Carl Ford Owen

Carl Ford Owen of San Miguel de Allende, Mex­ico, died on October 4th, 2016, of complications from alcohol addiction.

He was born on August 15th, 1944, in Pittsburgh PA, the youngest son of Elsie (Mc­Greevey) and E. Ford Owen. He graduated from Poland (Ohio) High School in 1962, and Bowl­ing Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in education.

Carl began his work­ing life as an industrial arts teacher in the Tole­do public schools. After his divorce in 1971, Carl traveled in Central and South America. About this time he began to pur­sue drawing and oil paint­ing. Skilled with wood and metal shop tools, Carl held various jobs in Colorado and southern California before set­tling in the San Francisco area. Recurring cluster migraine headaches led to an early retirement, in the mid-1990s, from his work as a machinist at the Lawrence Berkeley Labo­ratories.

In his life in the Bay Area, Carl had many friends in the art com­munity. He was a regular attendee at the annual Burning Man gathering, before moving perma­nently to Mexico in 2003.

The birth of his grandchildren was a highlight of Carl’s life, and he visited New Hampshire to see them when they were small. He called his grand­son Burton his "right hand man," and his granddaughter Helen his "little love bug."

Carl leaves his son Chris and daughter-in-law Eleanor of Wilton, NH; a grandson Burton and a granddaughter Hel­en; his brothers Jay Owen of Palm Coast, FL, and Mark Owen of Bridge­port, WV; 5 nephews and 1 niece. He was pre-de­ceased by his parents and by a nephew, Douglas Jay Owen.

Carl’s ashes will be driven north from Mexico in his 1981 Ford Crown Victoria; a service of re­membrance and scatter­ing of ashes will occur at the Lula Lake Land Trust in north Georgia in Au­gust