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In Memory of

John L. Carter

November 17, 1932 - September 6, 2017

Obituary


Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John "Jerry" L. Carter, 84, of Cocoa Beach, Florida died peacefully in his sleep on September 6, 2017.

John was born November 17, 1932, in Santaquin, Utah to the late Donald and Donna (Fowkes) Carter. John and his younger sister, Kathryn were raised by their maternal grandparents after tragically losing their parents at a young age. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1955, before joining the U.S. Air Force. While stationed at Eglin AFB in Florida, he met his first wife and began his family. After special training, John was...

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John "Jerry" L. Carter, 84, of Cocoa Beach, Florida died peacefully in his sleep on September 6, 2017.

John was born November 17, 1932, in Santaquin, Utah to the late Donald and Donna (Fowkes) Carter. John and his younger sister, Kathryn were raised by their maternal grandparents after tragically losing their parents at a young age. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1955, before joining the U.S. Air Force. While stationed at Eglin AFB in Florida, he met his first wife and began his family. After special training, John was assigned to participate in Operational Test and Evaluation of Short Range Attack Missile program, where he served as Chief, Navigation Division for B-52 operations. This was followed by assignment to the prestigious Strategic Air Command where he served as an Air Operations Navigation Officer in the Aircraft Tactics Branch.
After many transfers and a tour to Iceland, John retired from active duty in 1982. John received many commendations in his 26-year career with the Air Force. Most notably John was the first member of the U.S. Air Force to launch a short range attack missile (SRAM) from a B-52 during testing operations at White Sands, New Mexico. He worked for a short time as a geologist on well drilling projects, retail store manager, and a condominium maintenance manager before fully retiring and enjoying time with his second wife in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

John is survived by his daughters, Sandra, Carol and Rhonda; his sons, Richard and Roger; his stepson Danny; his ten grandchildren; his three step-grandchildren; his three great grandchildren; his beloved sister, Kathryn; his nine nieces and nephews; his first wife (and mother of his children), Alfrieda; and many cousins, extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; second wife Maxine; his step-son Johnny and his brother-in-law, Lynn.

The Visitation and Funeral Service will be held beginning at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the Life Event Center at Florida Memorail, 5950 South U.S. Highway 1, Rockledge FL. A Graveside Service with military honors and burial will follow.

Online guestbook available at www.dignitymemorial.com

The family wishes to thank Hibiscus Court Assisted Living and Vitas Healthcare Corporation for their loving care and support.