David Edgar Carman

April 24, 2015

4-24-15 OBIT CarmanHusband, Father, A good friend and help to many. We will miss you. David Edgar Carman, age 60, passed on to his Heavenly Home on February 26, 2015, at the Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland, MI.

He had a hard fight with a severe infection, stroke, and a bad heart. He was born September 15, 1954 to Donald & Marie Carman in Saginaw, Michigan. He considered his birthday to be a “national holiday”, as it was the opening day of squirrel season. David loved to hunt as well as fish. He had many unusual stories of his hunting and fishing exploits. Life with David was never dull or uninteresting. Whenever he would meet someone he would strike up a conversation with them, and would eventually ask if they like to fish, then ask if they wanted to go fishing with him. If he ever asked you, go out and catch a fish for him in his honor.

He spent most of his life in the Chesaning, MI area. After marriage, he lived in Lake, Michigan on a lake. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Nancy (Pearson) Carman; they were married on December 6, 1997 in Brinton, MI. Also surviving are their four children, David Jr., 13, Alexis, 12, Kayden, 8 and Susie, 6 years old. Also, he is survived by; his two brothers and one sister and their spouses, John (Mary) Carman of Owosso, Donald Jr, (Jennifer) Carman of Henderson, and Diane Sweeny of Venice, Florida, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In his lifetime he held many jobs, and lived in several different states. He was a self-employed painter, for a time ran a game room for the youth in Illinois, called the Simple Room. He was a children’s advocate, he did volunteer work in many capacities to help build churches, and spent a year with the Olive Branch Mission in Chicago, Illinois, foster-parent of many children, and well-remembered for his clowning ministry. He was also known locally as “the balloon man”. His clown, “Eutychus” and his wife’s character, “Miss Iona Ray” lived for 3 years plus, from 1998-2001 plus.

Fibromyalgia put an end to his make-up and arthritis made the balloons difficult for him. On every balloon twisted, were written these words: “Jesus Loves You!” He always made each balloon a show in itself. Especially when he would perform “Jonah and the Whale”.

David wanted to be remembered as a “helper”. He always wanted to help as many people as he could. Sometimes having his “heart bigger than his brain”. He was always a giver.
A small service was held on March 7, 2015 at the Racy Free Methodist Church in Elsie, MI.

Another service will be held on May 9 at the Clare Assembly of God at 10:00 a.m. If you would care to make a donation to St. Jude’s children’s hospital, he would have liked that.

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