Carl Tom Reimer was a miracle. A miracle that touched so many lives in only his short amount of time on Earth. There wasn't a person that came in contact with Carl's blue eyes, big smile, and warm heart who didn't automatically fall for him. His kindness and warmth were felt by all generations and it was clear to many that Carl's old soul was wise beyond his years.
Carl was positive... positive about life, love, friendship, family, and above all peace. He was a respectful, sensitive, caring, and often times a funny soul who filled all of our lives with such joy.
He was a spitting image of his mother JoAnn Tennent and father Joe Reimer. Carl loved nothing more than waking up early, throwing on his 49'r shoes, heading to the lane and surfing with his friends. He was a water baby from the get go and became devoted to the ocean.
Carl grew up on the west side of Santa Cruz, attending Bay View Elementary, Mission Hill Junior High, and graduating from Santa Cruz High School in 2009.
Recently, Carl fell in love. He was passionate about his girlfriend Heather and they were planning a life. They had big dreams for their future.
In his life after school Carl became increasingly interested in spirituality. He found solace, joy, and comfort in Reggae music and started studying Rastafarianism.
With the recent gang related death of Tyler Tenorio, a member of his extended family, Carl was forced to become aware of the dangers that gangs are bringing to Santa Cruz. Carl has never had any affiliation to any gang and neither did Tyler. With their deaths, let this be a reminder that we must stop this violence in our community. We can't have our innocent babies dying.
Carl left us glowing and on top of the world. He landed a backside three sixty the day his life was taken, a lifelong goal finally accomplished. Carl is survived by his entire family, which are too numerous to list, all of his long time good friends, and everyone in our community that remembers him as a gentle, honest, happy, and kind individual that always brought joy to everyone.
We will be celebrating Carl's life with a Memorial Service on Sunday May 23rd, 2010 at the Coconut Grove starting at 2pm. Monday May 24th join us for a paddle out at the end of Woodrow. We will first gather at the lighthouse at 9am before we begin the paddle out at 11am, we will begin the paddle out from Mitchell's Cove.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Carl Reimer Memorial Fund P.O. Box 1783 Aptos Ca. 95001
World Peace, Blessings, and Many Thanks