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BLACK, RAYMOND Owner of Carden School of San Diego Raymond Lee Black passed away on October 20, 2012. Ray was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho on March 30, 1925 to Claude Black and Irene Keefer Black. He remained in Idaho Falls until he entered the Wisconsin School of Mines and the United States Naval Academy and he was in the class of 1948A which was split in half due to the war. Ray graduated from USNA on June 6, 1947. He was stationed in San Diego where he met the love of his life, Jolene Baldridge Black, in July, 1947. Ray had asked a friend if he knew any girls who had cars. The friend said he knew someone who had half a car. Jolene's mother always said that when Ray came to the door and saw Jolene, that they fell instantly in love. They were married six months later on December 18, 1947 in the Chapel at Stanford University, and Jolene's brother, Porter Baldridge, gave them his half of the car as a wedding gift. Ray and Jolene spent the next six months in Long Beach, CA until Ray was sent to Okinawa, Japan. Jolene went back to Stanford for her final semester where she graduated with a degree in Education. Upon Ray's return, he was sent to Pensacola, Florida for Naval flight training. Ray put in for a decommission and he and Jolene returned to San Diego where they would live (except for the two-and-a-half-years they spent in Honolulu, Hawaii where Ray taught in the anti-submarine warfare school during the Korean War). Returning to San Diego, Ray worked as an engineer for Convair/General Dynamics. In 1964, Ray and Jolene were looking for a business that would support their family. They met with Miss Mae Carden, who had written a curriculum which stressed phonics, grammar and parts of speech. Miss Carden liked Ray and Jolene and allowed them to use her curriculum. Miss Carden also stressed the importance of manners and Ray and Jolene emulated this by having the children shake hands with their teacher before entering the classrooms and standing when an adult entered the room. Ray and Jolene shook hands with every student as he or she left school at the end of the day, calling each student by name. In September of 1964, they opened their first school at the corner of Ingelow and Rosecrans, Carden of San Diego. By the fall of 1965, Ray was able to resign from Convair and join Jolene full time at the school. They opened a second school in Solana Beach, CA eventually combining the two schools on Del Mar Heights Road. The school flourished for many years until Ray and Jolene retired in 1989. In their spare time, Ray and Jolene taught Sunday school fifth and seventh graders at Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church. Ray coached his sons' baseball teams while Jolene would keep score. He also coached basketball and was involved with the YMCA Indian Guides. Once they had retired, Ray and Jolene traveled extensively around the world. They especially loved spending time at the Mauna Kea Resort in Hawaii, traveling to Europe, taking cruises down rivers including the Mississippi and cruises down the Eastern United States. Jolene passed away in 2001 after a long struggle with breast cancer. Ray continued traveling and riding the rapids down various rivers in Washington and his beloved Idaho. He returned to Idaho Falls frequently to see his brother, Bill, and to visit high school friends. His last trip to Idaho Falls was in July of 2010. From that point on, his dementia/Alzheimer's increased and he was content to remain in his San Diego home. Ray was predeceased by his parents, Claude and Irene, his brother, William Black and his beloved wife, Jolene. He is survived by his four children, Linda Black Kiendra, Richard Black (Taylor), Laura Black and Bradley Black (Sherrie). He is also survived by six grandchildren, Mitchell Kiendra (Jami), Jennie Coyle (John), Julie Kiendra, Lisa Kiendra, Patrick Black and Brittany Black and five great-grandchildren, Tobey and Delaney Kiendra, and Frankie, Rhainne and Brianna Coyle and his brother-in-law, Porter Baldridge. Dad will be greatly missed by all who knew him including all of the students he and Jolene taught and educated for twenty-five years. He was a true gentleman. The family would like to thank Marc and Tina Gray, owners of Right at Home Care, San Diego Hospice and Ray's caregivers, Lori, Carmen and Robin. Their care and compassion of Ray in these final years was and is truly appreciated. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church. A private inurnment will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to San Diego Hospice, 4311 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103, or the San Diego Armed Services YMCA, 3293 Santo Rd., San Diego, CA 92124.

Published in U-T San Diego on Nov. 4, 2012
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