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Carnett, John "JohnnyCabo"

Born in San Diego, June 23, 1954, John Carnett passed away Aug. 15, from complications of a brain injury suffered in June 2003. A complicated, intelligent and creative individual, John was a gifted artist and was invited to study at the Spanish Village Art Studio in Balboa Park during his elementary school years. On graduating from high school, he entered the field of engineering by becoming a draftsman where he could utilize his artistic abilities and simultaneously secure a good living. His high intelligence allowed him to master civil engineering design quickly and in his 20s he independently developed new standards for which the county ultimately adopted to incorporate. He was – and is still – affectionately known as “The Master” within the San Diego civil engineering community of the 1980s. He relocated to Northern California in 1988, settling in Nevada City before moving to Truckee in 1997. His love of outdoors was enhanced by his move to the Sierra and he resumed hunting and fishing in the local rivers and lakes. His fishing also was intensely developed in the deep sea waters of Baja California, and he took several long range trips annually to continue the “sea hunt” – his freezer never holding much less than several hundred pounds of flash frozen tuna filets. His family did not starve but did see signs of developing gills and scales.John touched lives in a peculiarly fascinating and intense way. He will be deeply missed by his childhood sweetheart and loving wife, Tracy, and daughter, Iris. His parents, Robert and Ruthann Carnett, and brother David and niece Jessica Carnett of Carson City, Nev., and many extended family members in San Diego and Arizona survive him.Memorial services will be held at the Prosser Group Camp, Highway 89 north, in Truckee on Thursday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. Everyone wishing to remember John is welcome and encouraged to attend. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to the National Stuttering Foundation, in care of the Truckee Tahoe Mortuary, 587-4342.


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