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R. Carl Reynolds

June 26, 1930 ~ November 6, 2020 (age 90)


Born June 26th 1930 in Dalhart Texas to Claudie Vio (Randel) and Albert Burien Reynolds. He passed from a stroke on November 6, 2020.

Carl found his lifelong friend in Deirdre Chase who he married on August 29, 1954. They enjoyed each other’s company for over 66 years and they never stopped holding hands.

Carl was a peacemaker; always working to make our world a better place. Through his career as a pastor at many American Baptist churches (listed below). As a 40+ year member of Kiwanis serving many times as an officer. In his writing and participation in community action as a volunteer.

He lived a life of integrity and service. He communicated his values as a husband, father, grand and great-great grandfather, sibling and friend.

Always viewed by others as a man of calm good humor. Dad was an amazing family man, willing to play on the floor, and every family gathering included board and card games. His sense of humor included word play and silly tricks. The family camped, hiked and backpacked continually as the kids grew up. Carl and Deirdre continued to camp and hike with a love of the great Northwest and the beauty of nature.  

Carl and Deirdre loved the Oregon Coast. In 1993 they moved to Lincoln City when Carl was chosen to serve as the half time pastor at First Baptist Church. They became active members of the community. Currently they are members of Congregational Church of Lincoln City.

Music was always a big part of Carl’s life. He sang in many church choirs and a joy in his retirement is singing with his quartet.

Carl had a special relationship with his siblings, He had lunch with his older sister Duffy the day before his stroke and spent 30 years on an annual fishing trip to Diamond Lake with his brother Gayle. Catching fish wasn’t a requirement. Brother, Gayle (Mary Lou) Reynolds of Chico CA and Sister, Edith (Duffy) Reynolds of McMinnville OR

Carl is survived by his wife Deirdre and their four children, Mark (Kathy) Reynolds of Peachtree City GA, Diane Rheos, Portland OR, Sharon Matti, Salem OR, Trena (Keith) Reynolds of Homosassa FL and 11 Grandchildren, 17 Great-Grandchildren, 3 Great-Great-Grandchildren.

Carl graduated from Linfield College in 1956 with a BA Sociology. He received a Masters of Divinity in 1959 from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. In 1968 he received a Pastoral Counseling Certificate from The Menninger Clinic, Topeka KN. Carl served in the US Army as a Corporal during the Korean War 1951 to 1953

As an ordained American Baptist Pastor Carl served the following Churches:

·         First Baptist Church, Bremerton WA 1959

·         Panther Lake Community Church, Kent WA 1959-1967

·         Central Congregational Church Topeka KN 1967-1968

·         Director of the Christian Counseling Institute, Eugene OR 1968-1972

·         First Baptist Church, Cottage Grove OR (interim) 1970

·         Emerald Baptist Church, Eugene OR (interim) 1983

·         Clearfield Community Church, East Clearfield Utah 1983-1984

·         First Baptist Church, Oregon City OR 1984-1987

·         First Baptist Church, Idaho Falls, ID 1987-1993

·         First Baptist Church, Lincoln City OR 1993-1998

As a man of peace Carl would like memorial gifts to go towards creating a peaceful world:

For credit card donations: Peace Village Global at Please enter Carl Reynolds

Deirdre would prefer donations be made through the church when possible. Donations may be mailed to Congregational Church of Lincoln City, 2435 NW Oar St, Lincoln City OR 37367. A memorial gift needs to note that it is in memory of Carl Reynolds, for Peace Village Global.

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