PATRICK WAYNE KLASNO (aka Dad, Grandpa, Poor O Pat, Uncle Pat, Chin Chin, PK), of Las Vegas, passed away January 9, 2019 at the age of 80. He had been battling lung cancer. He was born September 20, 1938, to Marguerite and Michael Klasno of Muskegon, MI.
Pat lived most of his life in Torrance, California and the last 20 years in Las Vegas. Pat went to the “School of Hard Knocks” and graduated with honors. At a very young age he discovered there was nothing he wouldn’t do to make a dime, waking up on school days, hoping to see snow so he could shovel driveways for 5 cents, to buying vegetables in bulk, trimming them down, going door to door and selling them for a small profit. Needless to say he had a superior knack for sales.
As an entrepreneur, his drive and ambition were realized ultimately through his self-owned company, King Plush, the largest stuffed animal company in the country. He sold King Plush to Kelly Toys and retired.
Pat’s true passion in life, was college and professional football and his first love, baseball. Although he had four daughters, who could care less for sports at the time, they did share in his passion for horse racing and he enjoyed taking them to Hollywood park, as young girls, on weekends to “play the ponies”.
Pat was a devoted father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. No matter what you needed, he was there. He would give you the shirt off his back and money to buy more. He loved to put a smile on your face but especially young children. Pat was the only man most people knew who could tell a joke, the exact same way, not changing a word, every time, year after year, in perfect character. He didn’t mind sharing his opinions, whether you agreed or not, then would exert tremendous amounts of energy trying to convince you why you were wrong. Pat’s zest for life and continuous positive attitude was immeasurable and will be missed by all who knew him.
Pat is survived by his daughters, Kimberly (Scott), Kristine (Jeff), Karlene, Kerri and his adoring grandchildren, Kassidy, Taylor, Kailey, Chaisen, Savannah, Lane, Camryn, Carter and his first great grandson to be born in February, in lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to support MD Anderson Cancer Institute, Houston, TX or the Ronald McDonald House, Houston, TX. Funeral Services will be held at Canyon Ridge Christian Church Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 4:00pm, reception to follow.