Michael Anthony Carr, of Washington, DC, passed peacefully at home in the company of his family on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in the District of Columbia on July 23, 1963, and was a graduate of Blessed Sacrament School, Gonzaga College High School and the University of Maryland, College Park. In June 1992, Michael married the love of his life, Lisa Manheimer. They were the proud parents of two sons, Joseph Franklin and John Griffith. Michael served in the United States Marines Corps from 1981 until 1985 and continued his military career as a naval aviator. He was a veteran of the Persian Gulf War, ending his service in the US Navy at the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
After leaving the Navy in 1996, Michael embarked upon a career as a pilot with Delta Airlines, achieving the rank of Captain of the Boeing 737. Michael''s distinctive force in this world was his joy in connecting with people everywhere he went; his love of life and the people that inhabited his journey through it were his everything. He had a gift for maintaining ties from every stage of his life, going back to his days hanging out with his neighborhood gang in Rock Alley, shenanigans with his high school friends from Eye Street, and flying with his Navy and Delta buddies. He collected friends throughout his Naval career-starting with his training days, in the VAW-124 squadron flying the E2-C Hawkeye, and concluding as a flight instructor teaching students to land on aircraft carriers in the T-45 Goshawk. Michael took great pleasure and found deep meaning in spending time with his sons, his wife, family and close friends. His adventurous spirit took him around the world. He loved his bi-annual family camping trips, snowboarding, hiking with his beloved dogs Ajax and Biggie, and discovering delicious eats. Michael was predeceased by his mother, Milagros J. Carr. He is survived by his wife, Lisa; his sons, Joe and John; his father Robert F. Carr II, and his siblings, Chris and his wife Peggy, Tina and her partner Susan Wattik, Rob and his wife Missy, and Sarah and her husband John Windmuller. He was the devoted uncle to 11 nieces and nephews, two grand-nephews and one grand-niece. He also leaves behind many extended family members who loved him both here and in the Philippines. Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 3630 Quesada Street, NW, Washington, DC. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we encourage a donation to St. Jude Children''s Research Hospital or PanCan.org.
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