Roderic Stanley "Rick" Carpenter (1951 - 2012)

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Roderic "Rick" Stanley Carpenter, age 66, of Mesquite, Nev., passed away in the early morning of Nov. 22, 2017. He passed away due to interstitial lung disease. He went peacefully, surrounded by family.
Rick was born at the Old Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, to Roderic and Betty Carpenter. Rick attended Central Junior High School, then West Anchorage High School, where he became captain of the hockey team. Rick received a hockey scholarship at Alaska Pacific University. After college, Rick worked at Westway Steel.
In 1972, Rick joined the Local 751 Iron Workers Union of Alaska. In the late 1970s, Rick worked on the trans-Alaska pipeline. His career took him from the Aleutian Islands to Prudhoe Bay. In Alaska, Rick worked at Active Steel and Swanson Steel Engineering. Rick enjoyed fishing with the boys on his dads boat in Seward, Alaska, and building prize-winning model ships in Anchorage. He was an avid ocean lover. Rick learned how to sail boats and Celestial Sailing from a book. After Rick purchased his sailboat, he and a group of friends sailed from Seattle, Wash., to Seward, where he continued to live on the boat while working on the prison in Seward.
In 1988, Rick moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he met Debbie, the first bartender he met that he would marry 22 years later. Rick also worked for Swanson Steel in Hawaii for the many years that he lived in Hawaii. He enjoyed riding and collecting Harley Davidsons. Rick and Rod made a few road trips from Los Angeles, Calif., to Sturgis.
In 2005, Rick retired early and moved to Mesquite, Nev. There, he enjoyed the quiet life and growing his roses. On Oct. 24, 2010, he married his wife, Debbie. They had a wonderful life together.
Rick is preceded in death by his mother, Betty; and father, Roderic Carpenter. Rick is survived by his wife, Debbie; stepdaughter, Tricia her husband Jeremy; and two stepgrandchildren, Caius and Mikayla. Rick had many good friends that will always remember him such as ohana brother Rod.
He will be sadly missed by Debbie and family.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Dec. 22 to Dec. 24, 2017