CASA GRANDE — Leo Eugene "Gene" Carron, 80, died peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, on Jan. 7, 2022.

Mr. Carron was born in Tucson on July 30, 1941, to Paul and Hilda Carron. He moved to Casa Grande in 1947. After graduating from Casa Grande Union High School, he went to Eastern Arizona College and then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Arizona State University. He then attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received a Master of Theology degree with honors. During his second year of seminary he met a seminary student named Nina Ayres. They married on Aug. 3, 1968. After graduating seminary in 1969, they moved back to Casa Grande.

He held a variety of jobs during his lifetime, including working with adults with mild intellectual disabilities for the Arizona Department of Economic Security and owning a print shop, but he spent his last 12 working years as the librarian at Eloy Detention Center. Many inmates would come to the library and ask him about his religious beliefs, and despite his boss’s reprimands, he would tell them about Jesus.

Without a doubt, his two favorite things on this earth were his family and his local church body. He was a deacon at Trinity Southern Baptist Church for over 40 years, director of church training and taught Sunday school for many years. If the church doors were open, he was there. When he wasn’t at work or church, he loved to work on cars, ride motorcycles (until Nina convinced him to stop), root for the ASU football team and read his Bible.

He was married to Nina for 53 years, and in addition to his wife is survived by two daughters and a son, Jeannie, Paul and Lisa; a brother, Bill; and six grandchildren.

Memorial service at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, at Trinity Southern Baptist Church in Casa Grande.

Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

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