Louis Daniel Cataline
Louis Daniel Cataline
  • December 11, 1938 - March 5, 2017
  • Kingwood, Texas

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Lou Cataline passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 5, surrounded by his family. He was a man of strong ethics, values, and faith. His life will be marked and remembered by the practice of patience, achieving balance in all things, and the notion that "attitude is everything."

Lou was born on December 11, 1938 in Philadelphia to Albert and Rose Cataline of Tacony, PA, who preceded him in death. Growing up in Tacony, Lou found himself busy with all sports including football, basketball, and baseball - baseball quickly became his favorite and he played throughout his youth. He was fortunate enough to be drafted by the Washington Senators (now the Minnesota Twins). In his first training camp in Florida, he was able to meet and try out behind Harmon Killebrew for the job as Washington's third baseman. When the baseball dream was over, he returned home to focus on his education. Over the next several years, he attended both Temple University in Philadelphia and Rutgers University in neighboring New Jersey, in pursuit of a business degree. He also played softball for the next 20 years, many of them with the Flatiron Softball Team of Philadelphia.

After college, he embarked on a 40-year career in the oil industry. His first job was with Tidewater Oil in Philadelphia. He also worked for Getty Oil (Newark, Delaware, and Tulsa, OK) and Texaco and Chevron (Houston, TX). He started his career in payroll and accounting and ended his career leading Texaco's internal quality and process improvement initiatives. Lou retired in 1998 after Chevron bought Texaco. Immediately after moving to Texas and during the working years, Lou was a fixture on the youth baseball fields of Kingwood/Forest Cove, coaching Louie and Danny's baseball teams and passing on his experience to younger players. There were few things he loved more than this. After the boys moved into high school, he could be found in his spot in the stands or along the fence watching - he never missed a game or a chance to talk about it afterwards.

Retirement suited Lou well and he spent lots of time traveling with Danny's college baseball team and sightseeing along the way. Lou and Rene spent almost all their time together and loved going back East to visit family, exploring new casinos, and spending weeks at a time on their favorite beach in South Padre Island, TX. When the grandkids came, Lou became Pop Pop and he was very active in their lives. Whether it was hours on the playground, watching movies, babysitting, or taking them to the ice cream shop, he never missed a chance to spoil them. The grandkids will remember pop quizzes on state capitals, math problems, and round after round of spelling bees - and there was never a shortage of silly knock-knock jokes. Just as he did with Louie and Danny, Pop Pop could frequently be found at grandkids volleyball and basketball games, dance recitals, or in the stands cheering on Amy's Ft. Bend Austin High varsity volleyball team. He was a 30-year member of St. Martha's Catholic Church, served on the M.U.D. board in Kingwood, and volunteered annually with AARP to prepare taxes for Senior Citizens.

He is survived by his loving wife, Rene, to whom he was married for 43 years; sons Louie (Kelli) of Tomball and Danny (Amy) of Katy, and grandchildren Audrey, Sarah and Lucy of Tomball and Holly of Katy.

A Celebration of Lou's Life will take place on Saturday, March 25, at 3pm at Kingwood Funeral Home and will be followed by a reception.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please consider a charitable donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Kingwood/Forest Cove Baseball Association.