Michael L. Katon, 81, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Michael L. Katon, 81, of River Bend Drive East, town of LeRay, passed away April 27, 2023, at Samaritan Keep Home, Watertown.

Born Oct. 8, 1941, in Perrysburg, Ohio, son of Jack K. and Marjorie (Cross) Katon, he graduated in 1959 from Grand Rapids High School. He received his Masters from Bowling Green University in 1967 and in 1990 received his Masters in Educational Administration from St. Lawrence University.

Michael came to Watertown in 1967.

He serviced in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged.

On Feb. 17, 1979, he married Mary Jo Martin at their home on River Bend Drive East. The marriage was blessed at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in October of 1979.

In 2004, he retired from the Physical Education Department of the Watertown City School District.

Michael was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church. He was a former Elk, an honorary member of the Rainbow Rod and Gun Club and a member of the NYS United Teachers.

Surviving besides his wife, Mary Jo, are a brother, Richard W. Katon, Hillsdale, MI, several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.

A brother, Jack Katon, and a sister, Sharon Conrad, both died before him.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 1, at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A prayer service will be 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 2, at the funeral home followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Reverend Michael Gaffney officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery with
military honors

Contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 320 W. Lynn St., Watertown, NY 13601 or to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.

Online condolences may be made to www.dlcalarco.com