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David Paul Carter was born on August 20, 1921 in his family home in San Antonio, Texas. He passed away at 91 on February 28, 2013 in the same historic homestead where he was born. He was the son of H.C. Carter, 3rd president of the State Bar of Texas, and Aline Badger Carter, astronomer and Poet Laureate of Texas. He attended Alamo Heights High School where he excelled in sports and band. His senior year, he volunteered for the European Theater of WWII with the 36th Division of the US Army, spending four years overseas. He gained the respect of both his peers and prisoners of war under his command and was so well adjusted to the wartime environment it was said "he found a home in the Army." While stationed in France, Carter was awarded The Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone. A dedicated soldier and true gentleman, after the war he continued to serve in the National Guard until his retirement in 1968 as a Captain.
Carter graduated from Trinity University, where after his success on the boxing team, he won the State Golden Gloves award in 1948. Carter practiced law in San Antonio for 45 years and was a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and was known for his professionalism and commitment to pro bono service. He would rescue individuals in need and gave the "shirt off his back" to help anyone.
Carter's lifelong passion for the restoration of historic houses and buildings started with his own homestead (1890), and then the De La Garza House (1775), the O. Henry House, the Wolfson Building (1880), and several other historic downtown buildings. He was awarded the Amanda Cartwright Taylor Award, the San Antonio Conservation Society's premier recognition, for his tireless efforts on these architectural projects.
During Hemisfair '68, Carter and his partner, Tony Specia, developed the Original Hemisfair Bunuelos. They operated the company together for over 40 years where it continues to this day.
With his first wife, Emma Leigh Zachry Carter (deceased), he had four children. He is survived by his brother, Frank Carter, his second wife, Aubrey Keating Smith Carter, and two children: Marline Carter Lawson (and husband Clint), and Paul B. Carter, and his six grandchildren: Zachry Brown, Aline Copp (and husband Josh), Andrea Brooks (and husband William), Carter Brown, Sarah Brown, and Marie Brown. Visitation: Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough, Monday March 4, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
MARCH 5, 2013
ST. MARK'S EPISCOPAL
315 E. PECAN ST.
Memorials may be made to the Lee and Zachry Carter Memorial Fund at the San Antonio Area Foundation, 303 Pearl Pkwy, #114, San Antonio, TX 78215; St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 315 E. Pecan St., San Antonio, TX 78205 or to the
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Published in Express-News from Mar. 1 to Mar. 5, 2013