Carlton D. Inman, 78, of Brookings, Ore., died Sunday Dec. 30, 2007 in Medford.
He was born in Leonidas Township on Oct. 18, 1929, the son of Deward L. and Letha E Jackson Inman. His father died of appendicitis in September 1935 and he was raised by his stepfather, Clarence Irons.
Carl graduated from Galesburg High School, Galesburg, Mich., in 1948 and attended Indiana Vocational Technical College in 1949 and Western Michigan University in 1958. Repeated complications and surgeries due to a football injury at the age of 15 interrupted his studies.
Professionally he chose the dental field. While attending high school Ronald W. Smith, D.D.S. of Galesburg became his mentor and employed him as a dental technician. While at WMU he worked part time as a bartender at Inman's Restaurant in Galesburg.
Dental sales and supplies provided him with travel and adventure in Philadelphia, Penn., until he chose to move to the San Francisco Bay area and work for Wyman Brown Dental Supply. An international sales company purchased the company enabling Carl to travel different districts of the Pacific Northwest. He retired from dental sales in 1995.
Wedding bells rang in his life at San Mateo when Mary Anne Mullany became his wife. They were blessed with three children. Most important to him was his family. He remembered others by name and enjoyed the people around him and those he met only casually.
In 1993 Carl had a throat cancer surgically removed, and was cancer-free for 14 years until last June. Prompted by his love for two daughters and a son living in the San Mateo County area, he traveled faithfully to and from there to visit his families and his oncologist and surgeon every six months. One of the delights of his later life was lovingly spent with them. Following retirement, he left Pacifica in March 1995 to live at Harbor, Ore.
At home above the Chetco River with a view of the Pacific Ocean, he enjoyed a part time business of storage rentals, horticulture and the family dog and two cats. He was an avid reader, including daily Scriptures. He followedsports competitions closely; often he was forced to choose his loyalty between teams of his home states Oregon, California and Michigan.
Survivors include his wife Lita Berry Inman whom he married August 7, 1982 at the Wedding Chapel of living Redwoods in Trees of Mystery, Klamath. He is also survived by daughter Lezlee Anne (George) Miller of Half Moon Bay; a son Joseph Scott of Belmont; daughter Laurie Anne Gardiner (Brian) of San Ramon; step sons of Daniel Cleve (Tina) Berry and Edward Lee Berry, both of Brookings. Grandchildren Kasey, Conness, Kianna and Coel Miller of Half Moon Bay, and Amelia Gardiner of San Ramon, step-grandchildren Shannon, Tasha, and Jessica; brother Gerald (Carlene) Inman of Galesburg; sister-in-law Rosemond Inman of Augusta, Mich.; and numerous nieces and nephews in Michigan and California.
Carlton was preceded in death by his parents Deward and Letha Inman Irons and stepfather Clarence; two sisters Maxine Wilson, Evelyn Coleman and a brother Lyle Inman.
A celebration of life service will be held at the Redwood Memorial Chapel, 1020 Fifield St., Brookings, on Sunday Jan. 6 at 2:30 p.m. with Kris Trip of the Crescent City Christian Church officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1303 Northcrest Dr., Crescent City, CA 95531; or the Diabetes Society at 1165 Lincoln Ste. 300, San Jose, CA 95125.