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Larry William Carter

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Larry William Carter, age 70 of Goodyear, AZ died January 21, 2019 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born May 13, 1948 in Perth Amboy, NJ to Herbert and Marian Carter. Larry was a member of the US Marine Corps from June 30, 1966 – 1995, achieving the rank of Gunnery Sergeant specializing in Ground Safety. He served several tours of duty in Vietnam and also served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He received numerous commendations for his service including the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 1 bronze star, and Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Medal with Palm).

Although Larry was deployed in stations around the world, his family remained at home, patiently awaiting his return. He met his wife, Alice during the Vietnam War. She had volunteered to write a soldier and picked Larry’s name. Their love blossomed as they faithfully wrote each other and they began dating after he returned home. They were soon married. They raised four daughters who loved the souvenirs their father would bring home to them as well as the camping adventures that he would take them on.   When grandchildren came, Larry found a new love – and a reason to stay alive.

Larry was a maker and a handyman! He could fix anything that was broken. He loved wood working and frequently made furniture pieces and bird houses for his children and grandchildren. He loved to teach his grandchildren how to build and they loved learning those skills from their grandfather!

Larry is survived by his wife, Alice Carter; daughters, Nancy (Chris) Bates, Sarah Herrington, Mandy (Jaime) Fierro, and Kim (Carter) Anderson; mother, Marian Carter; brother, John Carter; and grandchildren, Sierra and Dane Bates; Hunter, Gryffon, and Feynx Herrington, and Maritza , Brianna, Fierro, Emme and Avery Anderson. He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Carter.

Larry was proud to be a marine and his life exemplified the best that our country has to offer. He was a good friend, a great husband, father and grandfather. Semper Fi Devil Dog! A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm,  Friday, March 22, 2019 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. The family suggests that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

8 Comments on “Larry William Carter

  1. So sorry to hear about Larry passing. I knew Larry through his brother John, as John and I made Eagle Scout together. I remember seeing Larry in his uniform when he finished basic, what a good looking Marine. Rest in Peace Marine.

  2. Larry was a great friend and coworker at OSHA. He was a fine example for new employees and performed his duties in an exemplary manner. I also served in Nam but I was in the Air Force in Para Rescue/Survival. Larry will be missed by the Old Guys Luncheon group. Larry was my friend and I will miss him very much. May he Rest In Peace. Love ya Larry.

  3. Rest in Peace Larry and fly with the angels! This great man will be missed.

  4. Larry always cared about other people and was always willing to help. It was a pleasure to be a friend and co-worker. I will miss our occasional meetings at Luke AFB and the luncheon talks. You made all of us better and proud to know you.

  5. Larry was a great example to us all at ADOSH, and a great friend. He and I travelled together a bit during his early time at ADOSH, and we learned a lot about each other during those endless hours driving all over Arizona. He was amazing. He loved to travel, camp, make sawdust on his saw, and fix things for everybody. There is an empty spot after he left us, and he will be forever remembered and missed. Godspeed Gunny! Keep things fixed and safe for us.

  6. Larry was a very kind hearted man I was sad to hear of his passing. May he Rest In Peace!

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