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Don Carrier


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Don Carrier joined the L.A. Pool League in the mid 1970s and remained a supporter of our activities until his passing on February 8, 2014 in Las Vegas - two days after his 66th birthday.

He was a child pool prodigy and during his active membership, he displayed his talents as a gifted player, instructor and mentor to many of his fellow League players.

He gave numerous seminars during and after relocating from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. He offered substantial financial and personal support to our hosted West Coast Challenges, Tribute events, and the League's booths at Christopher Street West.

He was a central figure in the organization of the 110 attendee LAPL Sponsor's Appreciation Dinner in 1986 held at the New York Company; the Frank Bustamante Tribute (December 2009); and the Joe Dreibus Lucky Draw Luncheon (October 2011) at the Sportsman's Lodge. His seminar was attended by more than eighty members.

Over the course of many years, Don gave pro bono pool lessons for individual players and teams. He considered this to be just one of the ways he could contribute to the strength and spirit of our League.

One of his proudest projects was the creation of LAPL AIDS Quilt panels with Bob Ames. The four panels were displayed at our 25th Anniversary Party at the Sportsman's Lodge and eventually sewn into the National AIDS Quilt.

Many of our players from that era credit Don with the inspiration to join the League and pursue the sport. His unselfish demeanor and sense of decency were the hallmarks of his character and personality.

We offer our heartfelt condolences to his husband René.

Jeffrey Hersh
Member since 1981

Anyone wishing to send a sympathy note to Don's husband should use this address:

René de Guzman
1541 Canyon Ledge Court
Las Vegas NV 89117-1491

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