Elmer Dean Carpenter, 85, of Terreton, passed away Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at his home.
He was born March 6, 1927, in Palisade, Colo., to Cecil Maurice Carpenter and Rickie Frome Fritz Carpenter. The family moved to Fruita, where he grew up and attended schools.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a gunners mate.
On Dec. 14, 1951, he married Lita Anne Mock in Grand Junction, Colo. They lived in Fruita, Colo., Blackfoot and Monteview, before moving to Terreton. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8893.
Dean was a member of the Community Church of Mud Lake. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling.
Survivors are his wife, Lita Carpenter of Terreton; sons, Nathan (Crystal) Carpenter of Arco, Ed (Chris) Carpenter of Blackfoot, Harley (Marie) Carpenter of Hamer, Kim Carpenter of Blackfoot and Scott (Barbara) Carpenter of Monteview; daughter, Shawna (Casey) Bare of Terreton; brother, Claude Carpenter of Hutchinson, Kan.; sister, Dorothy Ball of Grand Junction, Colo.; 20 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, one brother and two granddaughters.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Community Church of Mud Lake, 1122 E. 1500 North in Terreton, with Pastor Bryan Gomez officiating. The family will visit with friends from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in West Jefferson Cemetery.
The family suggests donations be made to the West Jefferson Senior Center, 1075 E. 1500 North, Terreton, ID 83450; or Community Church of Mud Lake, 1122 E. 1500 North, Terreton, ID 83450.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.