CARLTON WALTER McCASLIN Carlton Walter McCaslin passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 15 after a long illness. He was 77, born September 6, 1942 in Ventura, Calif. Carlton's exuberant personality made him a successful advertising salesman and writer in Pahrump for the PV Gazette, the PV Mirror and the PV Times. Early in his career he sold ads and wrote stories for the Pasadena Star News and newspapers in Oregon. Carlton also worked as a Produce Manager for Walmart and for Fred Meyer stores in Oregon. He made many friends in the Pahrump area through his work. He was the son of Alice Doty and Walter Ray McCaslin (both deceased), and he grew up in the Southern California area. Carlton attended Arcadia High School, graduating in 1960, and he attended Pasadena City College where he met his wife, Gayle. They married on May 18, 1963. He was one of many who worked on the Rose Parade floats for New Year's Day. Carlton was a Thespian and was the lead or character actor in numerous Shadow Mountain Community Players theater productions in the Southern Nevada area. He loved being on stage and performing, and he often chose to play the villain in the melodramas, where he had the most fun. Carlton was a Board Member of the Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce, a Chairman of the Harvest Festival Rodeo, a two-term Chairman of the Library Board, a participant and Board Member of the Wild West Extravaganza, and he played a sheriff at the Bonnie Springs Ranch in Las Vegas. Carlton is survived by his wife, Gayle (Michalsky) of 57 years; four children, Laurie McCaslin Statz, Garrett (Lindsey) McCaslin, Fiona McCaslin (Dehn) Blunt, and R.J. (Kat) McCaslin; brother, Terry McCaslin; sister, Charlotte McCaslin Bianchetti; grandchildren, Sabina Statz, Alyssia Statz, Cameron Blunt, Hailey Blunt, Brenna Moore, and Keona McCaslin; and brother-in-law Gary (Mary Ann) Michalsky. No services are immediately planned, but the family is working on a Celebration of Life at a later date.
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Published by Pahrump Valley Times on Feb. 26, 2021.