Laurent Louis Carrillo
July 11, 1931 ~ July 19, 2021
Lawrence Louis Carrillo, born July 11, 1931, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 19, 2021. He reached his 90th birthday a week ago and we, his family, are so honored to have had many wonderful experiences with this man. who loved everyone. . Our ‘Daddy’ was born in Globe, Arizona, to Jose Angel Carrillo and Alta Grace Sainz. He and his brother Joe and his sister Grace had a hard time in this small mining town during the Depression and WWII. But this family thrived with creative and collective ways of living with love and dignity when there were often cultural challenges and ethnic discrimination against them.
Our father joined the navy during the Korean War and served four honorable years. Upon graduation, he began a long educational journey by obtaining a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in education. Our father was a compassionate man who loved everyone, especially those of other races. He has been a teacher in the Ogden and Davis school districts, and an elementary and secondary school principal and cultural affairs administrator for the public schools in the town of Ogden.
After his retirement he returned to his love of teaching Spanish at Sunset Jr High, adding to his total of 52 years as an educator. Everywhere we went, we never got tired of passing students greeting him with “Hola, Senior Carrillo!” Our father received the “Hispanic Teacher of the Year” award in 2003 and he and our mother were invited to Washington, DC to meet Laura Bush and when she said goodbye to his cheek he told her that it was was almost enough to convert him from a Democrat to a Republican!
Our father joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of 28. He met our mother Leona Sherman shortly thereafter and they were married and sealed in the Mesa Arizona Temple. His ‘Lee’ preceded him in the death of seven months.
We have had a lot of wonderful people who have helped and loved us over the last few months of his life. We thank the Intermountain home and hospice staff and the loving and heroic service of its caregivers at Stonehenge of Ogden.
We, as well as our father, would like to thank Dr. Joseph Carrillo not only for being a wonderful and loving nephew and cousin, but also for contributing to our understanding of the best way to care for our father. Dad loved and was so proud of all of his nieces and nephews. Our love to Darrell and Sharlene Knight who are the last of this great generation.
Dad’s greatest joys were his family, and we know it and really feel it: Kelli Carrillo Weir (Rick), Kevin Carrillo (Julee), five exceptional grandchildren (and their companions) and eleven great grandchildren. Our daddy’s laughter, his sense of humor, his genuine love and his tenor voice will be missed more than anything.
Our family will be holding a small memorial service to honor him as we place him with our mother. If you have any memories or thoughts to express, we would love to read them. We feel a lot of peace and gratitude for the honorable legacy our parents left us.
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