Carol Ann Gove, A Life Well Lived Through Service


Carol Ann Gove passed away peacefully at home on July 3, 2020 under the care of her two devoted daughters, Shari and Patti. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Carol is preceded in death by her father Robert I. Wahl, her mother Elizabeth A. Wahl, her brother James M. Wahl.

Carol was born in San Diego, CA in 1940 at Mercy Hospital. The family moved to Chula Vista, where Carol spent the majority of her life. Carol attended Chula Vista High School. After high school she spent time in Germany with her husband who was in the military service.  Carol spent her career in the fire service, working both in National City as a dispatcher and later in Chula Vista rising to the rank of Fire Marshal.  She was the first female Fire Marshal in San Diego County and one of a small handful in the State.  She served the City of Chula Vista from February 1978 to November 1995.  During that time, she attended Southwestern, Miramar College, and San Diego State University – all classes related to Fire Science. She also Attended and completed the National Fire Academy, gaining a Certification in Fire Prevention. She was credentialed as a Lifetime Teacher in Fire Science.

Upon retirement her greatest joy was spending an abundance of her time with her two grandchildren Amanda and Christopher.  She was a fun and involved Grandma.  Nothing made her happier than those two grandchildren. She  continued her service to the Chula Vista Community as a Commissioner on the CV Traffic Safety Commission (12/95-9/06), Meals on Wheels (12/95 – 9/07) and Citizen Adversity Support Team CAST, 11/95-12/2003.  All of Carol’s life was dedicated to helping others.

Carol, above all worked tirelessly in devotion to her family and their well being. As a single mom, and professional career person, she handled her responsibilities with grace and dignity. She was a role model to many women and men alike. Her accomplishments both professional and personally are well documented.

Carol will be remembered by her family and friends as being supportive, one who cherished and cared for them. Always available when needed. She was an avid bridge player, she truly loved the game and her friends that played weekly with her.  She is survived by her daughters, her cherished grandchildren Amanda (Esteban), Christopher (Stephanie) and her great-grandchildren Landon, Logan, Leo, Kasien and Koa, and her sister Shirley.

Services are pending due to the Covid virus. We anticipate a celebration close to Carol’s 80th birthday, which she was already planning.