Cara Jo Hamm

RENO, Nev. – Cara Jo Hamm, trailblazing entrepreneur in both online publishing and e-commerce, passed away Sept. 9, 2013, at the age of 39.

Hamm was born at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base. Raised in Honolulu and San Jose, Calif., she attended the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, before graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara. Cara quickly rose to prominence, first at Disney, then Warner Brothers; pioneering both companies’ core digital initiatives during the early internet boom era.

Shortly after, she co-founded LMCD Marketing, a premiere technology publishing conglomerate based in Northern Nevada. Cara specialized in growing advertising and sales for international outlets, including and These publications are syndicated and read by many millions today.

An avid athlete, Cara was a expert downhill skier. She and her family transplanted to the Arrowcreek community just outside Reno from Southern California to better enjoy the famous outdoor activities. She quickly became skilled in wake-boarding and water-skiing, two of her favorite summer activities. During the winter, snowmobiling was her passion.

Her friends and family remember her most for her beaming, unbounded radiance and determination. Cara made recent local headlines after the beloved family dog, Cooper, went missing during Fourth of July fireworks in the Tahoe area. After four days, dozens of volunteers and authorities had given up on Cooper. Undeterred, Cara spent one more day, alone, in the Sierra wilderness only to find Cooper tangled but alive in the underbrush.

For all her incredible achievements, Cara boasted her children were the most important.

Cara is survived by her loving husband, Michael, formerly of Iron Mountain; her two children, Cody, 12, and Dylan, 9; and her parents, Larry and Debbie Barber.

Private services will be held this Saturday, Sept. 13, at Walton Funeral Home, 875 W. 2nd Street in Reno. A Celebration of Life service will be announced at a later date.

Online condolences may be expressed in the Book of Memories at the funeral home website,