Carlos Platon Tornes

Date of Birth

August 23, 1937

Date of Death

August 12, 2021

Carlos Platon Tornes, was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, friend and neighbor. His beautiful smile, wisdom, humor, and care for others will be dearly missed. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side.

Born in Georgetown Hospital in Washington D.C., Carlos was the son of Cuban born Carlos P. Tornes I, and pianist Edna Louise Sullivan. He had three sisters, Elena, Talulah and DeeDee. When Carlos turned eighteen he joined the United States Navy. He loved reminiscing about the time he spent in the North Atlantic on the Intrepid AirCraft Carrier.

He left the Navy with an Honorable Discharge, and began working at Sears Roebuck in Baltimore, where he met the love of his life, Joan Marie Deinlein. They were married and had three children Christina, Michele and Carlos III.

Carlos loved to ride motorcycles, skin dive, play golf, tennis, and chess. He was also a huge patron of the arts, always going to the opera, ballet, and symphony. He was an artist himself; a saxophone player, poet, and abstract painter.

Carlos is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan, his children Christina (Tim Korner), Michele, Carlos III, and his favorite and only grandchild, Ciara Isabella Tolliver (Paul Tolliver, father). In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Catholic Charities.

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 18th at 11:30 am. Taking place at Saint Joseph’s Church, 1532 Linden Ave Carpinteria, CA 93013.


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