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Brian Wayne Carter, born to parents Tim and Tina Carter on February 13, 1975, in Bakersfield, CA. Passed away October 30, 2016. Brian had a big heart and cared for everyone. His vision was to bring the best out in everyone he met, even when he knew it was going to be a challenge. He didn't shy away from pushing people to achieve their goals. This included pushing himself to be the best person he could be. He shared many of his personal challenges with his students and players, instilling the belief that with hard work anything is possible. Everyone who knew him knew of his talents, and that he worked very hard to achieve his goals. Brian was admired by all for his drive, positivity and of course his sense of humor. He could always find the humor in any situation and make everyone laugh.
Brian was simply known as Coach Carter to many. He had a long career in basketball. He played for 20 years and coached for 15 years. He was outstanding as a player and even better as a coach. He started coaching at East High School and BC as an assistant then landed the boys head coaching job at South High School and Special Education teacher in 2008. There he soon knew he had found a home. His goal for his players was to play 100% at every practice and game. His goal for his students was to be consistent and take things one step at a time. Brian wanted to make a positive change for as many people as possible. He was dedicated to helping as many students as he could, even if they weren't in his class.
Brian graduated from East High School in 1993. He was awarded many accolades for his basketball career, including several athletic scholarships. He then went to Porterville College, CSUB and Point Loma Nazarene University, earning both a BA and a Masters degree.
Brian's favorite person is his daughter Emma. He loved spending every moment with her. They enjoyed going to sporting events and classic car shows together. Emma was his sidekick. Brian's passions included spending time with his family, teaching, coaching, basketball, football and going to car shows.
Brian was preceded in death by both his paternal grandfather and fraternal grandparents. Brian is survived by his daughter Emma Carter and her mother Angela Miller, parents Tim and Tina Carter, brother and sister-in-law Kyle and Cecilia Carter, nephews Austin and Aaron Carter, grand niece Brooklyn Carter, grandmother Rose Picco and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Brian will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Our hearts are broken.
"Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated."
Alphonse de Lamartine.
Viewing is set for Tuesday, November 8, 2016, from 4p.m. - 8p.m. at Greenlawn Mortuary (3700 River Blvd.) Services will be held Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 10a.m. at River Lakes Community Church (4301 Calloway Dr.)
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 6, 2016
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