Carl Lawrence Plante, 85, former competitive runner who participated in many marathons

Carl Lawrence Plante
Carl Lawrence Plante

Carl Lawrence Plante, 85, of Virginia Beach, passed away at home Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Carl was born Oct. 13, 1933, to Albert and Mary Agnes Van Buren Plante in Watertown, New York.

He graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy in 1951 and then served four years in the U.S. Navy. After his time in the U.S. Navy, he attended Clarkson College, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. Carl married Lucille “Louie” Reff on Oct .29, 1960. His work brought them to Norfolk in 1962, and they settled in Virginia Beach in 1966. Carl spent most of his career working for the Naval Air Warfare Center, Naval Training Systems Division, from which he retired in 1997. In his 40s, Carl took up running and competed in races from 5Ks to marathons, often placing in the top three of his age group. Carl was an active member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, where he attended until his health declined.

Carl is survived by his wife of 58 years; eight children, Laura (Jeff) White of Richmond, Martha (Jerry) Donoghue of Virginia Beach, Matthew (Shelley Nowacek) Plante of Virginia Beach, Julie (Scott) McDonough of South Riding, Angela (Darren Barnes) Plante of Fredericksburg, Karen (Roy) Alther of Virginia Beach, Philip (Lisa) Plante of Williamsburg, and Douglas (Marcelo Bernal) Plante of Atlanta, Georgia; 17 grandchildren; one brother, Joseph Plante of Watertown, New York; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. Carl was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Paul Plante and Albert Plante; infant twins, Daniel and Jenifer Plante; and one grandson, Andrew White.

The family will receive friends at noon, Friday, Jan. 18, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 712 Little Neck Road, Virginia Beach, where a memorial Mass will follow at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 712 Little Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23452; or Project Lifesaver, 2509 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456.

Share online condolences with the family at Cremation Society of Virginia.

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