Stephen Bruce Carnes 1949 – 2023

Written by Estero Bay News

October 22, 2023

Stephen Bruce Carnes, 74, of Morro Bay, CA passed away on August 29, 2023. He was born on June 11, 1949, in Van Nuys, CA. Steve was a beloved member of the Central Coast for over 34 years.

Steve a civil and structural engineering started his career working for a well-respected architectural engineering firm Ferguson and Associates in Encino, CA, and later ventured off into his own practice in Los Angeles in 1984. In 1990, Steve moved to Morro Bay, where he built a beautiful house of his own design and provided civil engineering, architectural, and structural engineering services to the Central Coast. He also served on the Planning Commission for the City of Morro Bay for 10 years and was a member of Rotary for 30+ years and received the Paul Harris Award. In addition to his successful career, as a young man Steve served in the US Coast Guard which he always loved and respected.

Steve was an avid golfer, playing almost every Saturday with his beloved wife Rita at the Morro Bay Golf Course. With a handicap as low as 7, he showcased his skill and passion for the sport. He was also one of the original organizers of the Morro Bay Car Show, which recently celebrated its 27th year.

Steve is survived by his loving wife Rita Carnes, daughter Stephanie Carnes-Olsen, mother Roberta Carnes, and brother Robert Carnes. He was preceded in death by his first wife Helen Mayse-Carnes, his sister Laura Carnes, father Noel Carnes, and grandparents Elton and Anna Carnes, Bruce Carruthers, and Anna Mae Carruthers-Pyatt.

A memorial service will be held in Steve’s honor at the Morro Bay Veterans Hall on November 3, 2023, at 2 p.m. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Morro Bay Rotary by contacting Dan Costley at and The First Tee of Morro Bay Golf Course.

Steve will be deeply missed by all who knew him. His contributions to the community and his dedication to his profession will always be remembered.

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