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Chad J. Carling

10/27/1931 - 01/09/2021
Service Date: 01/27/2021
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints- 613 N. Stewart Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Interment: City of Mesa

Chad J. Carling, 89, peacefully passed through the veil and on to the other side, hand in hand with our sweet mother, on Saturday January 9, 2021. Chad made his grand entrance to this world on October 27, 1931, as the firstborn to Claude Merritt Carling and Cleo Cummings Carling in Flowell Utah.

Chad loved growing up on the old Carling Ranch in Flowell, where he learned the value of hard work. These values stuck with him his entire life and without a doubt, was the hardest working man that ever lived. He attended schools in Flowell and Fillmore Utah and later went on to attend B.A.C in Cedar City Utah, which is now known as Southern Utah University, where he so proudly played his beloved football.

Chad later joined the Air Force and served his country with pride and dignity. He was a fighter jet weapons mechanic while serving in the Korean War, and Chad knew everything there was to know about every airplane ever made.

After returning home from Korea Chad was stationed at Luke Air Force Base and ended up in Mesa Arizona at the old Mezona dance hall where he met his eternal sweetheart, Ludene Dees. They were married in the Mesa Arizona Temple on June 14, 1954. Together they raised five beautiful children: Chad Gary, Gayle, DeeAnn, Sherri Gwyn, and Randy Dale.

Chad was good at anything he ever did and was a perfectionist. He always had the most beautiful yard on the street, a garden that produced delicious and beautiful vegetables, and the very best tomatoes ever grown outside the state of Utah. And we certainly can’t forget to mention his gorgeous citrus orchard where he grew the sweetest oranges, tangelos, lemons and grapefruit. He was known for many years as the “Orange Man” in Mesa and many small towns outside the Phoenix area. He always took such great pride in his home and was so proud of his beautiful property.

Chad wore many hats and wore them with pride. He was a wonderful son, husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother, uncle, cousin, brother-in-law, son-in-law, and friend. His family meant everything to him and was always there to lend a helping hand and could fix and do anything. Chad was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints and served in many organizations throughout his life. He had a strong testimony of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and acknowledged the Lord’s hand in all things. The calling he enjoyed the very most was working in the scouting program alongside his two sons and endured many pinewood derby’s and campouts.

Chad is proceeded in death by his eternal companion, Ludene, parents Claude and Cleo Carling, and 2 brother- in-laws, Rex Harris and Kent Stewart. He is survived by his five children; Chad Gary (Lynette), Gayle Workman (Mark), DeeAnn Garner (Lee), Sherri Stradling ( Darton) and Randy Carling. Mom and dad’s legacy lives on through their posterity of 16 grandchildren and 33 ¾ Great Grandchildren.

Dad also is survived by three wonderful siblings whom he loved very much: Charles Carling (Janet), Lois Harris, and Sharon Stewart, all of Utah.

Funeral services for Chad will be held at the Maricopa Stake Center at 613 N. Stewart St. Mesa, Arizona 85201 on Wednesday January 27, at 11:00 a.m. with a viewing at 10:00 a.m.

The Carling family wishes to thank everyone in dad’s life that has helped him in any way, especially later on in his life as his needs grew. We are especially grateful for your patience, love, and understanding. As dad would say “Carry on”.

Because of the Covid virus we respectfully ask for all attending in person to please wear a mask. For those not attending in person, the family invites you to be part of our dad’s services by joining us via Zoom with the meeting ID 91789749908 at 11:00 AM January 27, 2021.


  • I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My condolences to you and your family.

  • I’m so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Now he’s with your Mom, I’m happy for them.

  • Jeff and Lisa Zato

    It has been a great pleasure and an honor to have Chad as our next door neighbor for 16 years. I respected his
    work ethic and fine example of what a man should be. We will miss him dearly.

  • I have alway,s loved your dad, he was a great uncle to me alway’s so kind and fun to visit. He had a sweet and quiet spirit about him that I enjoyed being around. The first thing I thought when I learned of his passing was how happy he was to be with your mom again. Everyone will miss him.

  • Jodie Carling Scales

    Chad was my ‘oldest cousin’, so I didn’t know him well, but my Dad, Grover, knew him so well and considered him more of a cousin than uncle/nephew. He was such a wonderful man and all who knew him were better for this. Love and hugs to my family that I rarely see, but think of so often! Wish you all so many great memories of a man who had a long and happy life!

  • Susan Carling Marrelli

    I am so sorry to hear of Chad’s passing. It has been a long time since I’ve seen Chad, but as the oldest of the cousins he always had first place. My sincere condolences to all of your family. He will be sincerely missed.

  • Condolences to all of Chad’s family!! He was my first cousin and was 13 years older than me. We grew up on neighboring farms. Chad was one of my heroes ever since I was just little; there has always been a tender and warm place in my heart for him and each of his siblings. I wish I knew each of you, his children, better; but know that you have many Utah cousins that love you and wish you well. Raymon Carling

  • RuthAnn Carling Tingey

    Just want to add my condolences to all of Chad’s family. I remember Chad a little when we all lived in Flowell but remember you all when you came to SLC to visit mom and dad. So sorry to hear of your loss, he will be missed.

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