Richard Wells Carrow

September 16, 1932 ~ March 10, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old


Dick was born in Pocatello, Idaho to Melba Allen and Frank Wells Carrow. He was raised with his older brother, Robert Allen Carrow.
Dick is proceeded in death by his wife, Marjorie Jean Webb Carrow and their son, Bradley Gene Carrow. He is survived by daughter Catherine Lee Carrow (Daniel Harbison), and two grandchildren; IntiMayo Carrow Harbison (Ariel) and Xochiyollotl Carrow Harbison.

Dick graduated from Torrance High School and attended El Camino College in California before attending the College of Idaho where he graduated in 1954. He started his teaching and coaching career at Fruitland High School that fall, followed by Caldwell High School and Borah High School. In the fall of 1961 he came to the College of Idaho as head basketball coach and professor. He earned a Masters Degree from University of Southern California and a PhD from Arizona State University. He retired from the C of I after more than two decades teaching countless activity courses from golf and tennis to backpacking and orienteering. He enjoyed teaching academic classes to PE majors including anatomy and physiology, kinesiology of exercise, and methods of coaching. In addition to these teaching duties Dick continued on as head basketball coach, he also coached track, football, and tennis and served as Athletic Director. After retirement from the C of I Dick worked for the United States Sports Academy, first in Saudi Arabia, followed by numerous locations around the world. He returned to the states to work at the main campus of the Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama as a professor and eventually as a vice president.

Dick and Marge returned home to the Treasure Valley in the mid-90’s to be closer to family and friends. Dick resumed the outdoor activities he had always enjoyed with those he loved; golf, tennis, canoeing, camping, and fishing. He stayed involved in College of Idaho athletics and loved every minute he spent on a field or a court. The lifelong friendships he made at the College, both as a student athlete and as a coach and instructor, were treasured.

Dick worked hard, he was focused and persistent. He also believed in the importance of play and included it in every day. He was patient, kind, generous, and fair. Dick Carrow embodied the meaning of sportsmanlike in the truest sense of the word.

Dick was a son, a brother, a husband, a dad, a grampy, a friend, a teacher, a coach, and a mentor. He will be remembered as loving and full of fun in all of these roles. He filled life with adventure, laughter, and joy.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Simplot South on the College of Idaho campus on Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m.. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the College of Idaho Dick Carrow Basketball Scholarship Fund.

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