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MSGT, Warren Sanford Carman, U.S. Air Force, Ret.
Warren Sanford Carman, age 73 of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away on Friday July 23, 2021 at the Community Hospice, Jane and Bill Warner Center for Caring.
Warren was born on August 10, 1947 in Freeport, NY to the late Sanford George Carman and Aura Myrtle Himes. He grew up in Freeport and graduated from Baldwin High School in 1966.
After graduation Warren joined the United States Air Force, where he served for 20 years doing multiple jobs ranging from being an Aircraft and Control Warning Technician, Crew Chief on fighter/bomber aircraft, doing aircraft safety and ending his career as a graphics illustrator. Early on in his service he met the love of his life Dianne Colleene Johnson at a USO in Denver, CO and they were married on August 12, 1967.
Over the span of eight years the couple welcomed four beautiful children into their home. His children remember him as a very loving and dedicated father with a witty sense of humor, kind blue eyes and a smile to melt your heart. He always wanted what was best for his children and offered encouragement and fatherly advice to them often.
Warren was a very accomplished Graphic Illustrator. Art was his passion and he often enjoyed spending hours in his art room drawing/painting while listening to some good ole rock and roll. Warren and his wife were also very generous people. While being stationed in the Philippines they would collect toys throughout the year and hand them out to the local Filipino children for Christmas and they had a home built for a Filipino family there. Their generosity to others as always been at the forefront of their lives.
Warren retired from the military in 1992 and moved to Tacoma Washington where he began working at Fort Louis as a graphic designer in the marketing department. They moved on to Massachusetts at Hanscom Air Force Base, then onto the Naval War College in Rhode Island, then onto Virginia working at the Defense Technical Information Center continuing his Graphic Design work until he retired fully and moved to Fernandina Beach in 2015.
Although a Presbyterian, Warren faithfully attended Catholic Church with his wife for over 50 years.
Warren leaves behind his wife Dianne of 53 years from Fernandina Beach, Fla., sister Susan Murray and her husband John of Tuscon, AZ, brother Lawrence Carman of Freeport, NY, daughter, Bridgett Purish and her husband Kenneth of Kissimmee, Fla., daughter Wendy Flores and her husband Erich of Morganton, NC., daughter Pamela Arwood and her husband Eric of Elmendorf, TX., son Robert Carman and his wife Angela of Bury St. Edmunds Suffolk, England. He also leaves behind 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 4-6pm on Wednesday, July 28 at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home in Fernandina Beach, Fla.
He will be laid to rest in Jacksonville National Cemetery on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 11:30 am with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Multiple Sclerosis Association at mymsaa.org/donate
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We're one of the Filipino families who were fortunate enough to have experienced Sarge and Sam's (as we fondly call them) generosity. Sarge was our late father's good friend. They met in Clark Airbase Philippines. We remember visiting their home in Angeles City, being gifted with toys, and receiving treats. When they went back to the US, Sarge would still communicate with our father. He would even send us financial help when our father was out of work. He became like a second father to us. He gave us a large Whiteface Mountain painting. We still have it. It's the first thing you will see when you enter our home. Sarge was not only generous, he was also very thoughtful. He remembered our birthdays, and he used to send Christmas cards to each of us even when everyone else has gone digital. We have been exchanging e-mails with him over the past years - to catch up and to send wishes during special occasions. He knew that we're eternally grateful for him and for everything that he has done for our family. He will surely be missed. Our love, thoughts, and prayers to the Carman family - especially to dear Sam.
Kevin Prahar, Cousin
I have fond memories of Warren when I was growing up and besides his love of art and his talents as an artist, I remember his love of music. The talent he shared with all of us when he would break out his accordian and give us his musical gift is something I have always treasured. He was stationed here at Davis-Monthan when we moved to Tucson from New York, and his helping us to get acclimated here was a testament to his committment to family, his wider family. After my dad passed and in my mom's later years, he checked in on her, as well as his wife Dianne, and they kept her in their thoughts and actions frequently. I miss him greatly. Rest in the arms of God, faithful servant.