John Carlisle, a local businessman and former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, died at about 7 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday when he fell off a cliff. Carlisle and his son-in-law were hunting in California, helping the farmers of the area's wineries clear predators that were destroying their crops.

The story from the Mendocino County Sheriff Public Information Office stated:

Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Public Information Capt. Greg Van Patten has confirmed that just before 4 p.m. a gentleman “slipped and fell about 60 feet into the ocean and died" near Albion, a small community on the Mendocino (California) County coast.

Van Patten said the man was from out of state and was visiting the area with family “staying at a rental on the bluff.”

Scanner traffic indicated first responders were called to the scene at approximately 3:58 p.m. (Pacific Time). Agencies that were called to respond to what was called the “Shore Incident” included the Mendocino Water Unit, the Coast Guard, and Reach air ambulance.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the man’s family and friends.


The information below was provided by Griffin resident Quimby Melton III:

John Carlisle and his wife, Carole, have two daughters, who also live in Griffin.

Carlisle was instrumental in developing several landmark historical buildings and residential areas of Griffin and Spalding County, including remodeling the Coca-Cola Building into office space and The Dairy residential area south of town.

He conceived and put into motion the Honor our KIA (Killed in Action) committee in Griffin, which honors the 165 young men and women who gave their lives for our country during the wars America fought. Carlisle always said that these Hometown Heroes should be known and honored for the way they lived, not just the way they died.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.