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David Kent Carr

June 17, 1938 — November 29, 2021

David Kent Carr

David Kent Carr passed away on November 29th, 2021 due to complications from an accident. He was a builder – constructing a life with his wife and family, while he created homes for many others and their families, too. His attention to detail was evident in all aspects of his life. Our lives were enriched from his strength of character, commitment to his word, and unmatched work ethic. Above all, and guiding his days, was the love he had for his wife and children. He was born on June 17th, 1938 in Sulphur, Oklahoma to Miles Vernon Carr and Anna Mae (Thompson) Carr. Early in life the family, including older brother Jerry, moved to south Oklahoma City where he attended school. He excelled playing the saxophone, developing a love of music during this time – particularly the 'Big Band' sounds of Glenn Miller and others such as Tommy Dorsey. He was a member of the marching band during this time, and became Drum Major at US Grant High School, which he graduated from in 1956. In addition to band, he was also an active Demolay.It was while he was at his first job at IGA, sacking groceries where 15-year-old David met the love of his life, then 13-year-old Linda Martin. They dated all through their school years, until they went to college. He graduated with a psychology degree from Oklahoma City University, and she went to the University of Oklahoma. Both married others, had a child – and then eventually both divorced, marrying each other in 1975. Their combined family added one more son, making 'his, her, and ours'. Their love affair spanned a period of nearly 68 years. His heart was truly broken in September when his bride preceded him in death.Shortly after marrying Linda, he left his position at Frontier Federal Savings and Loan, where he was a Vice President, to become a home builder in Oklahoma City. His early homes were in the northwest part of town, eventually moving out to Surrey Hills, where he built the families' own home. From Mustang north through Yukon, out to Piedmont and on to Cashion, east through Deer Creek and all over Edmond, he built many customs and 'specs' that countless families have enjoyed. His attention to detail and pride in the workmanship was evident to all, resulting in many awards and honors over the years. Among these are: Life Director for the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association (COHBA); building the 'Project House' for the annual COHBA 'Parade of Homes'; building the 'House of Hope' for the COHBA; building the 'Parade House' in 1997 for the Parade; and finally serving on various committees of that organization. He achieved 'Spike' status as well, and is currently one of the highest achievers of this honor. During his many years as a home builder his wife Linda was by his side as his Realtor and decorator – and son Steve Dickson joined her as a Realtor about 25 years ago. Son Michael Carr followed in his father's footsteps as a home builder, and actively worked with him each day for many years, up to the day of his accident.Although building homes for more than 45 years is impressive, it is the family that he built that is the true testament of his life. From the fancy trips to go snow skiing, to just playing in the yard, he was always there. Cub Scouts, Indian Guides, coaching little league (in sports that he hadn't played so he had to learn as he went), teaching water skiing, shooting bb guns, the simple to the extravagant were fully accounted for. There are hundreds of pictures and movies of all the memories he carefully crafted for his family, since his mission was really to make their lives better. He fully succeeded.He is survived by sons Darren Carr, Steve Dickson, and Michael Carr; daughters in law Nicole Carr, Angela Dickson, and Carmen Marrs; and grandchildren Lexi Carr; Sophia, Rachel, Lilian, and Jacob Dickson; and Pierce and Senna Carr. Preceding him in death are parents Vernon and Anna Mae, grandson Aaron Carr – and just a few short months ago the love of his life, Linda.
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Friday, December 3, 2021

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14624 North May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73134

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Saturday, December 4, 2021

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