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Obituary for John Carpenter

John  Carpenter
Writer, John Van Carpenter
John Van Carpenter, 60, passed away at his Santa Fe home on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 after an illness. Born in Athens, Ohio to John Leon Carpenter and Leanore Maxine Stapp Carpenter, he was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He was interested while growing up in rock collecting, fishing, competitive swimming, playing baseball/basketball/football and socializing. He graduated from West Phoenix High School where he was senior class president, held the state record for most rushing yards as quarterback, and set a state record in breaststroke. John attended Harvard University on a full academic merit scholarship and graduated with honors in 1973. After earning his undergraduate degree, he returned to Arizona State University School of Law, and after passing the Bar, began a career as a lawyer. But, he decided to follow his passion and became a writer. He wrote poetry, fiction, short stories and novels and was known as a beautiful, imaginative writer with a great sense of characters and style. His writing continued throughout his life. In 2008 he was recognized with an International Award as a newly discovered author. John also worked as a teacher of creative writing at the university level and worked as an editor for other authors. But, his personally defined “best job” was being dad to “da boys,” his beloved sons, Ansel and Wyeth. John was preceded in death by his parents, and grandparents. He is survived by his two teen-aged sons, Ansel Fox Carpenter and Wyeth Fox Carpenter; sisters, Carole Carpenter, Bryn Carpenter Pavek, and Amy Carpenter; brother, Dana Carpenter; brother-in-law, Christopher Pavek, nieces, Sara Birkemeier and Cayla Carpenter, nephew Ryan Carpenter, two aunts, one uncle, and many cousins across the U.S. His marriages to Tannis Fox in 1987 and Catherine Johnson in 2003, both ended in divorce.

A memorial service and gathering were held on July 30, 2011 at the Rivera Family of Santa Fe Funeral Options Chapel, 417 E. Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM, 87505. The Carpenter family has entrusted their loved one to:

The Rivera Family of Santa Fe Funeral Options
(505) 989-7032

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