Zachary James Carroll

Zachary James Carroll

July 09, 1991 - April 27, 2020
Newport Beach CA

Zachary James Carroll

July 09, 1991 - April 27, 2020
Newport Beach CA


Zak James Carroll

Zak was a beacon of light, radiating warmth and love to all who met him. Constantly encouraging friends and family to be a better version of themselves no matter what circumstances, Zak’s vibrant personality far surpassed the inner demons only he knew intimately. With an impish sense of humor and a wry smile, Zak loved to entertain. Those lucky enough to be around him loved to watch him excel at dance, music, karaoke, and his limitless cascade of snidely funny – but never offensive – remarks. Zak was a truly captivating personality. Indeed, his personal fashion statements were as well, encompassing countless pairs of sneakers and footwear to set off his ripped jeans, t-shirts, baseball caps, and hoodies all elevated in a way only Zak could pull off. A natural athlete and a scratch golfer, Zak moved effortlessly and oh, so cooly.

Zak was devoted to his friends; even as he struggled he made sure to always provide a cushion for them to land on and remember him by. The heartfelt outpouring of love and personal recollections of so many, from his childhood to his last days, demonstrate his selfless humanity. The ability to look all in the eye, listen with genuine interest, and make them know he cared was Zak’s own special forte. There was so little Zak did not excel at; tragically, there was only one thing he was unable to master: his addiction, which he battled for years. Zak, who provided incredibly beautiful sentiments of inspiration to so many in need, was unable to find them within himself.

Perhaps above all, Zak loved his family. Over family holidays, with his adoring cousins, and later his devoted little sister in tow, Zak would lead the pack as the fair-hair, golden child, erupting everyone into cackles and howls of laughter. This contagion so often and easily spread to his aunts, uncles, grandparents, and parents – culminating in so many outlandishly fun and hilarious late night fests. At home with his parents and sisters, smiles, laughter, and boundless love within every tiny memory propels everyone forward, as we mourn this unimaginable loss. Certainly, Zak would want that for all of us who knew him, and by definition, therefore, miss him dearly.

We love you Zak, our beautiful boy –

Jill, Fernando and Eevie Perez
Tom, Liz and Abby Carroll

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Zak’s name to The Herren Project:

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40 responses to Zachary James Carroll

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  1. Tom and family.

    I have no words for the pain you all must be feeling. I have such fond memories of Zak on the golf course with Bradley. I pray you find peace in knowing he will always be with you. RIP Zak. 

  2. Sue Ascanio says:

    Jill and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I remember Zac from the time he and Ryar went to pre-school together at Warren Walker through high school. . He was a sweet boy and Ryan cared deeply for him. I am so sorry for your loss and can’t begin to imagine your pain and heartbreak. My heart aches for you at the loss of your beautiful son. May Zac Rest In Peace .

    Sue Ascanio (Ryan Rom’s mom )

  3. Omel Nieves says:

    A beautiful bright light has left us. I have very fond memories of Zack playing and interacting with my boys. His smile and twinkle in his eye lifted my spirits. He will be missed greatly but not forgotten. I am so thankful and privileged to have brushed shoulders with our beautiful beautiful boy.

  4. Fred says:

    pressure to succeed that they have to go and literally, you know,

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