Longtime Sterling resident Carleton Walter Mallett died Monday, June 28, 2010 at Heritage Place in Soldotna with his family by his side. He was 90.
A Celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 11, 2010 at the Sterling Senior Center, Mile 82 of the Sterling Highway in Sterling. A gathering will follow at the center.
Mr. Mallett was born July 5, 1919 to Harry Everett and Lottie Leathorne in St. Louis, Mo. He moved to Alaska in 1982, living in Anchorage for a year until moving to Sterling. Mr. Mallett retired from the Perry Rubber in Massillon, Ohio. He was Santa Claus for many years, he was Mr. X Professional wrestler, and helped establish the Sterling Senior Center in Sterling. Mr. Mallett loved trains, wood working, fishing and sports.
His family wrote, "He was a master of all trades; he was our mentor and hero. Dad touched everyone he met. Many will remember sitting in his lap when he dressed up as Santa Claus at the mall. He never turned a lonely or hungry person away spite having to feed 8 other children. He will be deeply missed by all."
Mr. Mallett was preceded in death by his son, Carleton "Pete" Walter Malett Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Mallett of Sterling; sons, Brad "Butch" Mallett of Beach City, Ohio, Tim "Bones" Mallett of Canton, Ohio, Chris "Hippie" Mallett of Sterling, and Eric "Coco" Mallett of Sterling; daughters, Nita (Sis Mallett) Woodle, Jacqueline Rogers Jackie of Ohio and Melanie "Bo" Mallett of Massillon, Ohio; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, cousins and other family members.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Mr. Mallett to any Alaska USA or C/O Eric Mallett to Bank Account #1533927.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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