Stephen A Carter
Born: 1/12/1948, Downey, California
Stephen Allen Carter lost his long battle with cancer on January 9th, 2016. Stephen was born on January 12, 1948 in Downey, California to Ralph (Rip) and Charlene Jones Carter. He graduated from Nogalas High School in California. It was during his senior year he fell in love with Frances Grace Mitchell. They married April 1966, had one child Christina F. Woodard. They later divorced in 1973. It was then in May of 1973 that he joined the Navy and became an Aviation Machinist. He enjoyed his tours on various Aircraft carriers, where he would take apart and fix then put back together the engines of the jet airplanes. During his service he served in Vietnam War and the Gulf War., done 20 tours around the world and served 30 years in the navy. It was then, when he retired in 2003, he moved to Moab to be closer to his daughter and her family. He got a job as a janitor for the school district. He enjoyed his 5 years working there until he lost to much of his jaw to cancer. He didnít want to offend the kids by his looks, so he retired completely. It was then that he started building cars and repairing engines for people. He also had a love for building model airplanes and playing with trains, like he did when he was a kid.
Death: 1/9/2016, Moab, Utah
His last project he was working on was rebuilding a 1931 ford coupe for his daughter and son-in-law. The dreaded cancer was too much for him to finish, now his daughter and son-in-law have to finish it.
Stephen was preceded in death by his father Ralph (Rip) Carter, mother Charlene Shelly, stepmother Billie Carter-Daniels, and sister Janis Carter.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Christina (Don) Woodard, niece Becky Recavarren of California, 3 grandsons Justin (Thuy ) Woodard of Moab, Aaron (Lucinda) Woodard of Moab, and Coy (Kalan) Woodard of Cortez, CO; 6 great grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter.
As a very private man, he requested no services. In lieu of flowers, the family request you to give donations to the wounded warriors.
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