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Carey D. Corrick, a man whose zest for life could rival the roar of his beloved Harley Davidson Heritage Softail, revved up his engines for the last time and embarked on his last trip on December 30, 2023. Born on March 7, 1976, in Wenatchee, Washington to Rhonda L. Corrick (Clift) and Richard ‘Rick’ Corrick, Carey's journey through life was as vibrant and dynamic as the circus trucks he once drove—full of sound, color, and a touch of the unexpected.
A true jack-of-all-trades and master of, well, quite a lot actually, Carey studied Automotive Technology at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Washington. His knack for tinkering and innovation was not just a career—it was a calling. He was the guy who could turn a pile of parts into a purring engine or a frown into a chuckle. As the youth circus truck driver and sound technician, he brought joy and laughter to many, proving that the road less traveled often has the best attractions.
Though he faced the challenge of pancreatic cancer, Carey emerged victorious, wearing his survival like a badge of honor and a reminder to live every day to the fullest. And live he did! Traveling all over Washington state with the Wenatchee Youth Circus, he spread excitement and wonder, all the while crafting memories that would last a lifetime.
When he wasn't on the move, Carey could be found riding his Harley. This man was not just handy and creative; he was loving—a true family man. His wife, Cindy Martinez-Corrick, and sons, Josue, Robert, and Tobias, were the main act in his personal three-ring circus. Together, they shared laughter, love, and life's little adventures.
Carey's interests weren't confined to the roar of engines and the thrill of the circus. He reveled in the simple pleasure of spending time with his family. Each moment with them was cherished, each memory a treasure that could outshine the shiniest of wrenches in his toolbox.
As we remember Carey, let us do so with a smile, for he lived life with the same humor and lightness that he brought to others. In the words of the legendary Robin Williams, "You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." Carey not only embraced his spark of madness but used it to ignite joy in the hearts of those around him.
Carey's final curtain call came in McAllen, Texas, where he passed away due to end stage liver disease. But the show, as they say, must go on. His legacy is one of laughter, resilience, and the kind of love that doesn't end with a final bow. Carey is survived by his mother, Rhonda L. Corrick, his brother Corey L. Corrick of Missouri, his sister-in-law Heather, and their children. Including a half-sister, Rachel ‘Ty’ Merrick (Corrick) and stepbrothers, Kevin and Casey Raybon.
So, let's not say goodbye to Carey. Instead, let's give him a standing ovation for a performance well played—a life well lived. After all, as Carey himself would probably joke, "I'm not here for a long time; I'm here for a good time." And what a grand time it was. Curtain down, engines off, and a round of applause, please, for a man who truly knew how to live.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at Rivera Funeral Home of McAllen with the Holy Rosary being recited at 7:00 pm. Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, January 11, 2024 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rivera Funeral Home of McAllen.