Carrol Eugene Rice, 88, a native of Hardy County, Arkansas, and a resident of the Central Valley since the age of 13, passed away in Fresno on Monday, May 13, 2019. Carrol grew up in Hanford, California where he graduated from Hanford High School. He later served in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean War. Returning to Hanford following his Military Service: he worked for the U.S. Postal Service: and along with his wife, Danna operated Child Day Care Nursery Schools in Kings County during the 1970’s and 1980’s. A man who liked to keep busy he also sold insurance and automobiles for a time. In the community, he attended Glad Tidings Church in Hanford. Retiring from the Post Office and selling their nursery schools he and his wife relocated to Oakhurst where he went to work in Yosemite National Park as a member of the Teamsters Union driving the trams to the Big Trees for the tourists and helped in traffic control in the park. His good-natured personality was a good fit as an ambassador for good will in the Park.
In addition to his parents, Carrol was preceded in death by his wife Danna in 2006 and by a sister Alta.
Carrol is survived by his two sons, Hannie Rice and Randy Rice both of Las Vegas. He is the brother of Dale Rice of Arroyo Grande, Ca and Norman Rice of Minnesota. He is the grandfather of Justin and Landon Rice and survived by two great grandchildren, Kirsten and Cody Rice.
A Memorial Gathering and Service will be held; on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Gettysburg Park, 2995 Burl Avenue, Clovis, CA 93619 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM