Erling Melvin Flato, 92, of Clatskanie, died Monday, May 28, 2007, in Longview, Wash.

He was born Sept. 13, 1914, in Portland, to Toralf Merinius and Karen (Berg) Flato.

In 1933, he graduated from Wahkiakum High School in Cathlamet, Wash.

On Jan. 7, 1939, he married Esther Irma Kallunki. She survives, residing in Clatskanie.

Mr. Flato was a tug boat captain, piloting the Louie III from 1946 until his retirement in 1980.

He was a member of the Clatskanie Masonic Lodge No. 133 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and the Astoria Elks Lodge.

Family members said he enjoyed winters at his home in Yuma, Ariz., golfing and cycling.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Flato is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Gail Flato of Eugene and Tim and Mary Flato of Piedmont, Calif.; three grandchildren, Ali, Eric, and Russell Flato; and a brother, Ted Flato of Eatonville, Wash.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at Haakinson-Groulx Mortuary Chapel, 225 S.E. Third St. in Clatskanie. A service, also in the chapel, will follow.

Private interment will take place at Murray Hill Cemetery in Clatskanie.

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