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Carl Richard Molitor
May 20, 1937 ~ September 25, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
Carl Richard Molitor, affectionately known by his boyhood friends as "Molly", was born on May 20, 1937, in Passaic, New Jersey, to parents Carl and Marie Molitor. Raised in the quaint town of Little Falls, New Jersey, Carl's industrious spirit shone early on, whether he was mowing neighborhood lawns, running his newspaper route or assisting at the local gas station.
Carl was previously married to Ruth Kik. After their college years, they raised four beloved children in California.
Carl's academic journey saw him graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson College with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His profession carried him across various states on the East Coast, but eventually, the sunny state of California became his primary career base. His significant contributions to the Apollo program for NASA were noteworthy. Over the years, Carl worked diligently for defense giants such as Lockheed, SDC, Bunker Ramo, and Raytheon. Later, as a consultant for SM&A, he specialized in aiding defense contractors secure government contracts—a task he pursued relentlessly. He retired in 2007 as a Vice President of SM&A.
Carl and his wife Margi have spent the last 28 years in Tucson, Arizona and in 2012 spent their summers in Buena Vista. The couple embraced hiking, church gatherings and small town life. Carl's penchant for a savory hot pretzel with mustard was well known in the family. It is also here where Carl came to faith in Jesus Christ and endeavored to read through the Bible.
Even in his later years, Carl's unmistakable presence was felt as he rode his four-decade-old white Honda Helix scooter around town. Whether donning his iconic red Trump hat, brandishing the American flag, or singing "God Bless America", Carl was an unmistakable beacon of patriotic fervor. His later life's mission, passionately striving to "Make America Great Again", was a testament to his unwavering belief in the potential of his fellow Americans.
Carl passed away peacefully at his Tucson home, with Margi, his loving wife, by his side.
A memorial service will be held in Carl's honor on October 15th at 2:30 PM at the Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 518 S San Juan Ave, Buena Vista, CO 81211.
Carl leaves behind his devoted wife, Margi; his children Karen Cohen, Kristina Molitor, Ritchie and Betsy Molitor, and Julie Molitor; and his brother, Robert Molitor. He was a proud grandfather to Beth and Chris Lejeune, Emily and Tyler Rubio, Brian Cohen, Karissa, Charlie, RJ, Mary May, Kik, Ruthie, Walter, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Lillian, Charlotte, and Kathryn Molitor. He was also blessed with great-grandchildren: Mason, Landon, Piper, and Roland.