Carl Andrew Whiting, 71, passed away Monday, September 27, 2021 in Springerville. He was born May 10, 1950 in Springerville, the son of Elmer Wood Whiting and Rosalind Rothlisberger.
Carl lived in Eagar his whole life and attended Round Valley Schools. In high school he participated in and excelled in sports; football, basketball, wrestling and track. He still holds the record for the one-mile race in track. He also loved being in choir and the drama club. Carl was known for being fun-loving, class clown and the life of the party.
Carl enlisted and served his country in the United States Army from 1970-1972. Most of that time was served in Okinawa, Japan and he was currently a member of the American Legion.
His early life was working in the log woods; which he loved. However, he found his career at Salt River Project as a mechanic for 31 years where he retired. He married Karen L. Everhart and they raised their 2 daughters, Stacey and Lesley. He loved to fish, camp and hunt and loved the family ranch where he enjoyed spending time with the kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews and countless friends. He was affectionately known by multiple nieces and nephews as “Uncle Snarl” and to his step-daughter as “Mr. Carl.”
Even in adulthood he retained his sense of humor and fun when he would dress up in elaborate costumes for Halloween; the most memorable being Conan the Barbarian, Sr. to his nephew Conan, Jr. A first price trophy was won!
After his first wife passed away Carl met and fell in love with Lori Hale. Their deep friendship led to abiding love. They were married at the Udall pond at a beautiful celebration of their shared devotion.
Carl’s passing has left a large hole in his family’s lives and he will be missed by everyone. He will always be remembered as a “Big Grouch” with a soft heart.
Carl is survived by his wife, Lori Whiting, daughters, Stacey (Rich) Jamison, Lesley Whiting, step-daughter, Stacy Hale, brothers, Rick (Zola) Whiting, Robert Whiting, sister, Peggy (Gary) Mead, 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles “Bud” Whiting and spouse, Karen L. Whiting.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.