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CDR Wilbur Andrew "Bill" Carton
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Birth: Jun. 14, 1920
King County
Washington, USA
Death: Dec. 11, 2011
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA

Bill was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and he attended Washington State University, Pullman, Washington. He entered the Navy in July, 1942, met the love of his life, Marianne Davies and they were married in June, 1943. Bill served 21 years in the U.S. Navy as an airman, piloting lighter than air ships (blimps) over the west coast guarding against a Japanese incursion during WWII. While serving in the Korean conflict, Bill flew reconnaissance aircraft where he earned the Korean Medal with two stars, Air medal, Victory medal, United Nations Service medal, and the National Defense Service medal. After the Korean War ended, the family moved to the east coast and was posted in three year duty rotations at Arlington, VA., Patuxent River, MD, and finally, Lakehurst, NJ where he was in charge of decommissioning the blimps from service.

Upon retiring from the Navy as a Commander and settling in San Diego at the end of 1962, Bill and Marianne contracted with American Express traveling San Diego, Imperial and Orange counties together. This work brought them closer as they worked and traveled in the morning and played golf in the afternoon. They bought property in the riverside hamlet of Elk Bend, Idaho and established a second home sharing time with their home in San Diego. Dad loved his garden in Idaho where he grew everything from asparagus to peaches. Between the garden, playing bridge, fishing, wildlife viewing, and entertaining visitors, time passed quickly for Marianne and Bill. After more than 20 years of trips to and from Idaho the journey became too difficult and San Diego was once again their full time residence.

Bill is survived by sons James (Sandie) and children Joel, Robert, Alyssa, Andrew, and Rachel; David (Sharri) and children, Nicole and Casey; Larry (Elvira) and children, Joshua and Jonathan; daughter Judy (Barbara) and one great-grandchild, Noah Daniel. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Marianne, who passed away on June 27, 2004. He was able to remain in his home after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease with the assistance of his wonderful caregivers Maria, Cassandra, Beatriz (Betty), Nicole, Irma and Martha.

Bill will be interred at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, alongside Marianne after a Navy Honor Guard ceremony on January 23, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ruby Fund at Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation, 5390 Virginia Way, Brentwood, TN 37027.
Family links: 
  William Albert Carton (1896 - 1986)
  Myrtle Madge Standley Carton (1896 - 1967)
  Marianne Davies Carton (1922 - 2004)
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Plot: CBCC Row 1 # 41
Created by: Pat McArron
Record added: Mar 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86917275
CDR Wilbur Andrew Bill Carton
Added by: Pat McArron
CDR Wilbur Andrew Bill Carton
Added by: Pat McArron
CDR Wilbur Andrew Bill Carton
Added by: Pat McArron
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You were a great father-in-law.
- Pat McArron
 Added: Mar. 21, 2012

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