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.