Carlos E. Noriega
Carlos lost his short and brutal
bout with an aggressive cancer
April 4, 2018 at home surrounded
by his wife and family. He was
born in Fresno, California, and
raised in Chowchilla, graduating
from Chowchilla High School.
He then earned his Bachelor's
degree from LaVerne University
and his Masters Degree in
Criminal Justice from California
State University, Sacramento.
Carlos and his wife built their home in Sandy in 2005
and moved there full-time in 2009 upon their retirement.
Carlos lived his life devoted to service to others.
As a young man he served his country as a fighting
SeaBee in the Navy, including two tours in Vietnam.
Professionally, he served his community as a Peace
Officer, a Crime Prevention Specialist in the California
Attorney General's Office, and as a Hearing Officer with
the California Youthful Offender Parole Board.
Carlos continued on his path of service to the
community when he was elected to the Board of Trustees
for Monterey Peninsula School District. While in
Monterey he also served as a member of the Board for the
Sports Car Racing Association of Monterey Peninsula.
He continued his involvement with higher education
locally as a member of the Mt. Hood Community
College Foundation Board of Trustees.
Carlos was an avid and gifted photographer. His
interest in photography started in high school and he was
passionate about this hobby his entire life. In addition
to being a builder in the SeaBees, he also served as their
battalion photographer. Since moving to the Pacific
Northwest, his photographic interests focused on the
beautiful landscapes and wildlife of the region. He also
photographed extensively at Rotary events around the
U.S. and internationally. One of his favorite trips was to
Africa where he captured breathtaking photos of exotic
wildlife; these photos are displayed throughout their
Carlos was an active Rotarian for 18 years, first
joining The Rotary Club of Marina, California in 2000,
where he served as club president and in other leadership
roles. Upon relocating to Sandy, he and his wife joined
The Rotary Club of Gresham. Carlos was in the middle
of his presidential year when he was stricken with cancer.
At the District level, Carlos served as an Assistant
Governor for 4 years, District Membership Co-Chair,
Vocational Service Chair and as the District Coordinator
for three Rotary International Conventions. He was a
passionate and selfless Rotarian who fully believed in
Rotary's motto of Service Above Self.
Carlos is survived by his loving wife of 38 years,
Diane, son Marco Noriega, brother Daniel Noriega,
sister Carmen Elgorriaga and nephew Jose Elgorriaga.
Carlos will be remembered for his generous spirit, his
boundless energy and love of life, and his ever-present
smile. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Rotary
Foundation in his name would be deeply appreciated.
Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.