He was a graduate of Whitworth College and Fuller Theological Seminary. Carr married Jeanne Robertson, with whom he had three children. He died of leukemia on November 9, 2002 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Carr originally joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1943 and served with the 11th Bombardment Group during World World War World War II He was released from active duty following the war.
He was again released from active duty the following year before joining the Air Force Reserve in 1954. Carr was once again recalled to active duty in 1955.
After serving in various locations around the world, he was assigned to The Pentagon in 1965. From there, he was stationed at Wheeler Air Force Base before becoming Chaplain of the 314th Air Division.
Later, he served at Shaw Air Force Base and Headquarters Tactical Air Command before being named Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force with the rank of Brigadier General in 1976.