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Joseph Francis Carnation Jr.

April 3, 2015


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CARNATION, Jr. Joseph Francis Joseph Francis Carnation Jr., 78, of Forestville California passed away peacefully April 3rd 2015 after a sudden illness in Santa Rosa, California. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph Francis Carnation Sr. and Bernadette Mildred O’Rourke, daughter in law Pamela J. Carnation and great granddaughter Clarissa Belle Allphin. He is survived by his brother James Bertrand Carnation and his sister Carita Carnation Whitcher, and his loving wife of sixty years Earlene, three sons, Joseph and Sylvia Carnation, Richard and Becky Carnation, and Douglas and Christina Carnation, four daughters, Cheryl and Joseph Tiscareno, Diana and Eric Allphin, Alicia McPeters and Shawna Carnation. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 19 great grand children and three more on the way. Joe was born December 10, 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School in 1954. He served honorably in the United States Marine Corps from 1954-1957. He attended Santa Rosa Junior College, received his bachelors from Sonoma State in 1959 and in 1964 received his Masters from San Francisco State. Joe started his career in Education by teaching in Petaluma and Sebastopol at Parkside Elementary, vice-principal at Forestville School, a Principal-Superintendent at Harmony Union School in Occidental, and as Gravenstein School Superintendent from 1980 until his first retirement. Shortly after his retirement he began helping Geyserville School District as an interim Superintendent and eventually as their Superintendent until he passed away last week. Joe dedicated 57 years of service to the students and families of Sonoma County in which he was recognized as “Schoolmaster of the Year” in 1989 and also the “Spirit of Sonoma” in 2013.