Carol Ann East
January 1, 1941 – January 4, 2021
Carol Ann Olsen was born to Eric and June Olsen on January 1st, 1941, and passed away at the age of 80 on January 4th, 2021.
Carol was a dedicated and accomplished scholar, graduating from Washington Union High School in Easton in 1958 in the top of her class, and graduated with honors from Fresno State in 1962.
In 1961, Carol married David Denny. They had a daughter, Kjirsti, together. Carol married Jay East, blending a family including children from their previous marriages: Mark, Reg, Janis, Kjirsti, and later welcomed their child Amy.
During her 36 year career as a second grade teacher and respected mentor, Carol helped many students and teachers. Fighting for students’ best interests, and serving as a delegate for the CTA for many years, she attended conferences throughout the USA. Even after her long career in the classroom, Carol continued to advocate for teachers’ rights, becoming a supporter and organizer for the CAL-RTA Association, coordinating functions and helping manage events and educational opportunities.
In her vacation time, Carol loved to have fun! For many years she was involved in the Washington Union Alumni Band, performing around the valley and at the coast. Carol was a “Queen-Mother” in the Red Hat Society, and enjoyed many fun outings with members who were both family and friends. An avid traveler, Carol ventured everywhere from Ireland to France, DC to Alaska, to a riverboat cruise down the Mississippi. She even took to a solo expedition, fulfilling a dream of visiting the wild animal park in Colorado, and seeing beloved cousins in Colorado as well. Such was Carol’s quest and journey. She enjoyed spending time at the beach with close friends and family, working jigsaw puzzles, and reading. A life-long learner, Carol enjoyed attending town hall lectures, and was an avid supporter of Fresno State Football.
Carol is survived by her husband Jay; daughter Kjirsti (Marvin), grandchildren Samuel and Daniel; daughter Amy; step-son Reg (Nancy), grandchildren Oliver and Kassandra (Kenny) and two great-grandchildren; brother Jim (Julie); and nephew Joshua and his family. Carol was deeply loved by many people. We only wish we would’ve had more time to share that love.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Project Survival’s Cat Haven.
A private family graveside service will be held at Washington Colony Cemetery. Due to COVID restrictions, the service will be immediate family only. The family will host a celebratory remembrance of life when we can all be together.