David V. Carter died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 at Trinity Manor in Dodge City.
David V. Carter died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 at Trinity Manor in Dodge City. Mr. Carter was born in Great Bend, on July 25, 1934, to Virgal A. Carter of Osceola, Iowa, and Estey Mae Beals Carter of Coffey, Mo. He was 78 years old. Mr. Carter spent most of his life in and around the Dodge City area, although he also lived in Great Bend, Rocky Ford, Colo., Cimarron, Wichita, and Safford, Ariz. He graduated from Dodge City Senior High in 1952. He attended Dodge City Community College before transferring to Ft. Hays State University where he received his bachelor's degree in 1957. Mr. Carter earned a Master's degree from Emporia State University in 1967. While at Ft. Hays State University, David met Barbara Jean Bauer of Radium, Kan. They married on August 12, 1956, in Larned, Kan. David and Barbara are the proud parents of five children; David A. and Heidi Carter of Stillwater, Okla.; Philip W. and Margaret Carter of Newburgh, Ind.; Steven E. and Alison Carter of Arkadelphia, Ark.; Susanna J. and Dale Stott of Riverton, Utah; and Jared S. and Irina Carter of Wichita. Dave and Barbara have twenty grandchildren. Mr. Carter enjoyed a distinguished career in education. After graduation from Ft. Hays he taught school in Safford, Wichita, and Cimarron. He also taught for thirty five years at Dodge City Community College where he literally educated thousands of students. In addition to teaching, David worked in retail at Anthony's Army Store, J.C. Penney, J.M. McDonald, and Sears. Throughout most of his life, Mr. Carter worked for Cooper Theatres selling tickets at the Boot Hill and South drive-ins. One of David's passions was the movie industry. In 1976, Mr. Carter produced an independent movie, The Hideout, which was filmed around the Dodge City area. He wanted to see more family-oriented movies. The movie centered on a heroic Depression-era sheriff who captures a gang of bank robbers and saves his son from imminent danger. In July 1977 The Hideout premiered with great fanfare at the Dodge Theatre. David was an avid KU Jayhawk basketball fan who rarely missed a televised game. Mr. Carter also enjoyed eating out, especially Mexican food. He was a regular at both El Charro and Casa Alvarez restaurants. Finally, David was involved in genealogy and family history research. He worked as a volunteer at the LDS Family History Center in Dodge City. David was a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as Branch President (pastor) of the Dodge City branch (congregation) from 1967-1971. He also served in various other church positions throughout his life. David and Barbara Carter sealed their marriage for time and eternity in Mesa, Ariz., LDS temple on October 31, 1958 Mr. Carter is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Barbara; their five children; twenty grandchildren; and his sister Sara Downing of Dodge City. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Maryellen Carter Ewalt of Holcomb, Kan.; sister, Virginia Carter of Palm Springs, Calif.; and his close cousin, James Moore of Lawrence, Kan. The Carter family would like to thank Doriane Rankin for her caring support of the family during the final days of Mr. Carter's life. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Bishop David Bunkall presiding. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City. Visitation will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Memorials are suggested to LDS Perpetual Education Fund. in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.