A group of Mike's friends (Jan Gee,
Bob Brown, Steve O'Ban, Bob Gee, Guy Dale Knight, The Rev. Dr. Francis
Jeffery, and Tom Henderson) have come together to raise funds to help
Charlotte with expenses not covered by insurance. You can help
too by making a donation. Click on the Donate button and you will be
taken to a PayPal page where you can make your donation either with your
own PayPal account or by credit card (look for the blue
link in the bottom center of the page) if you wish. PayPal will NOT
disclose your credit card information to us in either event. Please note
that the confirmation email you receive from PayPal will indicate that
you made a donation to Guy Knight
firstname.lastname@example.org. This is because Guy Dale Knight is
the treasurer for this fundraising effort and it is his name that is on
the PayPal account. Guy Dale Knight is responsible for transferring the
funds from the PayPal account to the checking account setup for this
effort, and for disbursing those funds to Charlotte Carrell.
If you prefer to send a check please make it payable to Mike Carrell Medical Assistance Fund and send it to:
Mike Carrell Medical Assistance Fund
Carrell was born April 10, 1944. A lifelong Tacoma-area resident, Carrell received his bachelor’s degree in education from Pacific Lutheran University and conducted his post-graduate studies in science. Turning his passion for learning into a career, Carrell taught math and science at the junior high, high school and college level before his retirement.
Making his home in Lakewood with his wife, Charlotte, they raised their four sons to adulthood before losing one son, Mark, to a heart condition at the age of 27. Carrell was first elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 1994, and spent ten years in the House before being elected to the Washington State Senate in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
During his 19-year service, Carrell was instrumental in passing such legislation as the “Becca” bill to help at-risk youth, prison and supervision reform, “fair-share” offender release, mental health system reform and worker protection, welfare reform, ethics in public service laws, veteran and military benefit improvements, and many more.
Carrell could see history that needed preservation where others saw only dilapidation. That led to his efforts to restore the grounds of Western State Hospital, identify the occupants of thousands of unmarked graves in its nearby cemetery, protect Fort Steilacoom’s historic parade grounds, and restore DuPont’s historic narrow-gauge dynamite train.
A car enthusiast and animal lover, Carrell spent much of his free time restoring his three Triumph automobiles and training his beloved German Shepherds. Carrell was also an avid gardener, maintaining his own greenhouse full of lemons, grapefruits and hibiscus.
After being diagnosed with a pre-cancerous blood condition in early 2013, Carrell returned home to the Lord after a brief but valiant battle with myelodysplastic syndrome. In addition to his wife, Carrell is survived by sons Matthew, Larry and Carlton, and five grandchildren.
Flowers and other
remembrances can be delivered to his office at P.O. Box 40428, Olympia,