Harold Carter of Maupin, Ore. passed away at his home on Dec. 17, 2016, surrounded by those he loved. He was born in Silverton, Ore. to Elton and Thelma Carter, and was the oldest of four children. At age 10 his family moved to Portland, Ore., where he attended Roosevelt High School and graduated in 1955.
At the age of 18, Harold enlisted in the Navy where he was an Aviation Engineer of a P2V Neptune Submarine bomber. He served in the US Navy for six years before being honorably discharged. Harold was a proud and true patriot of our great nation.
After his service, Harold moved to Arlington, Ore. where he would be first introduced to his passion-ranching. He was employed as a ranch hand there until moving to the Maupin area. There he continued his work as a hired hand on a local ranch until going into log truck driving for many years; working for Chuck Kennedy, KANTHAKIT logging, and Cody logging. His CB name was always something laughed about among his friends and colleagues. During the harsh winters between logging Harold would also work for the state highway department. He always had many stories of his cowboy and logging day shenanigans, and was willing to tell anyone who would listen. No matter the task at hand, Harold worked hard and made it joyful with his contagious laugh.
In 1982, he married his true love, Nancy Walters. Together they carried on the family tradition of farming and ranching. They had two children, Misty and Michael, who will continue to carry on Harold’s love and passion for farming, ranching, and laughter.
Harold will be most remembered for his laugh, sense of humor, and encouragement to the ones he loved, and people he came across. He had a passion for church, farming/ranching, music, watching his children participate in sports and rodeo, and most importantly bringing a smile to people’s faces.
There will be an emptiness left in everyone’s heart from his passing. His work here is done, until we meet again…. Love You Dad.
He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Carter; daughter, Misty; son, Michael; sister, Coreen; loved children of a previous marriage William, Matthew, and Sarah; and numerous grandkids and great grandkids.
A celebration of life will be held at Maupin Grade School Gym Dec. 31, 2016, at 11 a.m. in Maupin. Potluck to follow the celebration.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made to the Juniper Flat Rural Fire Protection District 80501 Hwy 216 Maupin, Ore. 97037, or Maupin Community Church PO Box 157 Maupin, Ore. 97037.
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