At the young age of 57, with family by his side at his home in Fair Oaks, CA, Stuart Alan Carter was called to rest May 22, 2018, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Born Sept. 3, 1960, in Canton, OH, Stuart was the youngest of six children to Joseph and Dorothy (Eick) Carter.
Surviving siblings include one brother, Steven P. Carter, who resides with parents on the family farm near New Harrisburg; his sisters, Jo Anne (Edwin) Jones, of Carrollton, and in the Sacramento, CA area, Jeanetta (Dominic) Accettola and Jackie (Maurice) Wilson. His older sister, Susan Carter Sweebe, proceeded him in death (2014).
Growing up, Stuart attended the New Harrisburg Presbyterian Church. He was a 4-H member and wrestled during Jr. High but preferred the coronet and marching band. He graduated from Carrollton High School in 1978.
After graduation, Stuart enlisted in the US Army and served active duty from 1978 to 1981, and reserve until 1983.
During this time, he was stationed at various bases, including the US Army Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama (1978-79). He became a sharpshooter (M-16 rifle) and trained in Nuclear Weapons Maintenance. In New Mexico at Kirkland Air Force Base, Stuart trained in Nuclear Emergency Team Operations (1979).
Stuart was stationed in Germany at Zweibrucken Air Force Base (1980-81). During this time, he enjoyed skiing in South Germany’s Black Forest (Schwarwald). He was awarded the US Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service (1981). This reflected the high standards which Stuart carried throughout his life.
In 1981 after the US Army, he returned home and joined other family as an owner/operator commercial driver with many, many “truck driver” stories.
During this time, Stuart studied at Kent State University, Tuscarawas Campus, New Philadelphia. In 1983, he graduated with Associate of Applied Science in Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology, and later received his four-year degree.
In 1986, Stuart relocated to Sacramento, CA, and began his engineering career. Over the next few years, he worked at Harry A. Yee & Associates, Peters Engineering, and Interface-Norberg Engineering.
From 1987-2017, Stuart was a 30-year member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), Motherlode Section. He would often reminisce about associates and events, which included an award of Appreciation for Audio/Visual Chairman of JACKPOT 89.
In 2000, Stuart began his career at the State of California and was promoted to Senior Electrical Engineer at Department of General Services, Real Estate Services Division (RESD) in Sacramento, CA. Family often teased that he knew where “things” were hidden in closets, walls and ceilings due to various site inspections at state buildings. There are many stories; nothing classified or top secret, but one specifically about an “exploding toilet”. Stuart was proud of his license as a Professional Electrical Engineer. Due to illness, he worked until 2017 and retired early in 2018; almost 20 years.
Stuart had a variety of interests which included riding motorcycle, gunsmithing, on-line gaming and activities in an old English car club with his prized Spitfire 1500. Stuart was always ready for “family projects” which included a box of donuts; anything from installing tile floors, supervising nieces on how to change the oil in cars, giving nephews tips on how to ride a dirt bike or how to demo a kitchen wall. He was “Mr. Fix-it” and 1st response roadside assistance for our stranded vehicles and car accidents. He always had time to help family and friends move, move and move again. His big smile, quick wit and kind heart earned him the love and respect of family, friends and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
In remembrance of Stuart, a memorial plaque will be located at the Capitol Rose Garden (15th & L) in Sacramento, CA. Interment will be in Ohio at the New Harrisburg church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contribution to the American Cancer Society will be greatly appreciated (or other charity).
~~ Forever in the hearts of those who loved him ~~