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Carl Joseph Maravilla Carl passed away peacefully at home in his garden in Redondo Beach, CA. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at age 57. He was surrounded by his husband, Henri, family and friends. He died of complications from exposure to Mycobacterium Chimaera during earlier open heart surgery. He is survived by his husband of 27 years, Henri Paul Faucher, his parents Celia Maravilla and John Maravilla, his mother-in-law, Anne Vasquez and siblings, Lucille, Juan, Ernest, Thomas, Philip and Michele. Out-laws James, Roberta, Kathy, Mike, Laura and John. And numerous aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins. He will be deeply missed by his extended family and many friends. Carl was born on February 1, 1960 and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. He ran track in high school and was very involved in the Youth Conservation Corps. He attended Stanford University and received his BS in Chemical Engineering in 1982. Carl was proud of his Latino culture and heritage. He was a member of the Stanford Chicano Latino Alumni Association. He participated in the annual Stanford Day of Service at Homeboys Industries. After graduating, he started his engineering career at TRW and worked at numerous companies for 20 years. In 2002, he started his career as a Private Financial Advisor and Planner and was highly respected and valued greatly by his clients and colleagues. One of Carl's greatest passions was running. He was a world class runner and competed in numerous events around the globe. He competed in almost every Gay Games, wining countless gold, silver and bronze medals. He was an active member and former Board Member of the Los Angeles Frontrunners. He was a member of Club Rotario de Latinos Unidos and served as president in 2015-2016. Carl was a renaissance man who enjoyed creative arts, dance, cooking, traveling the world with Henri, being active and enjoying life to its fullest. He and Henri created a beautiful home, "Casa Maria", where they planted beautiful gardens of flowers, fruits and vegetables. To know Carl was to know his kindness, generosity and giving nature. He was an absolute gentleman, had the most beautiful smile, giving heart and supported many causes often behind the scenes. A Celebration of Life is being planned in Los Angeles and a funeral mass in Denver Co. Date and location will be posted on this website and Facebook once they are confirmed. The LA Frontrunners will be hosting a memorial run on Sunday March 26th, please contact LAFrontrunners@gmail.com for more information. In lieu of flowers, Henri and the family have asked the you consider donating to one of the organizations that were important to Carl or donate to a charity of your choice. 1.Carl Maravilla Scholarship Fund at Stanford University Alumni Association, please contact Tom Maravilla at mikeytom@stanford.edu. 2.Carl Maravilla Scholarship Fund at Club Rotario de Latinos Unidos, please contact Dr. Mike Carbuto at Michael.Carbuto@@charter.net. Henri thanks everyone for the love and support that he has received from family, friends and neighbors during this difficult time, especially Mike, Rudy and Romaine.

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  1. I’m so sorry Carl left us too soon. A wonderful man – a confessor of sorts. A good friend for over 20 years. He alway had wonderful insight and of course good advice he will be very missed and I hope Carla is flying with the Angels much love

  2. My Carl, I don’t even know where to begin, I miss you so much. I am trying to be strong, but it is so hard at times. I know you put up an extremely hard fight to stay with us. Everyday I saw that your struggles became more and more difficult, I admire you for that fight. I am who I am today, because of you, I am where I am today, because of you. I just wish we could have had so much more time together. We had dreams of growing old together, of continuing are travels around the world. I will keep the Casa Maria monarch butterfly garden glorious, in your name, and I will continue sharing our bounty from the vegetable garden in your name. I love you so much, I am just so glad we got you home where you wanted to be, with family and friends and me in the place we loved so much, our back garden, it was a good place to pass from this life. I will always remember your smile, how handsome you were, how kind you were, and how smart you were, so smart. You saying to people “that’s my Henri” when I embarrassed you and our Fish Lips. The day we renewed our vows, I will remember with such fondness and yes, sadness. The way you repeated the vows surprised us all and made us cry. But oddly enough what I will remember the day you passed was the extreme warmth I felt after you were gone, while I lay next to you it was comforting, loving and so peaceful and I felt like it became part of me for just awhile. I love you so much. your husband and life long traveling companion. good-bye my love.

  3. Henri, My heart aches for you. Carl loved you so much. He always talked about how much you meant to him and he was always bragging about your success. I will miss one of my closest friends but I have so many wonderful memories going back to when we met at 15. He will live in my heart forever. When you come to Denver, my home will always be open to you. With all my ❤️!

  4. Knowing Carl since we were in grade school, I always saw him as a wonderful, caring person. He was funny, lovable and full of spirit! The last time I spent time with him was after a Central High School Bell Game. We shared memories of high school and growing up in Bessemer. Carl was a wonderful man! I will dearly miss him, his humor and his love for life. Until we meet again, my fellow Wildcat. Much love to Henri, your mom and your Pueblo and California families. Love, Miki

  5. Carl, You were the kindest person I have ever known. You had the soul of someone much older than your years could show. Reconnecting at the Gay Games in Cleveland two years ago was a very needed break, you had me remembering things from Pueblo that made me realize how important Pueblo was and is in my life. Thank you! God’s speed.

  6. Henri, Carl has left you way to early. He was a wonderful beautiful spirit and all miss him. Henri, for you I wish you strength and peace in this hard journey you are on. It will get easier even though the hole will never go away and tears will follow for a long time. Take care.

  7. Henri, God only knows why Carl had to leave us so soon. As a believer, I find it especially difficult at times like these to accept His will. Still, He did provide us with the beautiful being that was Carl Maravilla for more than 50 years. Aside from his colleagues, family and friends from Colorado and fellow Stanford alumni, Carl stood as a pillar in the LA Frontrunner community. I am so happy that my secret wish from 1990 that Carl would become a member of LAFR came to pass. We all hold so many wonderful memories of past events and we get to revel not only in the things Carl was able to accomplish as an athlete and stretch coach, but in the acknowledgements and encouragement he gave to others so unconditionally. I truly believe that time will be a great healer to us all, especially you. Tears will dry, hearts will heal and sorrows will lessen. Carl will always be in our hearts. You get to look forward to the days when the love, laughter and good times you enjoyed with Carl overshadow what you are going through now. Bill and I pray that peace is with you today and always.

  8. Every run I do at Griffith Park will remind me of Carl! Next Gay Games as well…..he will be on the track once again and his streak will continue! Hugs to everyone for this tragic loss.

  9. Sending you love during this time, Henri. May the happy memories sustain you and know that Carl is by your side, supporting you trough this process. I think of Carl on my runs, recognizing the beauty of nature all around – Carl was a beautiful soul.

  10. Carl was a wonderful friend.it is hard to believe that he is gone.I was happy to have suggested to him to join the Rotary Club and he did join and eventually became our president. I am sure he is in heaven. Henri , please let’s get together very soon. My found memories of Carl will always stay in my life.

  11. Henry, I’m so grateful for the brief visit we had together in Charlotte, NC. with you and Carl. I could see how wonderfully well you both complimented each other, finished each other’s sentences, laughed at each other’s comments. This relationship was magical. My deep condolences to you and your families at this sad time. Keep the gardens blooming as those butterflies will always return to the flowers you grow with love. Your posting on this site says it all….

  12. Remembering Carl, with our Love- His deep listening and ever thought full response- His gentle insistence to reflect – His knowledge and insight – His purpose, his drive – His faraway look and his penetrating gaze – His muscle, his smile- His abiding, enduring, encompassing allowance for love, His generosity in the giving of love His grace in receiving of our love. With our love sent truly to all Carl loved To all who loved Carl

  13. Dear Carl… though we are cousins I didn’t really know you as I was older and moved away from Pueblo while you were still a young ‘in. It was through God’s grace that we had the chance to meet & talk at the last Diaz reunion. I’m so sad that we won’t be continuing our conversation. You are missed by your family-all of us-and your many friends.

  14. I just heard of Carl’s passing. I knew Carl through my participation in LA Gay Pride Run for many years (10?) and participating together in several Gay Games. I would come to LA from San Diego and Carl and I would find each before every LA Gay Pride Run and warm up together. Carl was a fierce and daunting competitor and it was a joy to watch him run, year after year, medal after medal. It was always so nice to see Henri too at LA Pride. I also had the pleasure of competing with Carl at several Gay Games. We hung out at the track, warmed up together and ran our races. I loved watching him win. My heart goes out to Henri, Carl’s family and friends. I make prayers for Carl and all of you. with love…. Lauri

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