Dr. Marion Martin Carnes

Carnes Enlarge photo


Durango resident Dr. Marion Martin Carnes died of cancer Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, in Durango. He was 92.

Dr. Carnes was born Dec. 11, 1919, in Coffeyville, Kan., to Marion and Katherine (Carden) Carnes. He was one of four boys. The Carnes family lived for many years in Manitou Springs.

On Jan. 12, 1940, he graduated from Navy Hospital Corps School in San Diego. During World War II, he served as a chief pharmacist’s mate from Sept. 8, 1939, to Jan. 4, 1946, and was stationed in Sydney.

In 1946, he graduated from Moberly Junior College in Moberly, Mo., going on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in 1949. He graduated from CU’s School of Medicine in June 1952.

Dr. Carnes was a member of Beta Mu chapter of Sigma Chi, Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society and Phi Rho Sigma Grand Chapter.

On March 19, 1951, he married Mac Beth Hudson in Branson.

After earning his medical degree, Dr. Carnes was an anesthesiologist in the Army until 1962. He did one tour in Korea after the war and during Project Mercury, was stationed on the aircraft carrier that recovered astronaut John Glenn after his historic flight.

He worked as an anesthesiologist in Wheat Ridge before the Carnes family moved to Durango in 1969. He retired in August 1986.

Dr. Carnes lived in Hermosa for 42 years.

“Marion had a fantastic sense of humor,” his family said. “He was often involved in roasts for the Durango medical community and put a lot of effort into preparation. He touched the lives of many people and made each person feel special. He was kind and considerate of all.”

Dr. Carnes and his wife raised bulldogs, then golden retrievers. He was an avid reader and faithfully did the Friday Wall Street Journal crossword puzzle. He enjoyed golfing, skiing and camping. In his later years, his constant companions were his dogs Poco, a Welsh corgi, then Sparky, a Pomeranian.

“His widower years were made pleasant by many friends that became very close to Marion,” his family said. “They enjoyed their walks (which contributed to his longevity), good conversation and cards. He played in different bridge groups in the Durango area.”

Dr. Carnes was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Mac Beth Carnes, in July 2000.

He is survived by his son, Don Carnes, of Sioux City, Iowa; two grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.

Cremation will occur. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave. A reception will be held afterward.

Memorial contributions may be made to the La Plata County Humane Society, 1111 South Camino del Rio, Durango, CO 81303.