6/13/1919 -- 8/10/2007
Alan Floyd Carter departed this world on Aug. 10, 2007 bound for eternal life in the presence of God and Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior. Alan was born in Friday Harbor, WA June 13, 1919, the youngest of four children, to Cecil and Laura Sargent Carter. His childhood was filled with adventures with his siblings Gordon, Neil and Celia and friends as they explored the San Juan Islands, attended Friday Harbor High School, where Alan lettered in basketball, and worked various jobs including fishing and farming.
Alan attended Western Washington College before leaving to join the US Navy in Nov. 1940 intent on training in electronics. World War II found him serving in the Aleutian Islands with Patrol Bombing Squadron 136 and Patrol Wing 4 as an Aviation Chief Radioman.
After wars end Alan met Corinne Page in Seattle, WA and they were married in 1945 and settled in Friday Harbor. His father Cecil suggested he start an electrician business. Alan Carter Electric became Friday Harbor Electric in a partnership with Robert Sandwith, who took over the business when Alan entered San Juan County Bank in 1959.
Children Mary (Candy), Christine and Dennie arrived from 1946 to 1950, all being raised in the same house on John St. that has been Alan and Corinne's residence for all but the first few of their 62 years of marriage.
Alan served in various positions at San Juan County Bank until his retirement as Chairman in 1984. His successor, Brian Brown, described San Juan County Bank as "the engine" that drove the development of San Juan County. Countless people have shared how they got their financial start from Alan. Throughout his life Alan was involved in many civic and volunteer organizations, including: American Legion, officer of the San Juan Yacht Club, Mayor of Friday Harbor from 1960 to 1964, charter member and President of the local Lions Club, charter member of the Port Commission with William Talbott and Nourdine Jensen that guided the development of the Port of Friday Harbor, founding member and President of the San Juan Medical Center Association.
The Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church was a central part of his life, where he was a life-long member, singing in the choir, serving on various boards, an elder, teaching Sunday school, and the Financial Chairman for the construction of the new church. Hosting the annual Easter morning sun rise service at “the farm” was a tradition he loved, arriving at 5:30 to build the fires and personally greeting each person as they arrived.
Variety shows, plays and square dancing were activities Alan and Corinne enjoyed. Hunting, fishing and boating were life-long joys. His annual fishing trips to Nimpo Lake, BC with Ross Miner, Jim Hitch and family were a ritual from 1968 to 2006. He was an excellent shot and served as a “gun” for Springer spaniel field trials at West Valley Farm in the 1950s and 60s. Boating up north and yacht club activities were regular summer events in cruisers “Corky” and “Island Gypsy”. The farm was a 50+ year avocation where sheep, cows and horses were raised. Just being at the farm was one of his greatest pleasures.
Alan is survived by his wife Corinne, sister Celia Gregory, children and spouses Candy and Paul Dossett of Friday Harbor, Christine and Arthur Hagen of Camano Island, WA, Dennie and Cindy Carter of Eastsound, WA, grandchildren James and Katura Weber of Las Vegas, NV, Douglas and Suzanne Weber of Redmond, WA, Ensign Matthew Carter of Pensacola, Fl, Nathan, Emilia and Lisa Carter of Eastsound, WA, great-grandchildren Makenna and Emerson Weber of Redmond, WA.
For all his activities, Alan most loved to be with people. Despite health problems in later years, he was a regular at 5:30 morning coffee. Lunch at Vic’s was a favorite, since he would see and greet the most people, as was Sunday lunch at Downriggers. His beaming smile and warm greeting were given to anyone he met, whether stranger or life-long friend. His family was his greatest joy and he leaves us with so many wonderful memories of times together as he showed us how to love each other as children, parents, workers and friends.