John Joseph Carmesin was born on December 25, 1919 to Frank and Anna Carmesin in Jersey City, New Jersey. Growing up, John enjoyed playing football, fishing, and swimming.

In 1942 he joined the US Army and was deployed to the Pacific Theater of World War II. He met the love of his life, Lois Lorraine Springman, in the Philippines while they were both serving. He married Lois on June 22, 1946 and in 1952 they moved to McKinleyville and purchased a chicken farm on what is now Carmesin Lane in McKinleyville. John worked for the McKinleyville Union School District for over two decades.

In 1984, Lois and John retired and traveled to many places such as Europe, Australia, Tahiti and Mexico. In 1989, at the age of 70, John and Lois built a cabin on the Klamath River, where together they created countless memories that will never be forgotten because of John’s journaling of every day they spent there. Some of his favorites times were spent traveling the States with Lois and his travel trailer, meeting up with family members, old friends and making new friends.

John had many blessings in his life, but his proudest were his three children – Robert Carmesin (wife Jacque), Rita McAtee (husband Dale) and Johnny Carmesin (wife Vickie) — six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. All of John’s family share the great qualities passed on from a truly great man. He lived a long life full of travel, songs, stories, hard work and love. He will truly be missed. A celebration of life will be announced at a later time.


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