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Christopher Ross Carter Jan. 18, 1984 Oct. 19, 2010 SALEM - Christopher Ross Carter passed away on Oct. 19, 2010, at the age of 26. He was born Jan. 18, 1984, in Long Beach, California, to Jeffrey and Shiela (Skinner) Carter. Christopher moved to Salem as a child and attended McKay High School. He had many interests and lived life to the fullest. Christopher was a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades and did a lot of remodeling on their home. He had been a roadie for the band Quandry and was working as a pantry cook at The Ram Restaurant. Christopher was very involved in Magic: The Gathering. He owned and operated Card Advantage, an online store. He had played in many tournaments and enjoyed buying and selling cards. Christopher married Michelle Barruga, the love of his life in Hawaii on July 1, 2008. Christopher is survived by his wife, Michelle; children, Ricky, Stephanie, Christian, Lilian and Moxie; parents, Jeffrey and Shiela Carter; grandparents, David Skinner and Carol Miller; aunt, Diana Larsen and uncle, Daniel Skinner. A Celebration of Christopher's life will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. Contributions may be made to any IBEW/SJ Cascade Federal Credit Union location. For a list of locations, go to www.ibewsjcu.org/contact.htm. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.


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Published in The Statesman Journal on Oct. 27, 2010.
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November 26, 2010
For 2 years at the end of high school, Chris and I were very close friends. Chris taught me about God. Life.  The Love of best friends. The pricelessness of late night talks and the meaning of dreams. He altered my perception of the world forever. 

Few people enter our lives and change the 'big picture' paths we take. I can honestly say that there have been only 3 people in all of my life who have touched me in that way; Chris was one of them. an old soul being carried through the world, by the wind, in the body of youth. 

We had a ton of fun and sometimes got in to a little trouble....

If there was one thing I would want the world to remember about Chris, it's this: he was always kind to everyone, from all walks of life, all creeds; Chris was never intentionally mean others to make himself feel good. 

I see the light that Chris had in his eyes in the eyes of his children and in Miki. That glow was infectious. I will NEVER forget that sly smile...
Kristin Weddle (Williams)
November 26, 2010
I miss you buddy. I miss your hugs. You were one of the few people I've ever met that hugged with their whole soul. I remember telling Nate several times "I like Carter's hugs". I miss walking downstairs and hearing you and Nate chatting up your conspiracy theories. I never knew what it was you two were talking about but it always sounded fun. You understood one another. I miss the way you used to dig straws out of my garbage can only to recycle them and to reprimand me later about throwing them away. There are just so many things about you that I will miss, it would be impossible to list them all.... I am sad that I lost such an amazing friend, I'm sad that Nate lost one of his best friends, and I'm sad that one day when we get married you won't be there to stand by Nate's side. He wouldn't of had it any other way. I love you Chris. I hope you are still able to see your beautiful family everyday. I know that heaven would not be heaven without that. RIP my dear friend.
Jennifer Rathsack
November 26, 2010
I dont really know what to say...you were an awesome person, one of the most genuine caring real people ive ever met. It was a privelage to know you. We some great memories and ill never forget them or you. You are loved and missed. My thoughts and prayers and love are with your family. watch over all who love you. Rest in Paradise xo See you on the other side my friend.
Shannan Kinsey
November 26, 2010
Chris you weren't just a good friend you were a good father and husband to your family. Someone who was a real pleasure to talk to one of the most sincerest of persons you could meet. I only knew you for a short time, but I could see you were a very genuine person with everybody. You will be missed man.
Adam Peloquin
November 17, 2010
I am sitting here stunned and at loss for words. I knew Carter as a teenager when I would be at FNM at Borderlands; the old location. He was a good player and a decent kid. I remember his smile and wit.

To his wife, family, and friends my heart goes out to you tonite.
Johnathon Hammer
November 11, 2010
I remember meeting you in high school and thinking that this is the coolest guy I have ever met. I still havent met anyone like you and I know I never will. We all lost an amazing person and I believe we will all meet up again one day.
Gwenn
November 11, 2010
Chris. It feels like just yesterday that you passed away. I remember when the kids were asleep and you, my dad, Miki and I all played clue. Miki and I were a team and you and my father were a team. Miki and I kicked your butt. It's sad to see you go so soon. It sucks that we will never be able to have a fun time playing clue again. Do you remember that day? I'm sure Michelle does. Knew you for 2 years and I must say that we got a long very well. I am thankful to have even known you that long. You are loved and missed very much. Watch over us all, especially your kids and wife. We will never forget you.

P.S. Carter... you have my big sister up there in heaven with you. At least you won't get lonely. Take care of her. I love her and miss her very much as well. XOXO
Shaina Nussbaum
November 11, 2010
You and I only really talked a few times, mostly we were just ships passing. I really only knew you through Miki's eyes. Whenever we talked the conversation always drifted to you. When you first met was a time she and I talked often, and when she spoke of you it was that "new love" talk, where you were greatest thing that ever happened to the world. We all think like that when first we fall in love. But years went by and that talk always stayed the same. That "new love" never seemed to fade as it does with so many others. I knew you from a distance, but it was easy to see that you were an amazing force in this world. I wish I had known you better in this life and I hope to see you again in the next.
Dave Smith
November 7, 2010
Carter and my brother were friends for probably close to thirteen years if not longer.... You became my little brother too. You were a friend and family to us all, you were there through so many tough times and you will be sorely missed. You were loved and cherished by so many and I will truly miss you and remember your incredible zest and passion for life. My thoughts and prayers to his whole family, we all love you and miss Carter with you all.
Danielle Mathies
October 31, 2010
You were once a very important part of my life and knowing you has made an everlasting impression on my life. I cherrish every memory of you. I love you, I always loved you and I always will. I miss you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Malinda Tarr
October 30, 2010
Carter, you had the ability to bring so much joy and laughter into this world and now that you are gone may it continue in your honor. When someone is reminded of something that you did, may their eyes light up and laughter erupt from the voice.
Carter, your memory will live on forever because no one could forget a man like you. Even after a single encounter.
Thank you for being you!
May you watch over your family, friends, and loved ones eternally.
Angie Tuttle
October 30, 2010
You gave me the chance no one else did. Look at me now. . .
John Doe
October 30, 2010
I will always remember the sweet kid who spent nights at my house...with jeremy and Jeramy...playing music and cards...The sweet kid I jokingly referred to as Eddie Haskel. Prayers and thoughts with Michelle and the children. Heaven has a new angel watching over us all. Farewell on your final journey.
Teresa Reaves
October 30, 2010
When I think of you, I think of your amazing spirit, and although you are not with us today, it brings me some comfort knowing you will be watching over your friends and family from Heaven. We love you! You are definitely missed! I'm blessed for have knowing you!
Nicole Craft
October 30, 2010
Your amazing ...always will be. Ill miss you is an understatement
savannah admire
October 30, 2010
My prayers are with your beautiful wife and children as they endure the painof your loss,Look for his laughter and love in the faces of those precious girls Michelle In them HE LIVES FOREVER.
Misty Fox
October 29, 2010
One of the most surprising things about this untimely death of a true free spirit is the fact that when I think of Carter, I think of him exuding an aura of invincibility. (in Magic the Gathering they call this trait "Indestructible" which is an ability Carter certainly possessed despite this tragedy)

This man climbed buildings in a single bound and never fell...

I will forever glance up at rooftops expecting to see his impish grin shining down from on high.

Please everyone, remember to acknowledge and appreciate the little things about this life while it lasts.

Carter's ability to "stop and smell the roses", really take in his surroundings, be observant of beauty and the needs of those around him is something I will always remember about him.

May he rest in peace. He will be remembered and missed.
Jeramy Bray
October 29, 2010
As long as I breathe you will spoken of with honor.
Paul
October 28, 2010
Chris, I'm so happy that I met you and had the honor of being your friend. I'm never going to forget you, Carter <3
Tamee C
October 28, 2010
The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.
Kerry Westling
October 28, 2010
Chris you will never be forgotten! Michelle you and your family are in our prayers please don't hesitate to call if there is anything you need I know your a strong women but even strong people need help sometimes xoxo.

Our Condolences,
Jon Libke & Ashley Fox
October 28, 2010
Chris, it was too early for you to leave...you where a great card friend and a great guy to hang out with..my prayers go to michelle and ricky...im sorry for your loss
mark schantz
October 28, 2010
You will never be forgotten
Kimmie
October 28, 2010
Wishing you a peaceful journey.
Emily
October 28, 2010
Carter, you touched so many people's lives, you will be in all of our hearts and memories forever. We love you, Michelle. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you and the kids.
Erin and Don
October 28, 2010
We Love You Chris and we always will...Gone Too Soon....
The Skinners
October 27, 2010
i have been praying for your family. just know that God is with you Michelle!
Montasna Orozco
October 27, 2010
You will always be in my heart. You will be dearly missed by many and will never be forgotten. I hope the best for your family and children.
Amy Weibel
October 27, 2010
My heart breaks with the loss. We love you Michelle. Our prayers are with you and yours.
Devoe Family
October 27, 2010
SHIRLEY MCCOY
October 27, 2010
I AM SO SOORY FOR YOUR LOSS MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR CHILDERN

SHIRLEY MCCOY,SALEM,OREGON
October 27, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. Chris was an intelligent, witty guy. May your memmories of him bring you peace during this difficult time.
Meghan Rutledge
October 27, 2010
Chis was such an eccentric guy. He was always good at making me rethink my current beliefs and understandings. He was always challenging what always seemed impossible to be possible. He was a prankster and a true kid at heart. My heart aches for his family because I am sure that he was a main staple in their home. May Michelle and her children carry on with the best memories of Chris. I will forever hold on to my good memories of him!
R P
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