Carl Allen Reynolds, 55, passed away Nov. 15, 2012, at his home in the loving company of his family and friends after a short but very courageous battle with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Carl was born June 6, 1957, in Illesheim, Germany, and thus began his journey through life. He fell in love with Alaska after moving here in 1971. Shortly thereafter, he met the love of his life and never looked back.
Carl loved to work on cars and was a true artist when it came to custom paint jobs. He knew his way around engines and worked as a mechanic for more than 15 years. Later in his career, Carl was a pilot car driver at Carlisle Transportation Systems, ensuring safe passage on the Dalton Highway for Carlisle truckers traveling between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay. He even appeared on the popular show "Ice Road Truckers" on several occasions. Carl found his calling at Carlisle and planned to continue driving the Dalton Highway for many years to come.
Carl is survived by Cindy Reynolds, his loving wife of 35 years; his son, Karl Allen Reynolds; grandson, Xavier Ballard, and granddaughter, Mia Reynolds. He also is survived by his mother, Renate Reynolds of Fairbanks; sister, Martina Reynolds-Simms, and family of Seattle; brother, Frank Reynolds, and family of North Pole; and numerous family members in Alabama, Georgia and Texas.
Carl was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Danielle Nicole Reynolds-Ballard, and his father, Jerry Reynolds.
Carl had an incredible spirit and a real zest for life. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
According to Carl's wishes, he will be cremated and his ashes will be set free.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Hospice of Fairbanks, and Rob Smith, his personal care attendant, for their loving care of Carl during his greatest time of need.