CARL BANTA, SR. – Pleasanton Express

Carl Dee Banta, Sr., passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2022 in Pleasanton, surrounded by loved ones. He was born in San Antonio on December 7, 1961 to Chester and Mildred Banta. The Banta family is descended from several pioneer families in Texas, including the Haby, Hanson, Mergele, and Schertz families, as well as the Banta and Kellner families.

Carl has lived in several places including San Antonio, Leakey and many towns in West, Central and South Texas. In 1981, Carl graduated from Zephyr High School, Zephyr, Texas where he participated in football and the FFA. After graduation, he attended college at Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos and St. Phillip’s College, San Antonio, where he earned his HVAC technician certification and worked in that field until his retirement.

Carl served and was honorably discharged from the United States Army, where he served for three years, most of that time he was stationed at Fort Hood. He was completely comfortable outside. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and shooting sports. Carl was very proud of his gun collection and even reloaded a lot of his own ammunition. Once, while hunting, Carl shot a deer and missed. That’s when he knew it was time for cataract surgery.

Carl was also very talented and enjoyed working with leather craftsmanship, he was sought after by many due to his magnificent craftsmanship. While not crafting, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and was a beloved son, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend.

Shortly before Carl died, he became a Christian and now resides in his heavenly home.

Carl was predeceased by his parents, Chester Dee Banta and Ophelia Mildred (Kellner) Banta; son, Caleb Wayne Banta; and great-niece, Elizabeth Marie Ritchie.

He is survived by his sister, Karen Kay (Banta) Clarkson and her husband, Dannie Clarkson of Leming; sons, Carl Dee Banta, Jr. and wife Lacy Banta of Pleasanton, and Clinton Chester Banta and wife Kamilyn Banta of Lawson, Missouri; grandchildren, Colton Dee Banta, Ty Edmond Banta and Cyanna May Banta of Pleasanton and Derik Wendell Banta and Elizabeth Ann Banta of Lawson, Missouri; nephews, Daniel Wayne Clarkson of San Antonio and Matthew Dee Ritchie and wife Dana Ritchie of Montgomery; great-nephews, Christian James Sidler-Newey, Braedyn Wyatt Dee Ritchie and Payton Dewain Thomas Ritchie of Montgomery and Eric Riegel and Shawn Riegel; longtime friends Wendell Willbourn of Hamilton, Jim Weathers of Brownwood and Sam Weathers of Devine; as well as a host of good friends and family, including many, many hunting and fishing cousins ​​and buddies.

Visitation for Mr. Banta was held on Sunday, September 25, 2022, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Hurley Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Monday, September 26, 2022, at 12 p.m. at Cypress Creek Cemetery in Leakey, located on Cypress Creek Road off U.S. Highway 83.

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