Obituary of Kenneth Eugene McCarthy
Kenneth Eugene McCarthy passed away on Jan. 31, 2016 after a brave battle with melanoma. He was 67.
A long time resident of Nevada County and beloved high school math teacher, Ken will be remembered for his sense of humor and caring demeanor.
Ken was born Dec. 25, 1948 in Culver City, California to Eugene and Patricia McCarthy. Ken attended Saint Monica’s High School and graduated in 1967. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Chico State University in 1977. He then married and had two children, Heather and Kiersten, and ultimately settled in Nevada City in 1985, after getting a teaching position at Nevada Union High School.
He taught high school math for 30 years and was well liked by his students for his quirky math lessons and unending jokes. He lovingly referred to his students as ‘wingnuts’ and ‘zombies’ and his classroom aisles as a ‘baggage claim.’ He challenged his students with underwater BB stacking problems, auctioned off knick-knacks and photos from his house and baked his students very berry muffins on Fridays. After his retirement in 2006, his former students maintained a McCarthy Fan Club page on Facebook and filled the site with ‘McCarthyisms’, McCarthy sightings and stories.
In his personal life, Ken enjoyed mountain biking, sailing, collecting antiques, fishing and tirelessly working on his Volvos. He spent endless hours at pick-n-pulls far and wide looking for Volvo parts with his best friend, John. In Nevada City, he was famous for his back deck BBQs and highly sought after Christmas Kahlua in peculiar glass bottles. He spent his time traveling between his sail boat in Point Richmond, his cabins in Mammoth Lakes and the homes of his daughters in Oregon and Washington. In his last couple years, he relished his new role as grandfather and doted on his granddaughter, Kessa.
Ken is survived by his daughters, Heather and Kiersten; son-in-laws, Chris and Arron; granddaughter Kessa; father Eugene; sisters, Maureen and Karen; brother Patrick; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother Patricia; and brother Timothy.
His family and friends will miss Ken and his passion for life, dearly.
Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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