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Obituary of Nathan Grant Carter
Nathan Grant Carter, comedian and amateur guitarist, passed away on January 25, 2023 after a long and private battle with depression. He was 42 years old. Witty and kind, Nate never looked the type to suffer from a lack of confidence. He brightened every room he stepped into with his authenticity and integrity. His sense of humor was quick and clever, his manner calm and contemplative. It was rare to leave his presence without a smile on your face and side sore from laughing. He was so easy to love. He spent his free time raising 6 incredible children, searching the skies for signs of heaven and exploring the mysteries of the ocean. Nate was an old soul, with eyes that saw right to the depths of you. Sometimes practical to a fault, he loved intensely and completely. He had a big, soft heart and protected it fiercely. He spoke with sincerity and honesty, demanded it himself as well as in others. For a man who, so often seemed be “black and white,” Nate sought the color life could bring. Nate loved the Lord and sought to share His love with others through his actions and example. He longed for the Savior’s return and was always preparing for that day.
Nate’s formative years were spent in Western Washington where, as the 2nd youngest of 6 kids, he honed his comedic timing and kept his family constantly entertained. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Alaska and fell in love with nature. He found his way to BYU-Hawaii and met his sweet wife Ashley. Nate fell hard. They married in 2004, graduated from college together, and moved to Liberty Lake, WA, where they started their family. He became a talented salesman for pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He obtained his MBA from Gonzaga University and went on to invest in commercial real estate. Nate studied astronomy and after earning his scuba certification, traveled to see the oceans up close. He played the guitar and filled his quiet moments with music. Nate loved a good soundtrack with all the feelings. He even sang from time to time, but rarely let others hear. Nate showed up, whether it was a wedding, a baptism or just to serve. He was there. He trusted his family and friends, rarely asking a question he didn’t know the answer to, but was always seeking confirmation and honoring the advice and opinions from those he valued.
Nate lent his advice and encouragement easily and was eager to share his knowledge and passion for the things he learned and the challenges he conquered. He served others quietly and constantly, bringing kindness in small and meaningful ways. Competitive to the core, Nate loved a good game and gave his all to win – or make sure you didn’t win. Family gatherings were never truly going until Nate joined in. Despite his material successes, Nate believed his greatest accomplishment was his children. He loved being a father and strived to teach his children to love and give without restraint just as he did.
He leaves behind his wife Ashley, his children Paige, Kate, Halle, Luke, Noah and Christian, his parents Beverly and Court Carter, his 5 siblings Gregory, Jennifer, Derek, Brandon, Shallane and their families, as well as a vast extended family and innumerable friends, all who love him dearly.
“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.” – John Steinbeck
A Memorial Service will be held for Nate on February 18, 2023 in Meridian, ID. Contact his family for specific details. If you would like share your support and love with his family, please help us honor his final wishes for his family to spread his ashes in the ocean near Hawaii. GoFundMe account details: https://gofund.me/6b01137fTo send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Nathan Carter, please visit Tribute Store