Vern Arthur Carter was born on April 1, 1930 to Elwood Berlin Carter and Malinda Ella Newell Carter. He was a true April fool's baby who was well known as a jokester with a dry sense of humor. He had the ability to cheer up those he met and bring a smile to even the most unhappy people. Vern spent his childhood on his parents’ farm learning everything imaginable related to farmwork. There he also learned to be a Master Technician which he carried throughout the rest of his life. He attended Tabiona High School in Duchesne County. Vern served a three year mission to Norway as a representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon returning home, he reconnected with and married his Norwegian sweetheart, Gerd Weiberg. Later they divorced after 25 years of marriage. Vern and Gerd are the parents of 8 children.
Vern was an active member of the community. He served in the Utah House as a Utah State House of Representative. Vern served as the 1st and 2nd Counselor in the Granger 6th Ward Bishopric in the Granger East Stake. Vern was a hard worker, a jack of all trades, he always needed to stay busy, even well into his retirement years.
Vern passed away peacefully one week after his 90th birthday, surrounded by loved ones in his daughter's home on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. Vern is survived by Knut (Susan) Carter, Vern Jr "Chip" (Val) Carter, Eric Carter, Karen (Randy) McCleve, Newell (Jackie) Carter Weiberg, Gerd (Mike) Quigley, Duane Carter-Weiberg, Chad Weiberg, 38 grandchildren, and 75 great grandchildren, and 3 great, great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Memorial Redwood Mortuary and Cemetery 6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah 84123. Interment to follow. Due to the landscape of COVID-19, the family invites you to participate via live-stream at the graveside service from your home. To do so, please see the instructions below. There will be a sharing of memories which will
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Life Story Info
I'm sad to hear of Vern's passing. He was one of my grandma's best friends. My grandma was Ruth Peterson, and they had so much fun together for many, many years. He was also so kind to her and kind to me, too!!! I love Vern's laugh, his smile, and his willingness to help everyone!!! The world lost an amazing man!!!
During our early years in Granger 6th Ward, the Carters were good friends and added much to our life as we settled in there. Vern was our Home Teacher for many years; always diligent and compassionate in all our needs. He was the speaker at our baby son's graveside service. After we moved back to the Basin, it was a special treat to see him at a store or a Church meeting. We have lost a dear friend, but are richer because of our memories of him.
We send our love and condolences to his wonderful family. May God fill the empty space in your lives with loving and tender memories of this good man.
Our friendship with the Carters starts years before our time. My Grandpa Charlie and Elwood were involved in many adventures usually to do with prospecting. Elwood once told me that a person should write down all his or her want because when you become a millionaire you can't remember what you wanted. After Elwood's heart problems he was limited on what he would do but his spirit of adventure never ceased to amaze me. He had a photo graphic mind and was a great gospel instructor. I met Vern after my mission and we became good friends because of the Elwood and Charlie connection and also because of the things we liked to do. It was hard to keep up with Vern even at my young age. He was always fun to work with and his attitude was up beat and positive. He loved life for the most part and found new and exciting things to do. We enjoyed our time together and at this time we send our love and condolences to the family. He will be missed!
Karen, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your sweet Dad. I truly believe he was greeted with loving and open arms on the other side, by all who have been waiting for him. You were his angel here on earth, and he will always love you for all you did for him. You and Randy worked tirelessly, on his behalf, and he knows how much you love him. I know you have grieving to go through, and I hope you will also be at peace, knowing you did all you could for him.
I have lots of fond memories of Uncle Vern. Lots of those memories were out to Tabby and at the Newell reunion. More recently my memories were of him always coming to support my family. He came to all my kids blessings, baptisms, to our 4th of July partys. He went water skiing with us and even got out and skied and did great. I was so impressed he was skiing at probably 75, It was awesome. He left me drive his red Volvo down the lane in tabby and while he was helping me shift I ran it into a snow drift. He didn't even get made at me, just laughed. My dad (Bob) on the other hand didn't think it was funny at all. We love Vern and will miss him! Condolences to all good family. Sorry we didn't get to see you all. Thanks for zooming the funeral for us all to see.
I didn’t know a lot about Uncle Vern and I’m sad I didn’t. And I’m sad I don’t know his children and family very well. But as an adult, every time I ran into him he treated me like he was so happy and excited to see me. That was such a treat to me. And when I found myself single a few years ago and would see him at single’s activities being so friendly I just felt grateful to have such a friendly man that treated me so kindly. Thank you, Uncle Vern. I love you.
I wanted to say this at the memorial service but couldn’t figure out how to do so. 💕