Robert Alan Carter passed away Friday, January 29, 2021, with his wife and family by his side.
Bob, a loving father and grandfather and retired aviation system data analyst, was born to Alfred J. Carter and Irene Ward Carter on July 8, 1950 in Chicago Il.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred J. Carter and Irene Ward Carter as well as his grandparents, Tillman E. Carter Jr., Nellie Tucker, Walter A. Ward and Sarah Madden.
Bob leaves behind his wife of nearly 18 years, Holly Adams Carter, his daughters, Michelle (Matt) and Heather, stepdaughters, Gina (Mike) and Brandy (Jonathan), his stepson, David (Jennifer), his brother Alfred J. Carter, Jr. (Anita), and 13 grandchildren, Makenna, Austin, Coledon, Hannah, Eli, Baylee, Jacob, Trinity, Nolan, Kaylee, Emma, Adalyn and Dexter.
Bob lived a very full life, dedicating his career to his beloved USA by serving in the US Navy honorably for 23 years. While in the Navy he worked mainly around aircraft and was responsible for the records information for each plane. Once he retired, he moved and settled in Arizona and started working for America West Airlines where he had a varied career in various positions. While there he made many friends and even after retiring has special connections to so many he met there.
He loved to travel and he and his wife Holly, were blessed to visit many places. Highlights are, many beautiful places in the US including Alaska, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Colorado, Washington State and Washington DC, Texas, Utah, Massachusetts, and New York. They also visited internationally to Mexico, Canada and Australia.
Bob’s favorite pastimes were traveling, watching movies and television, attending family member’s soccer games, football games, golf tournaments, basketball games, concerts, dance recitals, weightlifting, wrestling and their other pursuits.
He was an American patriot and always defended his country. He respected what his country was founded on and was very aware of the blessings this brought to him and everyone here. He was ready to defend it and his family at all costs and was prepared. He enjoyed going to the gun range with friends and family. He was very adept at this pursuit.
In later years, he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. For most of his life he was searching for the right place for him. When he found it, he joined, and like all important things in his life, he embraced it and dedicated himself to doing the right thing. He was a great example to all who knew him. Kind and willing to help in whatever he could, he lived the example of our Savior Jesus Christ and loved his fellow beings and respected everyone. One of his favorite opportunities was serving with the young men in the boy scouts’ program. He was not able to join when he was a boy, so this gave him the enjoyment of helping and learning at the same time. He made many good and lasting friendships.
Bob also had the opportunity to work with and spend time with his older brother AJ, once they were back together in Arizona. He had many stories to tell about this time and genuinely enjoyed being together after they were separated for so long.
Bob will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He was a true friend and confidant and for that we are all blessed having known and loved him.
A memorial service will be held for Bob on February 18, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 19730 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek, Arizona 85142. An interment service will follow at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bob’s memory to the Operation Underground Railroad, 7555 S. Main St. #194, Cedar City, UT, 84720.