Carl Lee Reece
1944 - 2017
Carl Lee Reece passed away peacefully the early morning of June 16, 2017, at Serenity House in Santa Barbara, California. Born August 27, 1944 in Concordia, Kansas, he was son of Jack and Alice Belle Reece. He grew up in Scandia, Kansas, where he created fond memories with friends and family. He married Gloria Lamia, August 20, 1967 in Ellsworth, Kansas.
Carl received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Hays University in Hays, Kansas. He worked for Baxter Laboratories for two years, then, to fulfill his desire to teach business education, he left the world of business to accept a teaching position at Porterville High School in Porterville, California. As Department Chairperson, he was instrumental in the creation of the Porterville Academy of Business and especially enjoyed teaching the entrepreneurial program and accounting. He was known as a go-getter, who always thought of his students first! He also coached golf, basketball and football. In 2004, he retired and moved to Santa Barbara, California where he enjoyed bicycling in the mountains, ocean kayaking, and he was the treasure for his HOA.
Carl’s quick wit and sense of humor brightened the lives of family and friends. His clever comments are remembered and always stir-up laughter.
Carl is survived by two sisters, Linda and Sue and their respective families in Scandia, Kansas and his life partner, Gloria Reece of Santa Barbara, California.
A private family service will be held to celebrate Carl’s life.
Donations in Carl’s memory can be made to Porterville High School with the Memo: “Carl Reece Scholarship Fund.” Gloria will forward or checks can be sent directly to Porterville High School. Gloria Reece, 355 Por La Mar Circle, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.
A special thanks to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care as well as Serenity House staff for Carl’s excellent care and a peaceful journey.