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Carr, Jeffrey Allen

Jeffrey Allen Carr, a Truckee resident and native of Torrance, Calif., died early New Year’s Day despite denying the “Quacks'” assertions that he had Alzheimer’s. Jeff was the oldest child of Hartley and Evelyn Carr of Torrance, Calif., where he was born and raised. Evelyn Carr, a driving force in the founding of the Torrance Unified School District, encouraged continued education in her children.

Jeff Carr, known as the “Deacon,” completed a degree in drama at Long Beach State, but not until after being the first in his class at Torrance High to own his treasured car, a red MG convertible.

“The Commander” began his distinguished Naval career in 1960. As a supply officer, his medal of honor was awarded for counting Hershey bars in the bowels of his ship during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

On a blind date to see “Hair” in San Francisco, Jeff met the blond he would love the rest of his life, Renie Sparks. The adventures of Jeff and Renie and little Bobbe Anne included sailing his Chinese junk, the “Ba Mui Lam ” Dirty Old Man” to Alcatraz, bringing groceries to the Native Americans who overtook the island in protest in 1970. In exchange for bringing them food, Jeff and family were given a tour of the island while under occupation. In 1973, they fostered and raised three Vietnamese brothers: Cuong, Quang and Hai.

Jeff and Renie retired and moved to Truckee in 1997 where Jeff became active in the historical society, giving tours of the Old Truckee Jail. He also loved railroading and the historical re-enactments in downtown Truckee.

“The Dirty Old Man” is survived by his dedicated wife and caregiver, Renie; his “twerp kids” Bobbe Anne, Catherine, Jeffrey Todd, Valerie Marie; his 11 “beanbag” grandchildren; and his sisters, Lorraine and Joanne.

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A viewing will be held Thursday, Jan. 4 at the Truckee Tahoe Mortuary, 10126 Church St., Truckee, between 5 to 7 p.m. and a service will be held Friday, Jan. 5 at noon at St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church, 4795 Lakeside Drive, Reno. A burial service and memorial will be held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northern Nevada Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association (705 S. Wells Ave., Suite #225, Reno, NV 89502) or the Sierra Senior Services (10040 Estates Drive, Truckee, CA 96161).