Leonard Warren Carrick passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.
He practiced dentistry for almost 60 years, most of which was here in Shasta County where he was blessed to touch the lives of many wonderful people. Caring for patients in his office or assisting in dental surgery was a great joy in his life.
Leonard was born in Portland, Oregon on June 24, 1923. In 1927 he and his parents moved to San Francisco where his father served as the minister at St. Johns Presbyterian Church. He had two younger brothers.
Leonard and his wife Bette were married in November of 1942 and celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in November 2012. He entered the College of Physicians & Surgery during World War II and served in the Army while training for dentistry and graduated in 1946.
Early in his youth, he learned to set type on his dad's Golding Printing press. Writing became a passion and later in life he became a member of the American Amateur Press Association. Known as Carrick's Antique Printing Press, using a C & P printing press, he published hundreds of stories about his life and adventures in monthly publications known as Shasta Ramblings and Ginger Snaps.
He learned to fly in 1952 and bought a two-place Cessna 120. In 1958, he moved up to a 1956 Cessna 172 which he flew thousands of hours. Leonard was a member of the Shasta County Sheriffs Flying Posse in Fall River Mills.
Leonard is survived by his wife Bette, his three children; David Carrick of Casper, WY, Jan Bourhill of Poulsbo, WA, and Melissa Kassahn of Roseville, CA. He was a proud and happy grandfather to six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Leonard was a member of the Burney Lions club for many years and later joined the Redding Breakfast Lions Club upon moving to Redding. The family requests that any donations be given to the Redding Breakfast Lion's Club in his name.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later in November and an announcement will be made with dates and details.
Please sign the guestbook.
Arrangements handled through Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in Redding (243-1525).