Edward Hunter CARRETTE Jr.

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Services for Edward Hunter Carrette Jr, age 73, of Maydelle, are scheduled for 1:00 pm Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Jacksonville with Father Mark Kusmirek officiating. Mr. Carrette passed away March 27, 2013 in his home with family by his side. He was born February 16, 1940 in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Central America to Edward H. and Thelma Smith Carrette. After beginning his educational career at Stanford University, he graduated from the prestigious School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. Mr. Carrette was an alumnus of the New Mexico Military Institute, and served as an officer in the United States Army from 1961 to 1967. He also earned a J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston. Mr. Carrette's professional career spanned fifty years, developing and operating numerous hotel projects in Latin America. He was a lifelong Rotarian, joining the Club Rotario Ciudad de Guatemala in 1966, and continued his membership in clubs throughout Central America, California and Texas. A Paul Harris Fellow, he was recognized as Rotarian of The Year by the Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club in 2004. Ed was always involved with many civic and charitable activities, including Children's Miracle Network and Komen for the Cure, and was a charter donor to Rotary House International. During his final years, he was a Texas credentialed attorney mediator and volunteered as an Ombudsman at the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Mr. Carrette is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Kathryn E. Carrette; his children Edward H. Carrette, III and wife, Linda; Alan S. Carrette and wife, Anna; Jeffrey T. Carrette and wife, Silvia; Heidi B. Carrette Ghiringhelli, and husband Jeff; his brother John Carrette and wife, Charlotte, and 14 grandchildren, one niece and three nephews. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Visitation with the family will be April 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville, followed by the Mass of the Resurrection at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. To memorialize Mr. Carrette's lifelong work with Rotary International, the "Edward Carrette Jr Memorial" has been established with the Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Foundation, with a notation "Edward Carrette Jr. Memorial". All donations received will go into the Sabalos Nicaragua Surgery Center project. Donations can be mailed to: Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club, P. O. Box 14953, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2013