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R. Paul Carter

November 27, 1940 — February 18, 2023


On Saturday, February 18, 2023, R. Paul Carter, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, peacefully passed away at the age of 82, exactly 9 years to the day of his father’s death.

Paul was born on November 27, 1940, to Ralph S. and Fern P. Carter. He lived most of his life in Porterville, Utah. He married Vanna Porter on July 6, 1961 and they had 5 children, Sharalee (Craig) Hall, Dana (Jamie) Wilde, Lori Carter, Jody (Rhonda) Carter, and Brady (Shari) Carter, 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his siblings, Vaughn (Carolee) Carter, Shirley Dearden, Frank (Carla) Carter, Julie (Paul) Johnson, RaNae (Randy) Stevenson, Lee (Jeannie) Carter, and Lisa (Michael) Kelly. He was preceded in death by his spouse Vanna Carter, parents, sister Elaine Barton, brother-in-law Carl Dearden, and great-grandchild Hadlee Ashcroft.

Paul was raised on a farm with 8 siblings where he learned to work hard. He carried that work ethic wherever he went. He and Vanna moved their family to Grand Junction, Colorado where he worked for Garrett Freight Lines. In 1970, Paul made the decision to go back to college so they moved back to Utah. He graduated from Weber State with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and began working for Utah Power & Light/Pacific Corp./Rocky Mountain Power until his retirement. He remained life-long friends with his co-workers there.

Paul loved gardening and was well known for being an expert on the timing for planting in Morgan, County. He was a jack-of-all-trades and could build or fix almost anything. He had a love for restoring antiques and collecting historical things. He loved to fish, hunt, golf, and travel with friends. He loved camping and took his family to the mountains often. He loved family get-togethers at home where his wife Vanna was the perfect host. He always welcomed and loved all who entered his door.

He and Vanna had a special relationship and were rarely seen without the other. They loved and taught country line dancing together for years. They served an Ogden Inner-City Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Her unexpected death in 2021 left him heart-broken and lonely and we know their reunion was sweet.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 11:30 am at the Morgan 5th Ward Chapel in Porterville with a visitation that same morning from 9:00-11:00 am at the church.

Interment will be at the South Morgan Cemetery.

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