California - John Gary Carmack, 54, of California, Kentucky passed away peacefully June 17th, 2021 in Bakersfield, California.
In 1967, John was born to Gary and Leah (Reis) Carmack. He was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Church where he attended elementary school, before moving on to Bishop Brossart High School, where he would meet his high school sweetheart, and wife Linda (Sacksteder) Carmack. They were blessed with 4 wonderful children, and one grandchild who quickly became his pride and joy.
John began his career with Cincinnati Gas and Electric, where his hard work ethic shined and a love for his work really showed. He continued to work with Duke Energy for 30+ years before working with Pacific Gas and Electric, most recently in Bakersfield, California.
He was his happiest self spending the evenings with his family around the dinner table or outside on the porch, taking Pookie (Linda) on dinner dates, playing with his best little buddy Aiden, or FaceTiming him when he was working out of town. He truly loved music of all genres, He was an avid concert goer, and saw his favorite musicians play every chance he got. He liked sharing his favorite unique artists with others and broadening others tastes. He especially loved to introduce his kids to music- putting in a few of his cds while cooking dinner for his family. He believed baseball was the greatest game ever played. He was always watching or listening to the Cincinnati Reds- he lived in the era of the Big Red Machine and Charlie Hustle, and always had hope for another good playoff run, even when they were playing their worst baseball. He loved a good novel or film, kicked back in his recliner at home with a glass of wine. He enjoyed traveling and experiencing new places, as well as revisiting his favorite old familiar places. Exploring the west, between the coast of California, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Taking his family to Navarre Beach, fishing off Drummond Island with his closest friends, stumbling upon an old dive bar or local restaurant in a new town, or meeting up with his friends at Flintlocks for a cold beer.
John was known by so many to be a genuinely great guy. He had a quiet and soft spoken soul, that was a strong voice of reason. There wasn't anything that could phase John's laid back and positive attitude towards life, he was a peacemaker, and "The King of Cool".
He leaves behind his forever love and wife, Linda Carmack; children Christina Carmack (Chance Eisenman), Jacob Carmack, Emily Carmack (Britton Wess), Jarrod Carmack; grandson Aiden Carmack; mother Leah Carmack; brother Dan Carmack; sisters Carrie (JD) Cooper, Lorrie (Barry) Hon; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his father in 2017.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 30th from 3:30 -6:30pm at Cooper Funeral Home in Alexandria, KY. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 7pm at Sts. Peter & Paul Church.
Memorials are suggested in memory of John to Sts. Peter & Paul School/Church or the Center for Courageous Kids 1501 Burnley Rd, Scottsville, Ky 42164.
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Published by Kentucky Enquirer from Jun. 24 to Jun. 27, 2021.