Memorial for former principal William Carrico


A celebration of the life of William Noel Carrico, who served as an administrator and teacher in the Las Lomitas Elementary School District for 25 years, will be held Sunday, Oct. 30, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, 570 East Remington Drive in Sunnyvale.

He died Sept. 27 at the Eastern Montana Veteran Home in Glendive, Montana, at age 90.

Mr. Carrico came to the Las Lomitas Elementary School District in 1956 as a fifth-grade teacher at Ladera School. He worked in all four of the district schools and was principal at La Loma School for the 14 years the school was open. He also served as principal at Ladera School.

He directed classroom work in remedial math and science and also served as district director of maintenance for six years and, later, director of curriculum. In 1981, he received a Continuing Service Award for recognition of outstanding service and youth by the California Congress of Parents, Teachers and Students.

In retirement, Mr. Carrico had a shop in his backyard where he spent hours with his children and grandchildren teaching them how to run power tools, how to fix their cars, how to use a slide rule, and take care of the many dogs that came into their lives, say family members.

William Carrico was born in Sidney, Montana. He grew up in Glendive and attended Dawson County High School, where he met his future wife, Lucille.

He served in World War II at Fort Winfield Scott in San Francisco in the Coast Artillery and, later, at the Fort Sherman Canal Zone in Panama as a staff sergeant. Returning home to Montana, he married Lucille Carlson in 1946.

Mr. Carrico graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in horticulture and received a bachelor of science degree in education from Eastern Montana College. He received a master's degree in education from San Jose State University.

His first teaching job was in a two-room country school in the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District in 1950. He was a teacher and principal for grades one to six, and also the janitor.

The Carricos later moved to Sunnyvale, where they lived for more than 40 years. After Ms. Carrico died, he returned to his hometown of Glendive, where he enjoyed spending time with old friends and family. In 2006 he married Mary Lou Jones.

Survivors include his children, William N. Carrico Jr., Thomas Mark Carrico, and Mary Kay Carrico Davis; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Virginia Carlson Carrico, and son, Raymond Scott Carrico.

Donations may be made to Montana State University at Bozeman.

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