), Iowa City, Iowa
Arden Latta (Becky), Lone Tree, Iowa
Tanya McCaskill (Wesley), Cedar Hill, Tennessee
Joe Schull (Kerri), Bogart, Georgia
Josh Latta, Athens, Georgia
Haley Holt (Brandon) Riley, Brady and Savannah Holt, Adams, Tennessee
Donovan McCaskill, Nashville, Tennessee
Olivia and Elaina McCaskill, Cedar Hill, Tennessee
Gracie and Jack Schull, Bogart Georgia
Courtney Wix, Micah Wix, Shelbyville, Tennessee
John served in the US Army during the Vietnam Era being commissioned in 1968. In 1996 he joined the US Army Reserves starting out in Fort Riley, Kansas with the First Infantry Division. He later served with the 335 Signal Command in Atlanta. He retired from the Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel with the Unit in Chamblee, Georgia teaching Commanding General Staff College.
John wrote a book “A Thousand Letters Away, One Man’s War” based on letters exchanged by his Mother and Father during World War II.