John Carpenter
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Condolence From: Fred Hanley
Condolence: John was one of the finest students we ever had at West High School in Phoenix. I often think of him and all that he meant to the class of 1969. His mother and I taught in the Phoenix Union High School District for years and she always expressed such pride in John. When Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968, John and I sat in the Quad for a long, long time talking about so much that was happening during that momentous time. He made my teaching such a rewarding experience. My sincere condolences go out to his family, especially Carole whom I also knew from West.
Sunday August 14, 2011
Condolence From: Sam Insana
Condolence: I knew John in High School. He was very intelligent, good looking, and a great athlete. I was sorry to hear of his passing. I wish his family the very best.
Friday August 12, 2011
Condolence From: Mona O'Connell Smith
Condolence: Please accept my condolences at the passing of John. As a member of a younger class of West High students, I always admired his athletic abilities and quick mind. Then to my delight, I actually "spent time" with John on a social level and came to know him better. He was one of the sharpest minds I had ever met, with a quick wit and a vocabulary to match. I met him when his writing was becoming a real focus and passion, so am happy to read that it truly gave him many hours and years of satisfaction. Please accept my condolences at the passing of a truly talented man. It was my pleasure to have known him and his numerous gifts. Mona O'Connell Smith - West High '74
Wednesday August 10, 2011
Condolence From: Jim Irvine
Condolence: Dear Family, I wish you all the best during this time. I am saddened to hear about John's passing. I have not seen John since high school days but was able to keep up with his life through his mother during my time in the Phx Union district. I played basketball with John and always admired his free spirit and intensity, he was a team leader and admired by all. He will always be part of my life experience and remembered. Take care during these difficult times. Jim
Sunday August 07, 2011
Condolence From: Ralph Hughes and Susan Hamel
Condolence: Our hearts were filled with sadness when we read today of John's passing. Our memories are, and will always be, of a kind and considerate soul. Please accept our deepest condolences.
Sunday August 07, 2011
Condolence From: Charles E. Cross
Condolence: Dear Family, I am terribly saddened to hear of John's passing. I was a classmate of John's in high school and have wonderful memories of those days, indeed. My favorite images of the boy I knew as John revolve around his athletic abilities, of course. As our school mascot, Thor Thunderbird, while most might have thought my attention was solely focused on the spirit can, I actually spent a good deal of time with the dynamics of the game...especially football. I have a most vivid recollection of John's face, behind his helmet, as he backed out of the pocket in search of a receiver. There was a focus in his eyes, blue as they were, and gait in his movement that was as consistent and clear as his thinking. John was a young man with charisma and a softness to his character that made it easy to be his friend. Senior Bash, along side of Mickie; in the pool; studying in the library; class political issues; all of these memories and a thousand more I will rely upon to remember John in wonderful ways. It is difficult to imagine my experience as a young man without John's influence. I was proud for John to hear of his accomplishments in school and paths he followed in life; his choice to follow his passion; his capacity to love; and the product of his love in his two sons. His role as a father is one I admire and truly envy. There is a passage that I have relied upon over the years by the author, David Viscott, from his book, "How To Live With Another Person". It is this: "What is it to be a person if it is not to see and feel a world that no one else sees or feels but you, to be a world unto yourself that exists only as long as you do? Who sees your world or knows how the color of your sadness changes the sunsets? Who sees the part of you that smiles on yourself, that fills you with love and makes the people in your world smile back?" I believe that John might have lived this kind of life and so would like to honor his life by sharing this with you now. God bless your family at this time and always... "If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give." (George McDonald) With my sincere regards, Charlie Cross Class of '69'
Friday July 29, 2011

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