Ronald Carmichael
1941 - 2020
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Ronald Carmichael
January 24, 1941 - July 10th, 2020
San Jose
After a long battle with cancer, Ron passed away peacefully, July 10th, at home in San Jose, with his loved ones.
Ron was born in Denver Colorado, to Lorraine and Eldon Carmichael. He attended Aurora High School where he excelled at basketball and baseball, making the All State team in both sports.
Ron graduated from the University of Colorado, where he majored in Zoology and where he met his wife of 55 years, Barbara Littlefield.
Soon after marriage, the couple moved to Staten Island, New York and Ron started what would be a 37 year career teaching science and coaching basketball.
In 1968, the couple moved to San Jose and Ron started teaching at Dartmouth Middle School. A strong interest in the space program led him to start a model rocket program that was the highlight at Dartmouth every year. Ron was honored to be twice named Teacher of the Year at Dartmouth.
Ron's space interest evolved into aviation, where he earned a pilots license and instrument rating.
After retiring from teaching, Ron and Barbara enjoyed volunteering at Monterey Bay Aquarium and traveling, but their greatest joy has always been their family.
Ron is survived by his wife Barbara, sons, David and Daniel and their wives, Marietta and Nicole, as well as his 4 precious grandchildren; Jordin, Sarah, Kyle and Evan.
"Your are greatly loved and deeply missed, Poppy."
The family would like to thank the wonderful people at Kaiser Hospice for the loving care and support.
Donations in Ron's name may be made to Monterey Bay Aquarium. A memorial is planned for after Covid 19.


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jul. 18, 2020.
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July 30, 2020
Met Ron in our aviation group . Very nice man and lovely wife. He always talked about his children,, grandchildren and walking his dog.. RIP, Ron. We'll meet up again some day.
Terri Gorman
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July 22, 2020
i met Ron through Barbara, his wife, with whom I taught at Lietz School. He was always such a gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor. The highlight of my 4th graders' year was his annual rocket launch at Dartmouth Middle School. That was so exciting for all of us. The kids would discuss on the walk back to Lietz what kind of rocket they wanted and what colors they would paint it. Ron will be terribly missed as a family man, a teacher and a good friend. Your were so loved, Ron, and the world has lost a treasure.
Karen Lund
Friend
July 21, 2020
May he Rest In Peace. Volunteering at the Monterey Bay Aquarium makes you part a family and ensures countless friends who will miss you deeply. Diana and Roberto-Sat 2B
Robert
Friend
July 18, 2020
Ron was a wonderful family man as well as a great community asset. He will surely be missed.
Del and Linda Sessions
Neighbor
July 18, 2020
We are sorry to hear about the passing of Ron. We will always remember his incredible kindness and quick smile. We were truly blessed to have you both has neighbors. Please accept our sincere condolences. Love, Pat & Carol
Carol Mahoney
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