John M Carnahan Jr. was born in Van Buren, Mo., on August 30, 1915, to John M Carnahan Sr. and Viola Reeves Carnahan, and died peacefully on his 83 birthday on August 30, 1998. He was married to Frances for 50 years, and had two sons, John and Frank, both attorneys practicing with him until his retirement. John’s father practiced as an Estate Tax attorney with the Internal Revenue Service division in St. Louis, Missouri, then retired to private practice in Springfield. As a boy, John played saxophone in the Boy Scouts band, and was the recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award. He graduated with both a B.A. and J.D. on December 21, 1938, from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and was admitted to the Missouri bar August 12, 1939. After graduation from law school, he worked in the Tower Grove Bank Trust Department in St. Louis, Missouri, the Mann & Mann law firm in Springfield, and the Wedge Bank Trust Department in Alton, Illinois. He returned to Springfield in 1951 to start the Union National Bank Trust Department (subsequently Boatmen’s National Bank, NationsBank and Bank of America). John was one of the initial organizers of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Greene County Estate Planning Council. He retired from the bank in 1979 to return to the private practice of law with his son John, as Carnahan and Carnahan, P.C., which subsequently became Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C. John retired from the practice of law in 1987. John had a distinguished career and is fondly remembered by his clients as a true friend.