James Carter

James R. Carter James "Jim" Carter, age 64, a cherished son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend, who devoted his life to those who surrounded him, died from natural causes on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at his home in Lakewood, WA. Jim was born on August 11, 1948 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, to Carl and Helen Carter. Jim graduated locally from Lakes High School in 1966 and attended Washington State University, graduating with honors in 1970. Following in his father's footsteps, who served in the military for 30 years and retired as the Army's senior Chief Warrant Officer 4 in 1961, Jim was commissioned in the United States Army in 1970 and served honorably for 30 years before retiring as a Colonel in 2000. Keeping with family tradition, his daughter, Sherri, served in the Army for 20 years until she retired in 2010 and his sons-in-law, Bill and Aron continue to serve today. After retiring from the military, Jim continued his life of public service, working for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services until his death. Jim was preceded in death by his father Carl and his sister Donna. He is survived by his mother Helen, his wife of 23 years, Susan, and their children Eric Carter, Kristin Carter Miller (Bill), Michelle Kincaid, Sherri Kincaid Horiel (Aron), and their respective families. Jim was a man of character who was only capable of giving 100% to every aspect of his life. He lived his life with honor, integrity, compassion, and unwavering devotion to his family, friends, and the nation; serving as a role model for those around him. Jim loved golf, travel, and running, and was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. He was an inspiration to us, and his memory, undiminished by his unexpected passing, will echo eternally in the lives of everyone who loved him and in return were loved by him. A memorial service followed by a Celebration of Life will be conducted at the Indian Summer Golf Club in Lacey, WA on March 10, 2013 at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Armed Services Blood Bank, or a veteran's organization of your choice, in Jim's honor. "As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round." ~ Ben Hogan

Published in The Olympian on Mar. 6, 2013