Kathleen Theresa Fagan
November 16, 1953 ~ May 12, 2017
A true friend, a lover of dogs and the outdoors, sports enthusiast – especially when it came to the Denver Broncos or college football – with an elephant’s memory.
Katey was born in Boulder, Colorado on November 16, 1953. Soon after, the family moved to the East coast where she got an Arts degree from Salisbury University in Maryland. Katey then headed back West, finally landing in South Lake Tahoe in 1974. She worked at Tep’s Villa Roma, then Raley’s , finally settling into a career as a realtor at Coldwell Banker McKinney.
Katey met Ben Fagan at the Amacker Ranch Rodeo, part of the famous Wagon Train, a few years after moving to South Lake. Their next meeting occurred while spinning the Wheel of Fortune at Lakeside Casino (previously Harvey’s Inn) – Katey won 2 free dinners and invited Ben to join her. Soon after, Ben took her sailing at Fallen Leaf Lake and the rest is history.
Ben and Katey were married in 1981 at St. Theresa’s Church followed by a great reception at Edgewood Golf Course. They created a beautiful home in Meyers where they raised their niece, nephew, and many dogs. She and Ben loved their daily dog-walks around the Tahoe Paradise Golf Course. Katey never forgot her family or friends and always made time for everyone who needed her. She looked forward to the yearly trips to Apple Hill in the fall and Daffodil Hill in the spring with her girlfriends.
She was an involved member of the community who spent her time and energy helping out at the Kiwanis Club, Meyer’s Community Planning, and her Women’s Investment Club. She is survived by her husband Ben, sisters Mary Ann and Madonna, her brother Thomas, and a multitude of nieces and nephews.
Katey’s funeral mass will be at the St. Theresa Catholic Church on June 10th at 2:30pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Kiwanis Club of South Lake Tahoe for the Spelling Bee or Coats for Kids. Address: PO Box 13364, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151