Minden Press-Herald

Wednesday
Oct 01st

Minden realtor succumbs

carey PI PICFriends and family of local realtor and landowner Richard Carey can pay their respects and share their memories with his family at 5 p.m. Monday at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Minden.

Carey, who died Friday, November 29 at age 78, will be laid to rest Tuesday.

Carey's son Greg described his father as a forward-thinking man.

"Anything he could do for economic development was foremost in his mind," Greg Carey said.

According to Greg, his father purchased 1,100 acres that encompassed the entire area east of Minden that included La. Hwy. 531.

"He saw the frontage road along the interstate as a possibility but never thought he would see it happen in his lifetime," Greg said. "He thought that was something that would be a legacy for his grandkids. All of a sudden, it was there. It became a reality."

The new campus for Northwest Louisiana Technical College is positioned on approximately 40 acres on the service road. Almost half of that property was donated by Richard Carey and the rest sold at a fraction of its worth.

A similar situation occurred prior to that when the new City of Minden Recreation Complex was constructed.

"He wanted to see the vo-tech project happen out there and the rec center, as part of that," Greg said. "He really wanted to see Minden High School relocated to a brand new facility out there."

Greg said his father had vision when it came to development.

"We could be driving down a dirt or gravel road in the country, and he could see how that road could become a real road and where a subdivision would be off of that and how it would tie into existing subdivisions around it, and how that would help Minden grow," Greg said.

Richard Carey, his wife Joyce and children Amy and Greg moved "back" to Minden in 1971 when Richard took over his mother's real estate company, Katie Drew Carey Real Estate, which she started in 1951.

During the course of his real estate career, Richard and Joyce developed nine subdivisions in and around Minden. And while they may have been competitors in a sense, Minden Mayor and former realtor Tommy Davis said it was never a serious competition.

"We all cooperate together real well," Davis said. "We've always had a very good relationship in that respect, and I have always enjoyed working with Richard and Joyce."

As mayor and a former councilman, Davis said he saw Richard Carey as a very civic-minded individual. He was involved in many local organizations including the Minden-South Webster Chamber of Commerce.

"I don't know nearly what all he has done for the city, but I know it's quite a lot," Davis said. "He wanted to do everything he could to help Minden. I'm not sure if the service road would even exist without the effort Richard put in on it."

More than a developer, Greg Carey said he believes his father would like to be remembered as a family man.

"He was a businessman, but what he really focused on was family," Greg said. "He was all about us. He wanted us to have the best education; he wanted us to travel, and we did. We saw everything. He spared no expense, even at times when it would've made a hardship on any other family, he found a way to make it happen."

 

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