James E. Carter Sr.


Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2007



Longtime Alaskan James E. Carter Sr. died Tuesday, June 5, 2007, from heart failure at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, June 11, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 225 S. Spruce Ave. in Kenai. Father Frank Reitter will officiate. Pallbearers will be Mr. Carter’s grandchildren, Michael Carter, Erin Homer, Joel Carter, Jason Dunsmore, Melissa Saathoff, Erica Lund, Kristin Dunsmore and Lawren Carter.

Mr. Carter was born Nov. 17, 1927, to James and Myrtle (Kerns) Carter in Warrenton, Va. He entered the U.S. Coast Guard and served during World War II. He moved to Anchorage in 1946, where he worked for the FAA in flight service from 1946-53, air traffic control from 1953-63, chief of military liaison to Alaska Command/NORAD from 1963-71, chief of plans, programs and evaluations from 1971-73 and chief of air space procedures from 1973-78. He retired on an early out program with grade GS-15.

He was chosen as the U.S. Department of Transportation Retiree of the Year in 1978 and received the Outstanding Wing Commander in 1970 for his service in the Civil Air Patrol, Certificate of Commendation from the USAF CINCAL in 1973 and the FAA Certificate of Achievement in 1977.

Mr. Carter moved to Kenai in 1978. He semi-retired in ’78 and assisted with the management of family business activities. He served as special assistant to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Don Gilman in ’87, the executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Economic Development District from 1988-91 as well as commissioner for the Alaska Public Utilities Commission from 1992-95. He was past president of the Kenai Peninsula Caucus, Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Board and Kenai Chamber of Commerce, past director for the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, chairman for the 1991 Kenai Peninsula United Way fund drive and former member of the Kenai Resource Development and city of Anchorage Parking commissions.

Mr. Carter retired as a state commander of the CAP-USAF after 14 years of service with the rank of colonel. He was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Kenai Elks Lodge, QB’s, Pioneers of Alaska, Air Force Association, National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the Kenai, Soldotna and Nikiski chambers of commerce.

Mr. Carter enjoyed golfing, fishing and spending time with his Labrador retriever.

“Jim was truly loved by all, family, friends and those who met him in his varied and well respected careers,” his family said.

Mr. Carter was preceded in death by his parents, James W. and Myrtle Lee Carter.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Sue Carter of Kenai; daughters and sons-in-law, Margie and Scott Nelson of Issaquah, Wash., Kathi Humble and Jim Cox of Peoria, Ariz., and Patsy and Mike Dunsmore of Anchorage; son, James E. Carter Jr. of Anchorage; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Elsie Watson of Wenatchee, Wash.; brother, James W. Carter of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Judy Haley of DeLand, Fla.; and special friend, Katie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3700 Woodland Drive, Suite 700, Anchorage, AK 99517 or the American Diabetes Association, 801 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 103, Anchorage, AK 99503.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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