"Kit" Carson White remembered
“Kit” Carson Arthur White, one of the Truckee-Tahoe area’s most influential past citizens, died Wednesday, March 21 at the age of 86.White was born in Chicago, but grew up in Oakland, Calif., and attended Bay Area schools. He took correspondent courses in journalism.White married Violet Hanson in 1942 and joined the U.S. Navy, where he served aboard the USS Curtiss.After the war, White returned to California and pursued his love of skiing while working many jobs, including writing and reporting ski news for California/Nevada Ski News, the Sacramento Bee, Berkeley Gazette, KGO Radio and the San Francisco Examiner, where he was the winter sports editor for more than 10 years.White helped create and was the first president of the Northern California & Nevada Winter Sports Writer’s Association. As a ski writer, he had the opportunity to cover winter sports activities all over the world, including France and Austria.While covering the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, he met Lowell Thomas, and together they formed the U.S. Ski Writer’s Association, now known as the North American Snow Sports Journalism Association. White also organized an annual ski race each spring at Yosemite. He has been nominated to the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, Mich.White officially moved his family to Donner Lake in 1960 to continue his love of skiing by becoming the Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley USA and, later, Alpine Meadows, while selling real estate on the side.White was deeply involved in the Truckee community during his years here. He served as president of Truckee-Donner Chamber of Commerce, president of the Truckee Lions, and helped form and served as the chairman of the Donner Lake Property Owner’s Association.He was also the grand marshal for the Truckee 4th of July Parade in both 1990 and 1995.In 1973, White founded Donner Lake Realty. In 1978, his son Charlie took over as broker and then incorporated the business.White is survived by his wife Violet, in Auburn; son, Charles and grandson, Chris, both of Truckee.A memorial service will be planned at a later date; donations to your local Hospice would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.To be notified of date and location of the memorial service, please E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or FAX: (530) 587-6480.
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