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A retired employee of Formosa Plastics and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, at Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans.
He was 65 and a native of Melville. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was stationed on the USS Lake Champlain aircraft carrier and was on board when the ship picked up the first American astronaut in the Atlantic.
Visiting at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Visiting at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church from 9 a.m. until religious service at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interment in Port Hudson National Cemetery.
Survived by his wife, Rita Dugas Latino of Opelousas; mother, Lavonia Latino; a daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Troy Tynes; a son and daughter-in-law, Jason Nolan Latino and Laura Latino; two sisters, Lucy Edwards and Karen Mulkey; a brother, Joseph Latino; five grandchildren, Lyle, Anne Marie and Stephanie Tynes and Bryce and Colby Latino; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his father, John Latino; and a nephew, Michael Edwards. Pallbearers will be Randy Mulkey, Justin Mulkey, Troy Tynes, Aaron Dugas, Kelly Edwards and Ryan Roy. Honorary pallbearers are Charles Dugas and Joseph Latino.
He was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church.

Named for author Herman Melville
Population 2000: 1,376
Metro area: Lafayette
Latitude: 30.692N
Longitude: -91.743W
Time zone: Central Daylight Saving

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