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Jack Carpenter

Posted 2017-07-15 by mhenderson
Today's News-Herald, Lake Havasu City, AZ
>>> Published on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 <<<

Jack Carpenter, 91, died July 2, 2017.

He was born Feb. 21, 1926 in a birthing house in Oceanside,
California, the son of Adolph and Thelma (Lawrence) Carpenter.

Jack spent his first 18 years between San Francisco and Oceanside,
graduating from high school June 6, 1944. He immediately left for
boot camp at Coronado. Jacked loved the water, so he picked the
Navy. He spent his Navy years 1944-1946 in the Pacific Theater.
After that, he lived in Oceanside and moved to 29 Palms in 1953.

Jack worked as a surveyor on the base and had a muffler shop in
town. He had five children with his wife Jeannie: Kim, Tracy, Laura,
Kevin, and Amy.

In 1963, Jack and Ethel married and Ethel’s three children took the
name of Carpenter. They are Maryann (Carpenter) Moore, Paul Firth
Carpenter and James Edward Carpenter. Jack and Ethel have 14
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He loved fast cars, boats and planes and owned many of all three.
Jack was a founding member of the Oilers car club of Carlsbad, the
Flames car club of 29 Palms and a 23-year member of Relics & Rods.

On June 6, while driving home from Smith’s, Jack went into cardiac
arrest while behind the wheel. Thank you to the man who started CPR,
nurse practitioner Chris and paramedics for bringing him back and
giving Jack 25 more days with his soulmate Ethel.

Jack also left behind his beloved brother Danny Garrigan (Dennis
Adair) whom he raised from infancy with their mother Thelma. Bowling
was a huge love. On the day Ethel purchased a walker for him, he
bowled a 268 scratch at age 89.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Havasu and the Polidori
House for the greatest end-of-life care. In lieu of flowers, please
donate to Hospice of Havasu and the Polidori House.

Jack’s service is 1 p.m., July 22 at Hilltop Community Church. A
reception follows at the Aquatic Center’s Relics & Rods Room.

Services were placed in the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home.
Thoughts and condolences can be made to the family at www.lietz- To send the family a free card, go to

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