Lifelong Alaskan, Patrick Lewis Carter Jr., passed away peacefully in his sleep Dec. 28, 2012, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.
Following a valiant and victorious battle against cancer, he received autologous stemcell transplant therapy. It was successful. However, his immunity still low, Patrick succumbed to complications resulting from influenza.
Patrick was born Aug. 10, 1961, to Sheila R. McKeag-Carter and Patrick L. Carter Sr. in Fairbanks. He was raised in a family of "dog people" and inherited a great compassion for all animals, especially Rottweilers.
He is a past member of the Tanana Valley Kennel Club, and enjoyed showing dogs, with his mom, owner of Sheila Rae Kennels.
Patrick attended North Pole High School, and after graduating, entered and completed the culinary arts program at Hutchison Career Center. He loved to cook.
He was fortunate to live a life wherein passions match talent and skills. He decided to serve his country, joining the Navy, where he continued to hone his skills.
He graduated as an APR communications navigation systems specialist and Naval Class A mess specialist. From Aug. 28, 1981, to Aug. 27, 1985, Patrick served on the USS Long Beach, doing what he loved - he was one of the main chefs on board.
After returning to civilian life in Alaska, he worked for Northland Wood Products for 28 years, dedicated to a strong work ethic. During this time, he developed connections and friendships with many people of all ages and walks of life.
Patrick shared his culinary talents on holidays and other ocassions, to the delight of his friends and family.
He is survived by his father, Patrick L. Carter, Sr.; and his mother, Sheila R. McKeag-Carter, of North Pole; his sister, Linda M. Carter; his aunt and uncle in Snohomish, Wash., Bermeyle and Charlie Pittman; numerous nieces, nephews and other members of his extended family, friends and associates in Alaska. He is also survived by his 'kids' - one cat and a Rottweiller.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, David and Marie McKegg, of North Pole; and Nita and Harry Carter, Sr., of Fort Yukon.
His family thanks the medical team who worked dilligently in the treatment and care of Patrick. He is missed and will be remembered always by those honored to have known him.
A graveside service will be announced at a later date.