Donald W. Carnahan
Donald Wayne Carnahan, 77, of Olathe, KS, passed away on April 19, 2012 at the Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care Center following a one year illness. He was the son of Luther Harrison and Jenny Belle Ames Carnahan. Don was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and attended Southwest High School. He entered the Air Force in 1957, where he acquired the electrical training that helped to form his life’s work. During his time in the military, Don received numerous commendations which reflected his quick intelligence, organizational skills and his ability to lead. After he was discharged in 1961, Don developed into a respected electrician and later, a successful electrical contractor. He co-founded ARC Electric in 1974, and through his business trained many of today’s electricians. He was known to be an accomplished designer of electrical systems and a naturally intuitive problem solver. In 1993, following his retirement from the electrical field, Don became an income tax preparer and co-founded CS Professional Services Company. His clients found him to be a compassionate advocate; many became long-term friends.
Don loved to travel. He enjoyed taking cruises with his companion Pat, traveling to the Caribbean and Central America. He especially enjoyed traveling with his family, both while his children were young, and in later years with grandchildren.
Don attended the Valley View United Methodist Church and was a member of the Valley Viewers Sunday School Class. While an electrical contractor, he was a member of the Association of Builders and Contractors, and the Home Builders Association. He was also a long-time member of the IBEW Local 124, and the American Legion.
Don is predeceased by his parents, and two brothers, Charles and Leslie. He is survived by his loving partner, Pat Parr; his daughters,Debbie Allen, spouse to Butch, of Chesapeake, VA and Caron Carnahan, spouse to David Dailey, of Grove City, PA; a sister, Emma Liggett, of Vancouver, WA; and grandchildren, Robert and Pvt. 1st Class Erin Allen, and Julia, Trevor and Brianna Dailey.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012, 11 a.m., at Valley View United Methodist Church, 8412 W. 95th Street, Overland Park, KS. A Celebration of Life in the Irish tradition will be held from 2 – 4 p.m. at the American Legion Post 327, 6521 Nieman Road, Shawnee, KS. Family and friends are warmly invited. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145.