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