Kenneth Wayne Carter

Durango resident Kenneth Wayne Carter died Friday, March 15, 2013, at his home. He had turned 63 a week and a half earlier. The cause of death is undetermined at this time.

Known as “Ken,” he was born to Tom and Vera (Crownover) Carter on March 4, 1950, in Hawthorne, Calif.

After he graduated from high school, he joined the Navy, spending some time in Vietnam before returning to Canyon Country, Calif., where he started a family and lived for the next 20 years.

In the Navy, Mr. Carter became an electrician and learned to build and fix everything and anything, his family said. That became his lifelong occupation. For many years, he worked for National Sanitary Supply in Los Angeles.

Eight years ago, good friends enticed Mr. Carter to move to Durango, where he started a successful small business of electric and home repairs.

“In his spare time, he was a gourmet cook and delighted these good friends with superb dining experiences,” his friends said. “He was known for his peach cobbler, cooked over a campfire and served up with wonderful stories. He was the life of every party. He had a deep abiding love for the wild backcountry, a clear riverbed, good friends and sitting tall on the back of his horse rounding up cattle. Ken was a real cowboy.”

Mr. Carter is survived by his son, Donald Carter of Lakewood, Wash.; daughter, Janie Lu Kaminski of Los Osos, Calif.; brother, David Carter of Sequim, Wash.; and four grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be sent to Special Olympics, 209 Kingfisher Court, Durango, CO 81301.