Obituary: Patrick K. Carlin

Patrick K. Carlin

Patrick K. Carlin

Patrick K. Carlin passed away peacefully at his home in Tucson on July 18, 2016, at the age of 84. Pat, a lifelong native of Arizona, was born Feb. 12, 1932, in Mesa. He honorably served in the United States Coast Guard as a medic during the Korean War. He received a bachelor's degree in education from the Arizona Teachers College (ASU) and master's degree from Arizona State University. He began his teaching career at Arcadia High School in Scottsdale, where he coached football, baseball and was athletic director. He was the first principal of Mohave High School in Bullhead City before being named an assistant superintendent of the Mohave Union High School District. The pinnacle of his distinguished career in education was the 20 years he spent as superintendent of the Kingman Elementary School District. His passion was the education of children, so after retirement he continued to serve students of his state and community as president of the Mohave Community College Board. He then served three terms as the representative of Mohave County on the State Board of Directors for Community Colleges of Arizona. He also served on numerous education committees for Governor Janet Napolitano and was very influential in state education in Arizona.

Pat was an outstanding amateur fast pitch softball player and manager. In the 1970s he and LW Hardy brought top-notch fastpitch softball to Kingman and in 1974 he led the Kingman Turquoise Kings to a runner-up finish in the ISC World Softball Tournament. He was inducted into the Arizona Softball Hall of Fame in 2006. Pat was also a dedicated amateur golfer and spent many happy afternoons in the company of his friends and family on the course.

Known as "Papa," Pat was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and was loved by many. He is survived by his wife Shirley, sons Patrick and Greg, grandchildren Lindley, Andrew and Shane, Andrew's mother Michelle Bonito, Lindley and Shane's mother Diane Smith. He was preceded in death by his brother Michael Carlin.

Services will be held Monday July 25th at 1PM at Kingman Elks Lodge 900 Gates Ave.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Alzheimer's Association, Kingman Unified School District, or Kingman Junior Golf Association.