He is survived by his wife, Darla; two sons, Anthony "Tony" and his wife Charla of Ruidoso Downs, NM and Forrest "Frosty Sr." and his wife Jackie of Hobbs, NM; four grandchildren, Forrest Lathan Jr. and his wife Terra of Lubbock, TX, Ashleigh Morris and her husband, Michael of Lovington, NM; TJ and LaKendra Lathan of Ruidoso Downs; three great grandchildren, Camden and Gavin Lathan of Lubbock, TX and Gracie Morris of Lovington, NM; one sister, JoAnn Sanchez and her husband Albert Sr. of Scottsbluff, NE. He is preceded in death by one son, Curtis Lathan Jr., his parents and one infant brother.
He was a member of Ruidoso Downs First Baptist Church and a member of the local VFW. He entered the Air Force in June, 1954. He was assigned to Walker A.F.B. in Roswell where he met and married Darla Jo Counts. They celebrated their 53rd anniversary this past September.
Following his Air Force retirement July, 1974 they moved to Ruidoso. He received his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Education from ENMU. He taught in Littlefield, TX and Yuma, AZ before becoming Principal/Administrator of Ruidoso Christian School in 1988 until his retirement in June, 2001.
A memorial service will be Friday, December 17, at 1:30 PM in the Ruidoso Downs First Baptist. Cremation services is under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel of Ruidoso and condolences may be sent to the family at www.lagroneruidoso.com