Carl Town

Formerly of Baker City, 1970-2018

Carl Town, 48, of Boise, and formerly of Baker City, died Dec. 13, 2018, at his home.

Visitations are today from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. The funeral service will be Saturday, Dec. 22 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker City, with Father Suresh Telagani officiating. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, and a reception will be held at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral Parish Hall following the service.

Carl Allen Town was born on Aug. 25, 1970, at Portland. He was the son of Marilyn Louise (Campbell) Town and Raymond Allen Town Jr. He attended Oregon Episcopal School and graduated in 1988. He then went on to attend Boston University, graduating in 1993 and earning a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in business. During his time at Boston University, he was captain of the rugby team.

After college, Carl obtained his real estate license and worked in real estate in the Portland area. He also obtained his race car driving badge with his father, Ray, and a single engine private pilot’s license.

Carl moved to Baker City in 2002 and started operating the Best Western Sunridge Inn. He purchased the Best Western in 2004 and owned it for 13 years until his retirement in 2017.

Carl’s life on earth was far too short, but he definitely lived it to the fullest. His many accomplishments included earning his bachelor’s degree in political science; being an accomplished skier, soccer player, basketball player, tennis player and rugby player. He was a member of the Eastern All-Star Rugby Team. He was also a member of the Holy Apostles Catholic Church. When he was 18 years old, he represented the United States while being a member of the Soviet Union Youth Exchange. He was a world traveler, traveling with the Soviet Union Youth Exchange, Boston University Rugby Team and with his parents.

Carl was a very proud American. He respected the men and women in the military wholeheartedly. One of his regrets was not serving his country. Yet he found so many other ways to help people. He donated to many charities over the years, especially in Baker City. He even purchased Turbo, the K-9 police dog, for Baker City Police. He helped too many charities to name them all here.

He enjoyed golf, wakeboarding, RVing with his wife, Misty, and their eight children, skiing, weight lifting, watching movies at home, and spending time laughing with his wife especially when she was teaching him how to cook or he was teaching her how to golf, which they both decided should wait for a PGA teacher to take over. Carl and his wife loved each other so much and were looking forward to traveling around the world together. They could speak to each other through their eyes and nobody would know. They shared many of the same interests and Carl always said it was love at first sight when he first asked her out in 1995. She turned him down, which he was definitely not used to hearing. He tried again in 2009 and Misty again said no. Finally, in March 2010 he asked again. This was their time now. She said yes and they were married a little over a year later on June 6, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Through their ups and downs, mistakes and learning, they became ultimate best friends. Misty will see her love again in Heaven someday.

Carl was a gentleman, he was old school and new....mixed together to create a superior man. If you were fortunate enough to have met “THE” Carl Town (aka “The Townster”) then you understand. Now, Carl is at peace with his family in Heaven watching over his wife and their children and his mother, Marilyn whom he loved very much. He was mostly raised as an only child. For him, learning to raise so many children brought more love and patience to Carl. Not to mention a lot of laughs shared with his wife.

Carl will be missed by so many people. He truly made an impact on people’s lives.

He is survived by his wife, Misty Marie Town of Boise; his mother, Marilyn Town and stepfather, Barrett Coughlan of Portland; his daughters, Katelyn, Kenzie and Kristie Town of Prineville; his stepchildren, Aidan, Ailah, Anoah and Aeris Kuhl and Anava Kuhl-Rea of Boise; his father and mother-in-law, William and Linda Bjorklund; his brother, Marc Elfving; his sister, Taryn Elfving; his brothers-in-law, Travis Mason and Frank Zednik; his sisters-in-law, Rachael Mason, Heather Morgan, Shakira Close, Amanda Davis and Wendy Mason; his cousin, Anita Joyner; and several nieces, nephews, great aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl and Ollie Campbell; his father, Raymond Allen Town Jr.; his aunt, Kathy Rader; and his cousin, Brenda.

Memorial contributions may be made to Carl Town’s Family Fund through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

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