“I’m going home.” As his caretakers were helping Dad, he looked at them and said, “Why all the fuss? I’m going home.” And that he did. Dad decided he was ready, it was time, and simply and peacefully turned out his earthly light and walked through the door. Now, Mom has been waiting a long time, over eight years. There’s no doubt she was on the other side of that door shaking her finger, “Where have you been? You’re late. Again. Everyone here has been waiting, a long time. Your mom, your dad, your brothers and sisters. Friends. Everyone. Even the dogs and horses. Now get in here!” And then she laughed and everyone laughed. And then they hugged. After years, and in many cases decades, everyone gathered for a long awaited reunion.
Allen Lynn Carter was born on November 27, 1926 to Archie Eugene and Annie Sims Jones Carter. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, in reality, he grew up on the family’s 1000 acre Mountain Meadows Ranch at Kimball’s Junction near Park City. He graduated from East High School and attended the University of Utah. He served in the US Army at the end of World War II and was stationed as part of the occupation forces in Japan. Upon his return, on a visit to the Utah State Capitol, he met a young and beautiful employee, Beverlee Andersen, whom he married on June 12, 1951, later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Allen was many things to many people: businessman, outdoorsman, hunter, camper, boater and skier. For decades he ran the family business started by his father: AE Carter Distributing, Eureka Appliance Company, Carter Brothers LLC, Durfee Creek Estates and others. Never would a year go by without visits to Lake Powell, Flaming Gorge, Bear Lake, Rockport Lake, the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains, Alta, Brighton or Park City. He made the family home at the base of beautiful Mt. Olympus. But more than ever, Allen was a family man dedicated to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. A lifetime member of the LDS Church and the Holladay 7th, Mt. Olympus 2nd and Olympus Cove wards. Although we will miss him here, and all of his many stories, we are excited he has stories to tell to a new and eager audience.
Allen is survived by his sons Richard A. "Rick" of Arlington, VA and Bradley A. (Rosalie) of Draper, UT; daughter Tracie Lynn Cushman of West Point, UT; six grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild; his sister Joyce (Blaine) Wilson of Santa Clara, UT, brother-in-law Keith Smith of Ivins, UT and sister-in-law Jerre Andersen of Huntington Beach, CA and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by Beverlee, his wife of 62 years, his parents, brothers Eugene Carter and Donald Carter and sisters Melba Linnell and Mary Ann Smith. The family would like to express its gratitude to Home Care Assistance SLC and Canyon Home Care and Hospice for their hours of dedicated service.
Friends and family are invited to attend a funeral service on Saturday, September 25 at 11:00 at the Larkin Mortuary Chapel, 260 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Friends may call prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:45. Interment at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the charity of their choice. Due to the high transmission rate of Covid-19, we are asking everyone to observe appropriate Covid-19 masking and distancing guidelines. Services were recorded and can be watched by clicking the "Watch Services" tab at the top of this page.
What a beautiful service for a wonderful Uncle and man! You all did an amazing job with such special tributes to your Dad! Thanks for the memories of all our times together! Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you as you adjust to not having your father around physically but he will be with you for comfort during this grieving time. Take care and know that we love you all!!
Russ and Vickie C Roberts and family
Uncle Allen we'll forever be in our hearts! His warmth and laughter always filled anyone who was in his presence. I am sure he is sharing stories with his new audience now; he truly was the best storyteller! We love and miss you! We look forward to when we will see you again!
I only met Mr Carter on one occasion and spoke with him a few times on the phone after that. I went with Rick up to his parents home and was able to meet both of his parents. What kind and considerate host and hostess they were! Delicious food and engaging conversation. I remember spending an evening reminiscing about Rick growing up. It was obvious they were filled with love and pride for all their children and cherished their memories.
It is crushing to lose some one you love but I hope there is consolation in knowing that Allen is reunited with all his loved ones now.
My best wishes and heartfelt sympathy go out to all of you in this time. Even when we know someone is to pass it is still heartbreaking when it happens.
The death of the father is the most painful moment in our life. Dealing with emotion in this situation is really difficult. The sad truth is, only the person who lost his father can feel how unbearable the pain is, no one else can feel it. So every now and then when some of our friends, colleagues, neighbors, well-known or closest ones, lose their father, it becomes really difficult for us to apprehend the situation they are going through
My heart goes out to you in this sorrowful time of yours. May your dad rest in peace. Remembering your deceased father and your family in my prayers. Please accept my condolences on his untimely death. May God usher you and your family with peace and comfort. My God receives your father in heaven.
We love and miss you Uncle Allen! Thank you for sharing your great smile, amazing stories and kind heart with us. You will always be in our thoughts, prayers and heart.