Verdon Flattum, 79, of Palm Desert, Calif., died on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

He was born March 18, 1935, in Lanesboro to Gynther and Lillian Flattum.

He attended Lanesboro Schools where he played tenor sax and the clarinet. He graduated in 1952.

He enrolled in the Army where he played in the Army Band.

He married Karlene Anderson in Chatfield in 1961, they moved to California and had one son, Stuart. They later divorced.

He returned to Minnesota and attended Mankato State University where he played in the Mankato State Band and received his Bachelors Degree in Library Science. He also received his Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He worked at Glendale Public Library until his retirement in 1965.

He was a professional musician and played with many jazz bands in Los Angeles and Palm Desert until 2009 when his health began to deteriorate.

He married Marlene Raner Kirkham in Los Angeles April 27, 1974. She accompanied him to his many gigs.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene; two stepchildren; his son; five grandchildren and his brother, Darrel (Karen) Flattum of Rochester and nieces, Tamera Mensink, Pam Flattum and Vicki Darling and nephew, Mitchell Flattum.

Two grandchildren preceded him in death. His body was cremated and will be buried in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

A jazz Celebration of Life for him will be held April 26, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Palm Desert Greens Country Club in Palm Desert, Calif.