Carl David McNair, 61, of Bossier City, LA, passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019 in Minden, LA after a long struggle with cancer.
Carl was born on April 6, 1957 in San Antonio, TX, the second son of Ernest and Tillie (Willborn) McNair. Carl graduated from Airline High School in 1975 and married Evelyn Buchanan a year later. They had one son, David.
Carl was a man of many passions; photography, gunsmithing, and amateur radio. Known widely through the local HAM community, Carl (KB5WMY) was a regular attendee at local hamfests. During Hurricane Katrina, he volunteered at the Bossier Parish 911 center and successfully coordinated dozens of rescues. The US Coast Guard presented him with an award for saving lives in the aftermath of the hurricane. Carl is survived by his son David (& Kelly) McNair; grandchildren, Jonathan, Bryan and Andrew McNair; parents, Ernest and Tillie McNair; and siblings, Gene McNair and Jessica McNair. The family would like to give special thanks to Glenna Monday, who has provided many years of companionship, and to Don Cota, who has stayed by Carl’s side much of these last few weeks. Thanks also to the doctors and staff of Meadowview Health and Rehab Center and LSU Medical Center for providing Carl with the best possible care.
There will be a graveside service at Hill Crest Memorial Park, 601 Hwy 80 East, Haughton, LA on Saturday, March 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM. A Visitation will be held on Friday evening, the 15th, between 5:00 & 7:00 PM, within the State Room, also at Hill Crest.
Carl was a great Elmer to all of us newer Hams. He would make us go through training and quizzes to bring us to a level where we would one day be able to Elmer new Hams! Carl was also a Distance record holder for 2m Meteor Scatter-2,496km confirmed back in 1998! He was a generous and dedicated member about a half dozen clubs.