Carl Flagg Ayres

March 9, 1958 to October 20, 2017

Born in Tucson, Arizona, the first child of Robert and Barbara Ayres, Carl began his academic career by graduating from Audubon Kindergarten on May 29, 1964 and moved around the country with a military family before graduating from Princess Anne High School in 1976.  Upon high school graduation, Carl enlisted in the United States Navy, which would lead him to meet his future wife.  Carl and Gizelle married on April 29, 1984 and had three children, Jessica, Jasmin, and Justin.  Carl and Gizelle were happily married for 33 years.

Throughout his 29 and one-half years of service, he graduated cum laude from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Management in December 1992, was the Distinguished Graduate of the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy on December 15, 1993, graduated cum laude from The National Graduate School with a Masters of Science in Quality Systems Management in June 2005, and retired from the United States Navy with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CWO4) on September 1, 2005.

Carl was a seasoned triathlete, avid surfer, jack-of-all-trades, and all-around family man.  Carl enjoyed taking the scenic route, both literally and figuratively, and always found happiness in the water.

Carl always sought to make sure all around him were taken care of, while at the same time fulfilling his own educational, physical, and personal pursuits, and continued to receive numerous meritorious awards and recognitions throughout his life.  Carl lived to see all his children complete undergraduate degrees, witnessed Gizelle and Justin open their own businesses, owned two properties, and always found a home project to satisfy his ingenuity.

Carl is survived by his sisters, Carolyn, Llana, and Norma, his brothers, Charles and Philip, his wife, Gizelle, his children, Jessica, Jasmin, and Justin, the family dogs, Jenny, Angel, Chad, and Micah, and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and close family friends.


  • Date: October 31, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Miramar National Cemetery
  • Address: 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122
  • Directions: Miramar National Cemetery

Carl was my ADIVO on the Constellation. We stood watch together many times and got on very well. He was a good man. I'm gutted at this news and sincerely hope his family can find comfort in knowing he was a role model and a good friend.

Jeff Sockwell on November 04, 2017

My heart goes out to your family, you have been like my family since I met you. Your dad was pretty amazing and gave a lot to our country, may he Rest In Peace, and May you find comfort in knowing how much he loved you.

Chris Williams on November 03, 2017

Our sincere condolences to the Ayers family. May God be your close companion who walks with you in your time of grief and carries your burden when it's to heavy to bear. We are thinking of all of you and praying for you. Rafaela, Cy, Kyoko and Bianca Jennings

Jennings Family on November 03, 2017

We are so struck with surprise as we heard the news. For just the brief moment we shared, he will surely be missed. May God bless you with peace in your hearts through this time. Love and Aloha! The Calio’s

Patrick and Cathy Calio on November 03, 2017

We are so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. Wishing your family peace and love. Love, Erinn Ayres (Uncle Richards daughter) and Paul DiMaggio.

Erinn Ayres on November 02, 2017

Our sincere condolences to the family. May your memories of the man he was comfort you through this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. Sarah & Kirk Jensen

Sarah Kallman Jensen on November 02, 2017

I know that condolences will never ease your pain but we are thinking about you everyday. I never got a chance to really get to know Carl but from what I heard he was a man always on the go and enjoyed home projects. He will always be with you! I pray that sleep will come easier along the way and that you always feel him with you! My deepest condolences -Bridgett De Leon and family

Bridgett De Leon on November 01, 2017

He built a beautiful and kind family.

Ellie on November 01, 2017