Kenneth (Ken) was born September 15, 1944, in San Francisco to George and Maebelle (Gard) Carlin. He passed away on March 21, 2013, of complications of amyloidosis. Ken lived in the Puget Sound region for more than 40 years, residing on South Whidbey since 2003. He purchased a homestead cabin in the Woodland Hall community in Clinton in the mid 1980's that he completely refurbished and made his home.
Kenneth was married for 40 years and is preceded in death by his first wife Ellen Mary(Marz) Carlin, and preceded also by his sister Dorann Bellotti. He is survived by his second wife Nancy Hepp his daughters Mari(Jeremiah) Apana of Shoreline and Elise(Korbett) Miller of Snohomish, brother Ronald, sister Georgia and seven grandchildren.
A man of varied interests and strengths, Kenneth studied for the priesthood with the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) from 1962-66. After leaving the Jesuits he worked briefly in social work. Ken then studied carpentry and worked as a General Contractor for 25 years, including running his own award winning business in Seattle construction and remodeling high end homes throughout the region. Ken obtained masters degrees in Pastoral Ministry and Theological Studies from Seattle University, where he also completed a course in spiritual direction from the Institute for Theological Studies. Ken was a registered movement therapy practitioner with the Institute for Transformational Movement as well. In mid life, Ken returned to school at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, becoming a naturopathic physician. he practiced medicine in Langley, Clinton and Waldron Island, always looking for the most natural approach.
Ken's hobbies and pastimes included community service, family history research, bicycling, hiking, travelling, gardening, music, and reading, especially philosophy psychology and spirituality. Ken loved a good meal time with his family, and he was a frequent volunteer with organizations that work to improve health and community. His love of learning, his call to service and his investigations of spiritual meaning and practice were strong throughout his life.
Donations in Kens honor can be made to Hearts & Hammers of South Whidbey Island, the music therapy program at Providence Hospital in Everett or Commonweal in Bolinas, California.
A memorial service will be help at 4:00pm on April 6th at Woodland Hall on Maxweltion Road. Ken and Nancy had planned a community celebration of their marriage, but that was never realized. In its place the family invites all who knew and loved Ken to join in a celebration of his life following the memorial. Guests are invited to bring a beverage or dessert to share, to accompany a meal that will be served, and dancing shoes will be appropriate. The family would appreciate a message of intent to attend the celebration so that they can plan accordingly.