DECEMBER 21, 1948 - MARCH 26, 2022
Kenneth Paul (“Kenny”) Carr passed away on March 26, 2022, at his home in Castella. Supporting him in his final hours were his wife, Mona Carr, and his four adult sons -- Paul, Miller, James, and Patrick. His passing culminated a continuous and challenging struggle with cancer over the past two years.
A fourth generation Shasta County native, Ken was born in Redding on December 21st, 1948, the fourth child of Laurence and Marie Carr. He attended local parochial and public schools in the Redding area, and graduated from Shasta Union High School in the Class of 1967. He played basketball and golf at Shasta High, and later played college golf in 1968 at Utah State University. Ken attended several community colleges and four-year universities, eventually earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Jose State University in 1976, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento in 1989.
Throughout his post-secondary years, Ken was adamantly against the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1972, under substantial government pressure to register for possible military duty, Ken enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was assigned to an artillery unit in Northern Bavaria, near the Czech border. Before he finished his term in Europe, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for a program he headed up to educate GI’s on drug and alcohol abuse. After his discharge from active duty in 1974, Ken resumed his studies toward a degree from San Jose State. It was also during the ensuing 1974-75 interlude that he married his first wife, Ginger Freeman. The couple had three sons: Paul, Miller, and James.
After graduating from San Jose State, Ken worked with a law firm in Los Gatos. In 1981, he returned to Redding and was hired at the CPA firm of Greenwell, Gandy, Scott & Tollefson.
Ken also harbored political ambitions to engage in local public service. In 1982, he ran for Shasta County Clerk. While he ultimately waged an unsuccessful campaign in a five-candidate field, he would graciously later observe “…We gave it a good shot…They ran a good campaign…”
After obtaining his law degree, Ken was hired at Shasta College to fill an opening in the legal assistant program in 1990. In 1995, Shasta College history professor Scott Carter needed someone to take over his class load while he recovered from a broken leg, Ken assumed the load and continued teaching history at Shasta College into the new millennium. He was a gifted storyteller, and many of his students appreciated Ken’s talent of bringing history to life.
In 1993, Ken and Mona Toms Carr were married in Redding, and took up residence in a riverside cabin in Castella. Later, Ken and Mona welcomed a son, Patrick Joseph Carr, into the world. Ken was active in his community, serving on both the local elementary school board and fire board.
Ken’s charm, dramatic vocal capacity, athletically-gifted golfing prowess, and his fly-trap intellect and memory have acquitted him well as a truly memorable personality over his 73 years on this earth. He was devoted to his family, his community and the game of golf. Ken was preceded in death by: his parents, Laurence Carr and Marie Kohn Carr of Anderson, and his older brother Thomas “Tom” (Judy) Carr of Puyallup, WA. He is survived by wife Mona, sons Paul (Danielle) Carr of Redding, Miller (Renee) Carr of Mt. Shasta, James (Megan) Carr of Seattle, and Patrick Carr of Ogden, UT. He leaves behind brothers and sisters: Patrick (Kathleen) of Cottonwood; Maureen (Bill) Morrison of Monterey; Phillip (Jackie) of Redding; Theresa Carr (LTC, USAR Ret.) of Coupeville WA; Brian (Helene) Carr of Lincoln; John (Lisa) of Rocklin; and Jeffrey (Jeanne-Marie) Carr of Anderson, as well as sisters-in-law Susan Rayner and Leona Nestelroad. He also leaves behind five grandchildren.
Please join our family and friends in a Celebration of Life, Thursday, July 7th from 12 p.m. to 3:00pm at the Redding Elks Lodge, 250 Elk Drive, Redding, CA. Donations in Ken’s memory can be made to the Castella Fire Department, P.O. Box 130, Castella, CA 96017
Posted online on May 29, 2022
Published in Mount Shasta Herald