He was born January 23, 1947 in Cedar City Utah to Sherman Ward Carter and Clara Mae Carter. He spent many wonderful years growing up in Beaver, Utah and was so proud of his hometown and the many friends and memories that he made growing up there.
Richard served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the North Central States Mission. He attended Southern Utah State University where he received a B.A. Degree in Music Education. While attending SUU, Richard met the love of his life Geri Barton while in a Music Theory class. They both formed a music quartet where they performed at many SUU and church events.
Richard married Geri Barton Carter on June 26, 1970 in the St George, Utah Temple where they were sealed for time and all eternity. They spent many years performing and singing together at many church events and among family. Music was very important and was always played in his home. Richard was also known to be able to play many musical instruments.
Both he and Geri were blessed to be parents of six children Kori Lynn, Russell Sherman, Shauna Kae, Brian Richard, Kriste Rae and Amy Marie. His children were is treasures in life and he adored them all. Richard worked as a Music Teacher at Beaver High School for three years where he was adored by his students. While in College, he found that he had a great love of the radio and worked as a Radio Announcer and fixed up radio stations for over 30 years throughout many locations. Richard was known for his perfect pitch and also worked within his own piano business The Loony Tuner where he tuned pianos. Richard also served faithfully for his church as a Bishop in Grants, New Mexico and in many other bishoprics and High Councils.
He had a great love of dancing and singing. His wife Geri says, he was the most amazing dancer and singer around. Richard was known for his quiet strength and humor. His family loved to see him perform his corny jokes and he brought about so much laughter within his family. Richard loved his Beaver Mountains and almost every year, took his grandkids on rides on the back of his truck throughout the mountains and by the lakes. Richard had a great love for his grandkids and loved to tease them. Everywhere Richard went he gave love and service. He will be missed by so many.
Richard is survived by: his wife Geri Barton Carter of Salem, Oregon, Daughter Shauna Kae Claudio Salem, Oregon, Son Brian Richard Carter and daughter in law Rachel Carter of North Ogden, Utah, Daughter Kriste Rae Young and son in law Greg Young of North Ogden, Utah. Sister Janet Smith and Brother in law Brent Smith of Beaver, Utah, Sister Linda Robinson and Brother in Law Noal Robinson of Beaver, Utah, Sister Mary Kerr and Brother in Law Glen Kerr of Salt Lake City, Utah, Brother Bill Carter and Sister in Law Connie Carter of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sister Carol Frank and Brother in Law Lee Frank of Annabella, Utah.
Richard is preceded in death by is Father Sherman Ward Carter, Mother Clara Mae Carter, Daughter Kori Lynn Carter, Son Russell Sherman Carter and Daughter Amy Marie Carter.
Richard’s family would like to thank Southern Utah Mortuary, the staff at Salem Oregon Hospital along with Richard’s cousin Melvin Carter and Brother in Law, Noel Robinson for the many years of medical services rendered. Also a special thanks to Brad Robinson along with other family and friends in Beaver, Utah.
A viewing will be held Friday, July 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Southern Utah Mortuary-Beaver at 195 North 200 West Beaver, Utah 84713. A Graveside service will follow at 12:00 p.m. at the Mountain View Cemetery 60 West Center Street, Beaver, Utah under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.