Carl Eric Daughton

Carl Daughton onlineJuly 7, 1954 – May 1, 2020 Resident of Los Gatos Our beloved brother and friend passed away unexpectedly following a surgery, at the age of 65. Carl was born in Hagerstown, Maryland. He spent his first four years in Sotterley Heights, Maryland, while his father Albert (“Al”) worked at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River as an aeronautical engineer. In 1958, Al and Carl’s mother Betty joined the great engineering migration to what would become Silicon Valley. The family lived in Los Altos. Carl graduated from Homestead High School in Cupertino. Carl swam competitively during high school and had a life-long love of outdoor sports, including mountain biking, golf, and skiing. In later years, he was slowed by some chronic injuries, but he persisted in spite of them. Carl started his work life as a carpenter, and eventually founded his own business as a general contractor. He was still supervising projects up until the time of his passing. Carl had high standards and took much pride in knowing how to do the job right. Friends and family alike have noted that Carl never hesitated to let you know his opinions on such matters. Carl joined the Los Altos Masters swim team in the early nineties.

At Covington Pool, he met many swimmers who are friends to this day. Los Altos Masters “morphed” into Fremont Hills Aquatic Masters, and Carl was a key and legendary member. Carl was known to friends and family as a larger-than-life personality with an even bigger heart. He was honest and fair, cantankerous and stubborn, and helped whoever and whenever he could. For years, Carl and a group of Masters met on Fridays at Maltby’s tavern in Los Altos. Carl was a local at other haunts as well. His favorite drink was tequila, should you want to raise a glass in his memory. He is sorely missed. Carl was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his three siblings, Christian, Rebecca, and Tom, his nieces Bianca and Kathryn, and nephews Jaerrett, Nicholas and Lorin. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers ( to commemorate Carl’s love of outdoor sports. Any future service will be determined after social distancing measures have been lifted.

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