In 1969, Judge Carey was appointed to be a judge of the Municipal Court in San Mateo County by Governor Ronald Reagan, and in 1971, he was elected judge of the Superior Court in San Mateo County. After his retirement from the bench in 1989, he continued to participate in the practice of law in a counsel capacity with the firm of Carey & Carey in Palo Alto until 2008.
Born in Chico, he grew up in Oakland. He graduated from UC Berkeley and the University of San Francisco School of Law. During World War II, he served overseas as a B-29 pilot with the 20th Army Air Corps.
As a civic volunteer, Judge Carey held leadership positions in the Boy Scouts of America, Catholic Social Services in San Mateo County, Sequoia Kiwanis Club, and the Native Sons of the Golden West. He enjoyed traveling, photography, aviation, and golf at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, where he was a charter member.
Judge Carey is survived by his wife of 69 years, Helen J. Carey; children, Anne Carey of Menlo Park, Thomas Carey of San Carlos, and Robert Carey of Palo Alto; sister Frances Stephens; and two granddaughters.
Funeral services were held at St. Denis Catholic Church. Donations may be made to Corpus Christi Monastery, 215 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025; or a favorite charity.