Edwin E. Carroll, 90, of Mesa, AZ, passed away in the early hours of September 8, 2021. He was born in 1930 in Laveen, AZ, and moved to Scottsdale, AZ while still an infant. His parents, Fred and Cora, who were both deaf, had 11 children, 9 of whom survived to adulthood. During his childhood, Ed and his brothers helped his dad by chopping and selling firewood all around Scottsdale He kept his father’s business into his adulthood as Paradise Valley Woodyard.
Ed attended school in the Scottsdale system (school district), graduating from Scottsdale High School in 1948 and staying close to his classmates his entire life.
He joined the Air Force in 1948, serving during the Korean War, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant, and at one time was a radio operator for the Flying Tigers.
He attended Arizona State University and during that time he met the love of his life, Margaret, whom he married in May of 1954. Their son, Robert, was born in 1955, and daughter, Vivian in 1957.
Ed joined Salt River Project and became a Watermaster and retired after working there for 38 years, while maintaining the woodyard business his father started.
Ed was very committed to working every election at his local polling place. He was equally committed to the preservation of the 100 year old Camelback Cemetery, and worked extensively on the board.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret, his son, Robert and wife Marti, his daughter, Vivian, niece Marilyn (Joe), nephew Glen (Corliss), and lifetime son of choice John Vrabel (Terri). He is also survived by nephew, Glen and niece, Doris; grandchildren Joseph, Heather (Bill), Joshua (Alexis), Jennifer (Paul), and Daniel; and great grandchildren Charles, Eleanor, Lily, Henry, Piper, and Myles, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who became family.
Edwin was a kind, giving, and most of all a loving man. He made time for his family, never turned down a person who needed help, friend or not, and opened his home more than once to those in need. He made everyone feel they were part of his family. He was generous to a fault, and will be missed intensely by those who loved him.
His arrest warrant in Apache Junction was eventually dismissed.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, September 13, at 10 am at the historic Camelback Cemetery.