McKay Carson Obituary

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McKay Carson

June 11, 1921 - February 19, 2014
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Obituary of McKay Carson McKay Carson was born in Charleroi, PA on June 11, 1921. His parents were Harry W. Carson and Leola Frye. He had a brother, Elwood, who passed away from appendicitis. A sister , Mary Eunice, still living in Ebensburg, PA with husband, Richard Rossman. They have 5 children. He attended California Teachers College of PA for 2 years before transferring to Pennsylvania State College. His college education was interrupted during World War II when McKay entered the US Air Corps as an aircraft mechanic. Upon returning from the service to Pennsylvania State College for his final year, he graduated from the School...
Obituary of McKay Carson

McKay Carson was born in Charleroi, PA on June 11, 1921. His parents were Harry W. Carson and Leola Frye. He had a brother, Elwood, who passed away from appendicitis. A sister , Mary Eunice, still living in Ebensburg, PA with husband, Richard Rossman. They have 5 children.


He attended California Teachers College of PA for 2 years before transferring to Pennsylvania State College. His college education was interrupted during World War II when McKay entered the US Air Corps as an aircraft mechanic. Upon returning from the service to Pennsylvania State College for his final year, he graduated from the School of Forestry in 1947. It was while he was at Penn State he met his bride to be, Betty Maynard, and they graduated together. They were married the following spring,and had 3 children--Sharon, Eric and Barry.

He was partner in and managed Paint Creek Nurseries (Clarion County PA) where they grew Christmas Tree Seedlings and evergreen ornamentals for 11 years. During this time, he was active in community and church activities, being on the school board for Clarion County and helping organize the PTA (Parent Teacher's Association). He also, along with Betty and several friends, helped organize a Bi-County Alumni Chapter of Penn State.

McKay was active in churches wherever they lived as Sunday School Teacher , Elder, etc. In 1950 McKay enrolled at Syracuse University where he received a Masters Degree in Forestry.

They lived in the Greensburg area of PA where he worked as a business manager for Penn Line Service for 19 years building the Interstate Highway Program in 7 states . He managed 6 supervisors where their crews did seeding and planting, guardrails, signs, and lighting along the highways.

In 1964, he was asked to choose several of the best White pine in Cook's Forest.


"For assisting in the selection of five magnificent Old-growth White Pine in Cook Forest State Park. Clarion County PA in 1962. Forty Three white pine, grown from scions selected from these five ancient trees, have produced millions of seeds in a carefully tended orchard at the Bureau of Forestry's Penn Nursery near Potter's Mills. Further, tree seedlings grown from seeds produced by this orchard now thrive on public and private forestland throughout Pennsylvania! For your very able assistance and dedication to the goals of the Bureau of Forestry's Tree Improvement Program and for your excellent Judgment in white pine selection, this award is presented in grateful appreciation." Cook Forest State Park, Cooksburg, PA – Summer 2006


McKay also worked with his two sons in scouting. He was a lover of the outdoors and enjoyed scout-organized activities. His sons progressed from Cub Scouts to Eagle Scout. The entire family enjoyed camping and travel which aided in the development of well-rounded offspring.

McKay and Betty retired to live in Fort Myers FL, which was home for 28 years. Here he was active in Church work and lead the Fort Myers Alumni Chapter of The Penn State University. McKay continued to play tennis and both McKay and Betty enjoyed traveling, card playing, fishing, and boating. As their health began to decline, they moved to Melbourne, FL to be closer to their son Eric.

Throughout his life, McKay maintained an avid interest in people, their lives, their families, their hopes, and dreams. He was also a keen observer of the natural world and taught his children and grandchildren the wonderful ways of forests and wildlife. He also continued to maintain his lifelong interest in poetry, which began in high school and continued throughout his life. Many of his favorite poems he committed to memory and could recite these up until his final days. At the Century Oaks Retirement Home, he was honored as their resident "Poet Laureate".

McKay passed away on February 19th, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty, sister, Mary Eunice, sons Eric (Carla) of Melbourne Florida, and Barry (Carol) of Camas Washington, daughter Sharon of Chelan Washington, and grandchildren, Alexis, Ben, Erin, Devon, Jillian, and five nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial be made in his name to a charity of your choice.

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"To Betty and family, Heaven has a new resident and such a special person he was. I remember his sunny smile and his kindness. When we lived next to your..." Alana & Dick O'Kelly (Tucson, AZ)

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