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Carl Lee Rabun , Jr.
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to AfricanAmericansAgainstAlzheimer's (an affiliate nonprofit of UsAgainstAlzheimer's).
  • AfricanAmericansAgainstAlzheimer's
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Breakfast Group, an organization of civic minded professional African-American men dedicated to mentoring and addressing the challenges of at-risk youth of color.
  • The Breakfast Group
    Seattle, WA

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“To Carl's Family I was a colleague of Carl's and always remember him as a committed man to his family and to public service. I am saddened to learn...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Michael Grochowski - Supply, NC

“Carl Rabun was a long time Breakfast Group member & board member (over 20 years) , who served the organization's mission of mentoring & advocating...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Dan Hudson - Bothell, WA - Friend

“The world has loss a very good man. Carl was my boss, mentor and friend for several years while we were working at Social Security Administration. ...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Stanley Friendship - Newcastle, WA

“I remember the day I first met Carl, was during my panel interview with SSA.He was always the perfect gentleman and lead by integrity and example. I...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Suzie Anderson - Honolulu, HI

“I worked with Carl at the SSA Auburn Teleservice Center. He was a skillful manager who treated the entire huge staff with kindness and respect. He...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Robin Friend - Lacey, WA

“Condolences to the Rabun family and friends. He left his mark of style and kindness upon all those he touched. ”
6 of 20 | Posted by: Bettye Wright - Seattle, WA

“My friend Carl was beloved by his Aegis Living family. In reading everyone's shared memories it is clear to me that his character and affable ways...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Mina White - Seattle, WA - Friend

“I considered Carl a friend. We started at Social Security about the same time. We watched and supported each other as we rose through the ranks of...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Guy Super - PORTLAND, OR - Friend

“Alzheimer's disease claimed my best friend of 45 years on Sunday, Carl Rabun. Carl and I started our careers on the same date - July 6, 1971 - in two...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Dan - Leland, NC - Friend

“We became friends with Carl and Kimi when they lived in Portland and I have many great memories of our fun times. Carl had a quick wit and...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Sara Ware - Venice, FL - Friend

“I met Carl when he worked for SSA in Tacoma WA in 1974. He was married to Kimi at the time, a young lady I used to babysit when she was a child. Carl...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Cheryl Washington - Hoodsport, WA

“So sweet, loving, kind, and caring are the words that come to mind when I think of you. You were always present to listen to me and Tisa's crazy...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Alicyn Kidd - Valley Center, KS

“Condolences, love and prayers to the family and friends. Carl was very kind to me when I served as the RMO in Seattle OHA. RIP dear Carl. ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Emma Harris - AL - Acquaintance

“Carl was an Idea Member of The Breakfast Group and we are very touched by The Breakfast Group (BG) inclusion in Carl's Memorial.I listed the...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Amani Harris - Seattle, WA

“One of the nicest and smartest men I have ever known. A wonderful sense of humor and a great smile. The Social Security Administration was lucky to...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Curt Benward - Coos Bay, OR

“I'm very sad to hear about Carl's passing and especially the diagnosis of Alzheimers. I enjoyed working with Carl in the Seattle SSA Regional office...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Karen Suiter Suiter - Lynden, WA

“Carl was our 1964 High School Classmate. We will miss you my friend ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: William Perkins - Lincoln, CA

“I worked with Carl for many years and considered him a friend. He was quietly strong and an excellent colleague and leader. ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Dixie Wood - Tacoma, WA - Friend

“Condolences to the Rabun family ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Donella Goudeau - Bellevue, WA

“I am very,very sorry for your lost. Carl was a great man. He was a role model for me. ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Ed Ewing - Seattle, WA - Friend

Carl Lee Rabun, Jr.,74, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on August 20, 2021, at his Memory Care residence in Seattle, Washington. He was a beloved father, papa, brother, uncle and friend. He was a resident of Kent, WA for nearly 30 years prior to moving for care.

Carl was born on March 1, 1947, in Berkeley, California, to Carl Rabun, Sr. and Maria Medora Rabun, the second of four children. To accommodate a growing family, in 1956, the family relocated to East Palo Alto where he and his siblings played hide and seek, basketball, football, baseball and fished in Peninsula Bay waters.

Every summer the family camped throughout the state of California and as a youngster Carl always said his dream job was to become a Forest Ranger. The family moved to San Francisco in 1963. Carl was a voracious lifelong learner, studied hard and worked part-time at the main library. He graduated from Ravenswood High School in Palo Alto in 1964.

While many men were sent to Vietnam, Carl was accepted at California State University, San Francisco. As a student he had a draft deferral, while his older brother served two tours as a Marine in Vietnam. After graduating from college Carl joined the Army, serving two years at Ft. Lewis in Tacoma, Washington where he would later settle, get married and have two children. Following his army service, he began working at the Social Security Administration where he enjoyed a thriving 36-year career and retired in 2007 with 40 years of combined service to the US Federal Government.

Carl was a phenomenal father to his children, Tisa and Trey, whom he was very much proud of. He beamed with adoration anytime he spoke of them, their many accomplishments, and his grandchildren. Family and friends described Carl as a beautiful person, inside and out, with one friend even commenting that "Carl was the nicest human being she ever met." Carl was an avid cyclist and enjoyed living a healthy and active lifestyle, including skiing and sailing, until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2017. He also loved traveling, jazz music, baking and sports cars.

Additionally, Carl was a friend to many, mentored numerous young men, and was someone everyone could rely on. Carl is survived by his daughter, Tisa Marie Rabun and granddaughter Addison; and his son, Carl "Trey" Lee Rabun III, husband Philip and grandson Reggie; his longtime partner Virginia Flowers; and former wife and friend Kimi Ginn. He also leaves to cherish his memory with his sister, Ria Dora Rabun-Persinger (James), a younger brother, Claude Lee Rabun, and a host of nieces, nephews, and circle of dear friends. His older brother Curtis Lee Rabun (Ruthie), and parents preceded him in death.

The family will gather on September 26th for a private memorial service to celebrate his life and legacy.

In lieu of flowers and other offerings of condolence, the family suggests contributions made in Carl's name to AfricanAmericansAgainstAlzheimer's (an affiliate nonprofit of UsAgainstAlzheimer's) or to The Breakfast Group, an organization of civic minded professional African-American men dedicated to mentoring and addressing the challenges of at-risk youth of color, focusing on black males, where Carl served on the Board and was a volunteer for over 20 years.