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Dan Maurice Carasso, Valley GOP Activist, Dies at 95

He was in the process of forming a Republican club for Hispanics at the time of his death.

It is with great sympathy and sadness that we inform you that long-time Republican activist Dan Carasso has passed away at the age of 95.

Dan Maurice Carasso, 95, born on October 13, 1916, in San Francisco, California to immigrant parents from Spain and Greece, passed away in his sleep October 5, 2012. He resided in Panorama City, California at the time of his passing.

Graveside Services will be at 11:00 on Wednesday October 17.  We suggest you arrive at 10:30 to be part of the procession to the graveside.  Military honors will be performed for the service which will take place at:

Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive Los Angeles, CA 90068 (Off the 134 Freeway near Burbank and Griffith Park.) 

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ida, and two daughters.

 Dan was a true American patriot and he will be missed by his family, friends and fellow patriots.

 He supported many philanthropic and political works and projects, including the Republican Party, Republican groups and Republican candidates.

 Dan, and his family moved to Los Angeles at the age of 2 in 1918.  He went to Fairfax High School, where he excelled in baseball and other sports.  Dan was very proud of his years with the Boy Scouts. He earned his Eagle Scout badge. During the 1940s he was the leader of Troop 8 in Los Angeles. He, and many of his fellow scouts served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II with distinction. He kept in contact with his fellow scouts and they had a reunion in the 1990s.

 During World War II Dan served in the Army Air Force. He taught Morse code to radio operators/gunners who were going overseas to serve in the 8th and other Air Forces. Dan often told how the radio operators asked to be in his class as he was the best teacher.

He had gone to high school with Ida Allen. Ida was an accomplished dancer/actress for the MGM movie studios. During the war they met again and were married in 1944.

They had three daughters, Camilla, Diane and Rosalie. Rosalie died in an unfortunate airplane accident in 2002.  

After the war Dan became active in Republican politics, first as a Young Republican, and has been active ever since.  At the time of his death Dan had been a Republican activist for 65 years.  He was in the process of forming a Republican club for Hispanics at the time of his death.  He was fiercely devoted to his country, to conservative principles, to the Republican Party and to American exceptionalism.  

 Dan initially worked for Lockheed, then became an insurance examiner, then became the owner of a used truck business, and during the last 20 years of his business career was a private investigator.  Dan was a law school graduate, passed the BAR exam but never practiced law.

 In 1968 and 1972 he was a candidate for the California Assembly in the San Fernando Valley.  Dan met and knew many prominent officials including President Nixon, Governor Deukmejian, Assemblyman Tony Strickland, Congressman/ Actor/Singer/Businessman Sony Bono. One time President Ronald Reagan called the house and asked to speak to Dan to thank him for all his hard work.  In 1969 Dan helped Governor Jerry Brown get started in politics by helping to get him elected to the Los Angeles Community College Board.  That was a story he didn't tell very often.

As a young boy, one of Dan's tennis partners was the actor Mickey Rooney. One time he met the actor Ed Asner, a liberal activist, during some sort of political event. They made a bet on the outcome of a political race.  Dan won the bet, so Ed sent him $100, but all in pennies!!!

Dan Carasso had a big heart and even though he was bound in a wheelchair for many years it didn't keep him from being very active in the Republican Party and supporting Republican candidates up and down the ballot.  He was also very supportive of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County.

For the past ten years or so, Dan was very instrumental in recruiting and supporting candidates for the Los Angeles Community College District.  Dan was generous with his time and with his financial resources.  

Dan Carasso will be sorely missed. 

We have lost a valuable Republican activist and supporter in Dan Carasso.

Sincerely, 

Lynn Haueter, Chairman
The Republican Party of Los Angeles County

Zookeeper91326 October 15, 2012 at 07:38 PM
"He was fiercely devoted to his country, to conservative principles, to the Republican Party and to "American Exceptionalism..." - sadly, declining values in our country. He will be surely be missed!
Jay Stern October 15, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Dan's memory lives through those of us who were fortunate enough to have known him. His patriotism was from a true love of country. He treated people respectfully and with dignity. He was patient in teaching those of us who learned from him. A remarkable man and I'll miss him. -- Jay L. Stern
Annie Hall October 26, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Dan was a cruel, control freak, abusive, fiancially, emotionally, and physically, verbally to his familly, wife, and three children--he was a failure as a husband and father--he was feared, and never loved--unfortunately--he never learned how to really love--and respect, cherish, and care for his familly---he caused much unhappiness to his wife Ida, and chi;dren---he was cruel to animals, and a sadist! He was an enemy of this country----and an extremist Neo Nazi--fanatic---he was jewish--and denied his own heritage---thank god the ego driven failure of an alledged man---has to deal with his own karma---his legacy shall be torment for his familly--and a hyrocrite godless sociopath
Ron Karam February 05, 2013 at 05:42 PM
He was not a nice man to his family. I dated his daughter Camila during the late 60's and I remember the first time I called her. He grabbed the phone from her and slapped her and wanted to know how I met her. When I told him I met her at a dance, he said she was introduced to it by a left-wing Jew and even brought home a Mexican once. He once parked in a shopping center parking lot watching his daughters car that was parked there and chased us in his truck. In later years when taking to him he seemed glad to hear from me. I think he may have calmed down in his older years and was surprised how he now wants to bring Hispanics into the Republican Party. I don't think he was Jewish as his daughter told me they were at one time Catholic.
Jay Stern February 05, 2013 at 07:24 PM
The time to criticize a person certainly is not after death, when he can no longer respond. Anything a detractor has to say about Dan is too late, and better left unsaid.
Annie Hall March 03, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Dan Carasso was a demonic hate driven Godless sociopath, he admired Hitler, Franco, and Limbaugh! He was abusive, cruel, sadistic, inhuman, failed as a husband, and father--he made his wife Ida very unhappy, as with his three children, he was abusive, verbally, emotionally, and physically--being a miser, went into rages, harassing his daughters, for their entire adult lifes-- Rosalie and George Willard--- hated Dan--when they died in an airplane accident--Dan got their money by default---and never gave them a decent memorial---their ashes,rest in one urn in the patio-- he made sure that all were disenherited--with a paltry monthly allowance, Ida was left with five dollars in her purse---the victum of two strokes caused by toxic cough syrup,that he gave her to take- with severe brain damage, memory loss, and dementia--Where is the love here? The house became a "GOP Crack House" where the vultures would come for funds, new cars, free meals, as they knew Dan had poor judgement, and appealed to his ego.Dan spent his weekends out, lurking around, and would come home in late after cheating on Ida--Dan lived to hate,: women, democracy, jews, gays, blacks, and embraced the the muslem culture-----dan was a failure, as a husband, father, and human being,he even hated his own heritage--being jewish--- and in death goes into the black void of nothingness,where Hell keeps demonic souls, who remain in darkness, and never come back ---Thank God he is gone, karma wins

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