Carlos Emilio LaGrange was born on June 30, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois to Luis Edward and Josefina Olga (Espinosa) LaGrange. The family lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, Brownsville, Texas, and then Poway, California. Carlos graduated from Poway High School.
Starting in the carpentry field when he was 16 years old, Carlos worked for companies in the San Diego area building large complexes. On October 29, 1988, he was united in marriage with Deborah Marie Blanchat in Escondido, California. This is where the couple made their home and were blessed with four children: Jason, Eric, Jordan, and Anne Marie.
After his marriage to Debbie, Carlos started LaGrange Construction, specializing in remodeling and updating homes. He worked with St Mary Parish in Escondido with remodel projects in both the church and the school. Carlos was particularly proud that his Contractor License number, issued in 1979, was one the lowest still active in California.
Known for his culinary talents in his later years, Carlos delighted in cooking his Mexican cuisine for large gatherings. His specialty was beans in his clay bean pot that he would start the night before a party. Carlos promised early in marriage he would get Debbie back to her roots and extended family. When he decided the time was right there was no changing his mind to wait till Debbie’s full retirement from her nursing career. Carlos found their new home, and in his fashion, completely transformed the house into a home while Debbie commuted between Escondido and Kansas.
Due to a short battle with cancer, Carlos passed away in the Harry Hynes Hospice unit at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas on May 24, 2022, just a few weeks shy of his 68th birthday. He was preceded in death by his parents, Luis and Josefina and his brother-in-law, Manuel Amador. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Debbie of the home; children: Jason Knight and his wife, Brynn of Escondido, Eric Knight and his wife, Fadia of Escondido, Jordan LaGrange and his wife, Emileigh of Draper, Utah, and Anne Marie LaGrange of Wichita; siblings: Luis LaGrange and his significant other, Bonnie Lee of Prescott, Arizona, Rose Amador of Escondido, Blanca LaGrange of Escondido, and JoJo Unverferth of Escondido; grandchildren: Jackson, Emmett, Elliott, Owen, and Kyler; other relatives and many friends.
Rosary 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Danville, Kansas, Father Bob Pinninti officiating. Inurnment at the Fairview Cemetery, Danville. Services livestreamed at www.facebook.com/prairierosefuneralhomes
Memorials to Immaculate Conception Catholic Renovation Committee or Harry Hynes Hospice can be sent to Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, 613 W 14th St ~ Harper, Kansas 67058.