|Birth: ||Jul. 18, 1932|
|Death: ||Sep. 24, 2011|
Our unique, amazing, and much loved husband, father, and grandfather passed away on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at Cassia Regional Medical Center. His death came as a shock to his family and friends as well as the geothermal community. We will all miss him deeply. Carl was born on July 18, 1932, in Oakland, Calif., to Ward Hunting and Miriam Fulton Austin. He grew up in Larkspur, Calif., and earned an AA degree at the College of Marin and his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. at the University of Utah. He met his wife and lifelong sweetheart Barbara Ann Vest at the U. of U. on a blind date. They were married on Sept. 18, 1953. After College they moved to Socorro, N.M., where Carl had a Post Graduate Fellowship to study shape charges. He then taught at the New Mexico School of Mines. In Socorro his first child, Miriam Louise was born. The family then moved to Ridgecrest, Calif., where Carl spent 30 years as a civilian scientist for the U.S. Navy. Two more children, Carl Fulton Jr. and Richard Randall, were born. During his years of Navy work Carl traveled all over the world as a weapons, shape charge, and underground fortifications expert. He also performed work for the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, NATO, and several foreign governments. Countries he worked in included England, Newfoundland, South Korea, Norway, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, and Egypt. He also began geothermal work for the Navy and developed the Coso Geothermal from discovery through full production as the second largest geothermal plant in the United States (third largest in the world) at that time.
Carl spent many years in community service through Rotary International and the Indian Wells Valley Mine Search and Rescue Team. He was past president of three different Rotary Clubs.
After he retired Carl moved to Idaho where he ran his third ranch, a small cow-calf operation in the South Hills outside of Oakley. He also continued with geothermal consulting for companies throughout the western United States and Canada. Carl truly loved the South Hills and southern Idaho and was in his element in the outdoors. He took great pride in his ranch, his family, and the people of southern Idaho. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara, his children, Miriam Louise Austin, Carl Fulton Austin Jr. (Laura Farris-Austin), Richard Randall Austin (Nina Rose), and 9 grandchildren: Randel Nolan Paulsen (Ashley), Jeffrey Scott Paulsen (Amitie), Carl Fulton Austin III, Shelby Faith Austin, Joseph Ward Austin, Laura DeAnn Austin, Micaela Renee Austin, Richard Ryan Austin, Gabriel Luke Austin, and great grandchild Michael Jeffrey Paulsen.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at the Oakley Stake Center, 355 N. Center St. in Oakley, with Bishop Robert Whiteley officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakley Cemetery. Arrangements are under the directed of Morrison Payne Funeral Home, 321 E. Main in Burley.
Plot: 56 A
Created by: Annie
Record added: Sep 25, 2011
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Added: Sep. 26, 2011