Otis James Carmichael Jr.

October 9, 1968June 7, 2013

Otis James Carmichael, Jr. October 9, 1968 ~ June 7, 2013

Otis James Carmichael, Jr., of West Covina, CA went home to be with the Lord, June 7, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois, following a tragic accident.

Otis was born in Fort Ord, CA, October 9, 1968. He was raised in Seaside, CA and attended Highland Elementary School, Martin Luther King JR, Junior High School, and graduated from Seaside High School in 1987.

Otis and Maria met July 28, 1988 and were inseparable for several years. They were married July 26, 1997 and had been married for 15 years.

Otis pursued his Bachelor’s in Sociology following attending MPC and Whittier College as a non-traditional student. Also, as a result of his athleticism, he played football at both schools and contributed to their winning championships.

Otis worked as a Mental Health Worked helping children and their families deal with behavioral problems and mental disorders. He had just completed his second year of a four year program at Azusa Pacific University in his pursuit of a Master’s in Social Work to becoming a clinician. He appreciated all the knowledge he acquired in class and his first placement at Metro State Hospital.

Otis is survived by his wife, Maria Modesta Carmichael; three children, Annalyssa, Elexix, and Idrique Carmichael. He is survived by his father, Otis James (Ruby) Carmichael, Sr. and his mother, Joann (Alfred) Kenney; and Godfather, John Nash, Jr. He is also survived by his sister, Anji, (Rick) Brown, brother, Nathaniel and his daughter, Naiya; a nephew, Tre and niece, Adrianna, and millions of family and friends who loved him.


  • Visitation Friday, June 28, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 29, 2013

Otis James Carmichael Jr.

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carrie .mcIntosh

December 9, 2013

Hey o.j. you know you will be missed. I bet your teaching the lord how to do the prep. Love you brother

Michael Alarcon

July 17, 2013

I am extremely shocked and saddened to hear about this. OJ was a teammate of mine at Whittier. He as a great athlete but I'll remember him most for the love of his family(only a few teammates actually had a wife and kids) and his friendy personality. He always had a smile on his face and he loved life. My condolences go out to his family, may you cherish the memories of a really great man.

Nancy Torres

June 28, 2013

Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy....take comfort in your memories and know you will be together once again. May he rest in Peace....

Regina Blakely

June 28, 2013

My deepest condolences to Maria, the kids and the rest of the family. O.J. was a very sweet young man who will truly be missed. May God be with you and your entire family during this sad time.

Darrin Thomas

June 28, 2013

Darrin Thomas and Marie Buentipo send our condolences to family... He was my friend and brother! Good person! Live in Peace OJ!