James "Craig" Carter, 65, of Durham, CA, consummate adventurer and generous soul, left this world on July 29th, 2013 in Red Bluff, CA while enjoying his passion as a longtime avid pilot.
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Raised in Paradise, CA, Craig was born December 26, 1947 in Medford, Oregon, to Jean Catherine McPherson Carter and Wilmer Hershel "Boss" Carter. He is survived by his much-loved son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Tanya Carter of Sacramento, CA; the three wonderful grandsons they gave him: Travis, Justin and Ryan; his loving companion and best friend, Jenny Marr of Chico, CA; his sister, Shelley Carter and family, of Albuquerque, NM. He is also survived by his former wife of 35 years, Judith Helen Evett Carter of Paradise, CA and many friends around the country.
After graduating from Paradise High School, Craig earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry at The University of Idaho, Moscow. He served in the US Air Force as a First Lieutenant, a Commissioned Officer and a Deputy Missile Combat Crew Launch Officer. In his military service he was awarded numerous honors, including National Defense Service Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and a National Defense Service Medal. His career in forestry included positions with Diamond International Corporation, Sierra Pacific Industries, and 26 years with Cal Fire until his retirement. As a private consultant, Craig continued to offer his expertise as a Fire Behavior Analyst throughout the country.
Craig was a loving, caring person with a strong desire to help others. He was a skilled problem solver and a gifted craftsman, having built two beautiful homes, largely with his own hands. There was nothing he wouldn't attempt to fix or create if he or a friend needed it. Craig took great pleasure in exploring the adventures this world has to offer. He loved flying, white water rafting, locating hot springs throughout the western states, hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing and gardening. He recently floated the Alsek River in Alaska.
He is profoundly missed.
Services, with Fireman's and military honors, will be held August 24th, 2013 at 10:00 am on the grounds of Durham Community Park, 1847 Durham Dayton Highway, Durham, CA.
Donations in Craig's memory would be welcomed by: North Valley Blood Source Chico, CA 555 Rio Lindo Ave, 95926 (530) 893-5433 www.bloodsource.org (NV Blood donations should be accompanied by Donor Club number 0733 for Craig Carter) ; The Weimaraner rescue in Northern CA www.norcalweimrescue.org ; Friends of the River, the voice of California's rivers www.friendsoftheriver.org.
Published in Paradise Post from Aug. 9 to Sept. 8, 2013