Prize Merchandise Innovator Pat Klasno Dies; Founded King Plush

Posted On: 1/18/2019

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LAS VEGAS -- Patrick Wayne (Pat) Klasno died here on Jan. 9 at the age of 80.

Klasno, born in Muskegon, MI, spent most of his life in the Torrance, CA, area. Remembered as an inspired salesman and entrepreneur, Klasno founded King Plush (Carson, CA) during the rebirth of the crane game, a classic arcade design that had gone into eclipse in 1951 when a federal law banned their transportation.

Changes to the law and to the design of the games enabled a revival of the category, and Klasno developed great enthusiasm for the coin-op business. He built King Plush into what became the largest stuffed-animal company in the U.S. before selling it to Kellytoy (Los Angeles, CA) and retiring to Las Vegas.

He is survived by daughters Kimberly (Scott), Kristine (Jeff), Karlene, and Kerri; grandchildren Kassidy, Taylor, Kailey, Chaisen, Savannah, Lane, Camryn and Carter. A great-grandson is due in February.

Funeral Services will be held at Canyon Ridge Christian Church on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the MD Anderson Cancer Institute (Houston) or the Ronald McDonald House (Houston).