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Lawrence Louis Carrillo

Lawrence Louis Carrillo, born on July 11, 1931, passed peacefully in his sleep on July 19th, 2021. He reached his 90th birthday a week prior and we his family, feel so honored to have had many wonderful experiences with this man who loved everyone. Our ‘Papa’ was born in Globe, Arizona to Jose Angel Carrillo and Alta Grace Sainz. He and his brother Joe and sister Grace lived at a difficult time in this small mining town during the depression and World War II. But this family thrived with creative and collective ways to live with love and dignity when there were often cultural challenges and ethnic discrimination towards them.

Our father entered the Navy during the Korean War and served four honorable years. On discharge, he began a long journey of education achieving a Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate degrees in Education. Our father was a compassionate man who had a love of all people, especially those of other races. He was a teacher in the Ogden and Davis school Districts and an elementary and secondary school Principal and Cultural Affairs Administrator for the Ogden City Public Schools.

After retirement, he went back 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 tired of running into students who greeted him with “Hola, Senior Carrillo!” Our father was awarded “Hispanic Teacher of the Year” in 2003 and he and our mother were invited to Washington, DC to meet with Laura Bush and when she kissed his cheek good-bye, he told her that was almost enough to convert him from a Democrat to a Republican!

Our father joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when he was 28 years old. He met our mother Leona Sherman shortly after and they were married and sealed in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. His ‘Lee’ preceded him in death by seven months.

We’ve had many wonderful people reach out to help and love us during these last months of his life. We thank the members of the Intermountain Homecare and Hospice staff and the loving and heroic service of his caregivers at Stonehenge of Ogden.

We, along with our father wish to thank Dr. Joseph Carrillo for not only being a wonderful, loving nephew and cousin but a contributor to our understanding of how to best care for our dad. Papa loved and was so proud of all his nieces and nephews. Our love to Darrell and Sharlene Knight who are the last of this great generation.

Papa’s greatest joys were his family, and we truly know and feel this: Kelli Carrillo Weir (Rick), Kevin Carrillo (Julee), five exceptional grandchildren (and their companions) and eleven great-grandchildren. Our Papa’s laugh, sense of humor, genuine love and resonant tenor voice will be missed more than anything.

Our family will hold a small memorial service to honor him as we place him with our mother. If you have memories or thoughts to express, we would love to read these. We feel a great deal of peace and gratitude for the honorable heritage our parents have given us.

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I was lucky to get to know Lee and Larry through my new friend, Kevin in our early college years. In short time I viewed them as another loving set of parents. Sadly, time apart and relocations weakened the attachment. One of my biggest regrets. 40 years ago they encouraged me to pursue higher education career options but instead I pursued Fortune 100 business management opportunities. After 35 years I retired and joined Dallas ISD as a teacher too and now I have my sights on a master's and PHD in Urban Education. Lee and Larry would have laughed and smiled at how I ultimately followed their advice.

Joe Bravo Nov 3 2021 11:27 AM

I just learned of Señor Carrillo's passing and would like to express my love and appreciation for him. I attended Señor Carrillo's spanish class between 2009 and 2011. He instilled in me a love of spanish and an appreciation of different cultures. It was because of Señor Carrillo that I hoped to go to a spanish speaking country when I submitted my Mission papers. I'm grateful that he set the groundwork that helped me serve in Peru speaking spanish.

During my first year in Señor Carrillo's class, I learned that he and my grandfather had taught in Ogden School District together and were good friends. My grandfather only ever had wonderful things to say about "Larry" Carrillo, and I could say the same for myself.

He will be missed, but I will never forget his warmth and encouragement. God be with you til we meet again, Señor Carrillo.

Garrett Freestone Aug 4 2021 1:36 AM

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Patrice Burbidge Faust Jul 27 2021 11:21 PM

I was sad to hear of the passing of Larry. He was the principal at Bonneville Elementary when I taught there, and along with being an excellent educator and leader, he was one of the kindest and most caring people I have ever worked with. I hadn't seen him in a number of years, but when I would think back to my time at Bonneville, his memory always brought a smile to my face. My sincere condolences to all his family and friends on the loss of such a good man.

David Benstog Jul 25 2021 11:58 AM

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Christy Johansen Jul 25 2021 5:33 AM

I was a student at Bonneville Elementary while Mr. Carrillo was principal. Many days I was in his office because I chose to hang out with friends who I got into a lot of trouble with. One day, he took me aside and asked me what my goals were. After telling him I wanted to be a teacher, he looked me in the eye and asked me if a teacher would be acting the way I was with my friends. That day changed the course of my life. Today, I am a proud teacher and achieved my dreams because he had the wisdom to ask the right questions and encourage me to change my attitude. Twelve years ago, he came to my wedding reception...he remembered me and cared enough to let me know he was proud of the things I had accomplished. I can honestly say, I would not be who I am today without his influence. He will always have a place in my heart and in my stories to my own children including the ones I teach. His legacy will live on! May he and his sweet wife rest in peace reunited together.

Ann Olsen Jul 24 2021 12:11 AM

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Marie Neri Jul 23 2021 7:49 PM

While I never managed to retain much Spanish during my time at Sunset Jr. High, Señor Carrillo did manage to instill a love for the study of languages for me. He always made it so much fun and enjoyable to come to class and engage with the language. He was incredibly passionate in what he did and was probably that initial guiding light towards my want to teach ESL and pursue my Master's in the field.

Rest your soul easy, Señor Carrillo. It's clear based on everyone's comments that you were a big impact on them bilingually.

Much Love!

Andrew Plaster Jul 22 2021 11:33 PM

Once upon a time in 1989, I was a 4th grade student at Bonneville Elementary School. Mr. Carrillo was our school principal at the time. One day he called me and my mom into his office and had asked me if I could serve as the school's student to teacher translator (before ESL program). I reluctantly agreed, as I felt my Spanish was not that great. At the end of my 5th grade year, We had a school assembly and Mr. Carrillo had awarded me with a plaque thanking me for my dedication to helping these students. This turned out to be one of my fondest memories of Mr. Carrillo. From time to time I find myself thinking about him and how special he made me feel as a Bi-lingual speaking student. He taught me that speaking two languages was a gift that not everyone had. It really impacted my life in such a positive way. He was always smiling and happy, he will be missed. Rest easy Mr. Carrillo.

Luisa Rodriguez Jul 22 2021 12:08 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lawrence Carrillo

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