Funeral services will be held for Mickey Carter, 70, of Hagerman, at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel, with Brett Shangraw officiating. Interment will be in the Santa Fe National Cemetery. He went home on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.
Michael was born on Friday, Nov. 13, 1942, to Jesse and Sarah Remsburg Carter, in Hayward, Calif. He served in the United States Army and did a tour in Vietnam from 1968 -1969, where he received two Purple Hearts. He was a life member of the VFW, DAV, American Legion, and NRA, and a member of the Purple Hearts, Loyal Order of Moose, Second Amendment Foundation, American Hunting Association, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Mickey met Doe in 1974, and fell in love at first sight. The moment he met her he knew she was “the one.” They were married within six weeks and he moved her and their two boys to Alaska, then to Washington, and eventually settled in Hagerman in 1976, when Doe was pregnant with Michelle. He went to work for Buck Pirtle and Barney Green as foreman running hay cubers, where he employed every member of his family and all his friends for 20 years. He loved hunting and fishing, welding, cooking for hundreds of people at his famous get-togethers. He could grow massive gardens. He was very patriotic and proud of his country. He taught his children that freedom is never free, to fight for what is right, and to never back down. He would drop whatever he was doing to help a friend in need, and never wanted or expected anything in return. There was rarely a time when he didn’t have someone extra staying in his house because they needed a place to stay. At Christmas and Thanksgiving he would go around and pick up those who otherwise would be alone, and bring them home to have dinner with his family. He included his family in everything he did. He taught his children how to do things right the first time and never accepted less than their best. Once he retired, he enjoyed spending quality time with Doe, traveling, getting together with friends, and helping raise his grandkids, whom he cherished. He considered his friends family, and always treated them as such. He had a hard tongue and a soft heart and loved to make people laugh. If you made the mistake of letting him know how to get to you, you were in trouble, because he would harass you every chance he could get. He could get away with almost anything with his crooked smile and innocent look. He was the leader of the family and held on as long as he could to make sure they would all be okay.
Michael is survived by his wife of 38 years Doreen (Doe) Carter, of the family home in Hagerman; his father-in-law Lucky Warren, of Hagerman; his son Shayne Carter and his wife Wendy, of Germany; his son Shawn Carter, of Hagerman; his daughter Michelle Hudson and her husband Jason, of Capitan; his brother Pat Carter of California; his chosen brother Sam Huerta, of California; two sisters, Linda DeLacy and Darcy Lawson, of California; his sister-in-law Bonnie Warren, of Del Rio, Texas; his grandsons, Eric Carter, Johnathan Carter, Chance Carter, Derrick Hudson, Anthony Burge and Terry Burge; his granddaughters, Shantel Carter, Sarah Booher, Sunshine Carter, Michaela Hudson, Shelby Carter and Iris Losoya; one great-granddaughter Zoie Speaker, and one more on the way. He had numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved very much, and all his friends, whom he considered family.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jesse and Sarah Carter; his brother Tim Teeters; his mother-in-law Sarah Warren; and his brother-in-law Dee Warren.
Pallbearers will be Shawn Carter, Jason Hudson, Lea Elrod, Eric Carter, Johnathan Carter, Sam Huerta, John D. Langenegger, Bill Pollard and Tye Thomas.
Honorary pallbearers are Shayne Carter, Lucky Warren, Derrick Hudson, Richard Warren, Michael Warren, Coy Warren, John Ison Warren, Dr. Mike Grafe, Bubba Elrod, Rudy Medrano, Eddie Medrano, Mike Mendoza, Mac Griffin, Paul George, Dick Wyman and the Dunnahoo boys.
Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online registry book at andersonbethany.com.
Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.