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.


  1. Jim Su on November 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I feel so sad to learn I lose my great friend and mentor.

  2. Paul Alters on November 5, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I just learned of Dons passing 6 months after the fact.
    I would be one of the electricians mentioned in the obituary that worked for Don for 11 years and appreciated the chance he gave to me in 1978 to join his team. I have many fond memories of him.

    RIP Don

  3. Mel Matuszak on April 24, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Pat, I know you will miss your wonderful friend and companion. How nice that you have such wonderful memories of your togetherness.

  4. Crystal Tucker on April 23, 2012 at 11:48 am

    We have been going to Don since 2000, and have so enjoyed getting to know him! He was perhaps, the only person on the planet who could make tax time almost enjoyable with his witty personality and big smile! The world has truly lost a wonderful man, we will miss him dearly. RIP Don

  5. Laurie MacDonald on April 23, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I enjoyed working with Don the last few years. He always made me laugh and he will be greatly missed. So sorry for your loss. I’m sure he is smiling down on us!

  6. Pat Elrod on April 22, 2012 at 6:29 am

    It was a real pleasure to know Don. He will be
    truly missed. Our prayers are with you.

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