Donald Edward “Don” Carter, 81, passed away Oct. 27, 2013, at home in Parkdale, Ore., with family by his side. He was born Nov. 1, 1931, in Hood River, the second son of Ralph and Elsbeth (Malaer) Carter.
Don grew up in the Hood River Valley and graduated and lettered as a Dragon at Hood River High School (now Hood River Middle School). He went on to marry his high school sweetheart, Kelita (Peggy) House on Oct. 31, 1952.
Don lived and worked in the Hood River Valley his entire life. Early years found Don employed at Dee sawmill and operating a small dairy on Methodist Lane.
In 1958 the family moved to Parkdale and worked on what was to become the “home place” of Cascade Dairy. There he, Peggy, their four children and various hired help ran a prosperous dairy and farming enterprise.
Don is survived by his four children: Melba Lefler, of Powell Butte, Ore., Nancy Lunt, of Parkdale, Ore., David Carter and Daniel Carter, both of Parkdale; 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Peggy; two brothers; and companion of eight years, Shirlee Kerr.
The family requests that donations be made in Donald’s memory to the; American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, Parkinson’s Foundation or the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Services are planned for 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Anderson’s Tribute Center led by Oscar Stenberg III and Bob Huskey. A reception will follow and then graveside rites at Mountain View Cemetery. Viewing is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Anderson’s, as well as the day of Don’s service.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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