Joseph Paul Carrera

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Joseph Paul Carrera

Retired Teacher


Joseph Paul Carrera was born June 30, 1944 in Denver, Colorado to Jose Guadalupe and Maria DeLaPaz (Salas) Carrera. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather.

Paul married his wife, Linda Carrera (DeSoto), on August 30th, 1969, and they had three children, Nichole Carrera Bergamo, Jason Carrera, and Joshua Carrera. He is survived by his wife, Linda, his children and their spouses, as well as four grandchildren, Chase, Lauren, Connor, and soon to be born Brooks. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his siblings, Jesus Carrera and Mela Ferreria (Carrera).

Paul graduated from South High School in 1962, where he played football and excelled in academics. He went on to graduate from University of Northern Colorado in 1966 with a degree in history and a minor in Spanish. Finally, he carried on to the University of Colorado, where he earned a master’s degree in education. Paul had a passion for education, history, and language, which naturally led into his career path as a teacher of history and Spanish. Paul taught for 30 years with Denver Public Schools, including 28 years at John F Kennedy High School, one year at West High School, and one final year at East High School. He sincerely loved his students and the fact that he could share knowledge through his career.

Paul was a true family man who loved to travel, especially when it came to experiencing the history of other countries. He and Linda often spent summers on the go, toting the kids along to Europe, Mexico, and across North America. He had a passion for culture, enjoying fine arts, music, and food. Paul was never one to shy away from trying new things and always encouraged the same of his family.

Paul passed away April 14, 2015 at his home in Centennial, Colorado. Recitation of the Rosary will be at Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Parish (18000 E. Arapahoe Road, Aurora, Colorado 80016) on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 11:30 AM, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 PM. Graveside services will follow the Mass at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.  



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  1. I remember Mr. Carrera when I was a student at JFK. He was an amazing teacher. I was a member of his Los Estudiantes club and it really helped me during high school. He will definitely be missed.

  2. Linda and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always have fond memories of all of you.

    God bless

  3. My deepest sympathy to the Carrera  Family. May he rest in peace and may God Bless you all… RIP Mr. Carrera

  4. To the family of Paul Carrera, wonderful teacher and friend, Linda I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your partner and the father of your children.  In sharing our experiences within the teaching field, I came to know and share with you both, the excitement of reaching so many students who came into our lives.  Please know that my prayers are with you and God Bless!!


    Lu Linan

  5. Linda and Family,

    He was such a wonderful man. I remember all the great times I had as a child being around him and all of the family. He will be missed by many.

  6. Linda and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss, but, do know that he is now in the "land of Glory" no longer suffering. Paul was such a kind, gentle, soft-spoken man who had such a love for his family and all who knew him. My children remember him with such respect and admiration for a gentle-spirit that he had. I pray for comfort and peace for you and your family.

    Love Forever

  7. Mi gordito,

    I am so sorry, I just found out. I tried looking for you after leaving the Marines but i could not find you. You were such an inspiration to me, you believed in me and push me so hard to be the man I am now. You never gave up on me. You were my mentor, and an amazing father figure. I missed you so much and will remember you always. Thank you for praying with me those times of struggle. As I sit here in my office, I can't stop crying. I will never forget how you used to get on me about licking my lips when I talked, told me to but chapstick or the girls will think I was flirting and called me LL Cool Julio. To this day I carry chapstick everywhere. I am so sorry chucho for not finding you sooner.

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