John Ryland Carlton - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

John Ryland Carlton

May 4, 1947 - October 14, 2023

John Ryland Carlton, age 76, of Bear, DE, passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2023.

Born in Wilmington, DE on May 4, 1947, he was a son of the late John and Margaret (Wooten) Carlton.   John graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in microbiology.  He then went on to become a Biology teacher, Science Department Head, and worked with the students on the Science Olympiad at Saint Marks High School in Wilmington, DE, where he retired after 42 years.

In his spare time, John enjoyed photography and HAM radio operations.  Active in his community, he was former vice president of his neighborhood maintenance corporation and also an Audubon Society member.

John is survived by many cousins.

A graveside service will begin at 10 am on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to Brandywine Valley SPCA, 290 Churchmans Road, New Castle, DE 19720 or online by clicking here.


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  • Sorry to read this. I cannot attend the service, but did want to share. I often wondered where Jack was. He was always the science guy. We tried to watch Sputnik from in front of his house using his telescope. His Dad built a TV in their 2d floor bedroom, so he got his abilities from him, I guess. Good guy.

  • Jack and I dated in high school. He was a kind and gentle soul. My mother always wanted me to marry him. She thought that highly of him. He was a special soul. Rest in peace, old friend.

  • I knew John since we were high school students. He honored my wife Shirley and me by being our best man at our wedding. I recall him as being one of the funniest people that I know. He was a very devouted son. I will always treasure our friendship..

  • Jack was such a memorable part of the family. He loved dogs. A jokester. His photographs captured so many family memories. He is now at rest and with family that have gone before him.