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Steven Joe Carter

"Big Daddy"


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Steven Joe CarterSteve was born December 24th, 1960 in Inglewood Calif. to Patricia and Dow Carter. He died at home in December prior to his 53rd birthday.

Steve moved to Lake Grove, Ore. after graduation from Pacific Heights High School and then eventually became a hairdresser in various salons including Evolution and Greg’s Place.

On his best days he was up before sunrise for a gratitude run and chores before burning down the highway on his Harley to meet the day. Some days he raised a little hell along the way. Though Steve never married--in 1997 he was blessed with a daughter he had wished for and then saw in a dream. A few months later, Christmas Eve morning, he was baptized with her in the St. John’s Lutheran Church and suddenly his life changed to co-parent camp-outs and visits to grandma in Bend.

He never abandoned his spiritual journey and in addition to meetings at the Firehouse and the ‘’Friday Night Look Good’’ he also took an interest in Buddhism, yoga, attended sweat lodges, drum circles and tango classes. Steve made lifelong friends along the way. His mom was always near and dear to his heart and he was a loving father. He never missed a school program and would watch with tears in his eyes as his angel—our saving grace he liked to say—danced across the stage. He was a proud daddy and shared his love of animals and photography with his daughter, whom he referred to as his ‘’buttercup’’, his ‘’sweet butter biscuits’’, his ‘’boogaloo.’’

Steve had the sweet soul of a country song but he could be stubborn, a bit of a heeldigger, cowboy boots in the gravel-- then turn on a dime, listen with an open heart and give the best hug ever. In the last year of his life he moved to an earth friendly home on a beautiful property, big enough to be an artist’s retreat or for family and friends to visit and stay awhile. It was at the end of an old road overlooking the Big Columbia River and the city of Lake Chelan. He loved being closer to nature, loved being able to see the stars and ponder the night sky.

Steve was preceded in death by his father Dow Carter of Silverpoint Tenn. He was also preceded in death by his‘’good boy’’ Slick Fifty. He is survived by his mother Patricia Carter of Lake Grove, and his daughter Gena Carter of Portland.

Remembrances may be made to The Knight Cancer Challenge, The Dougy Center, the Humane Society Horse Rescue, an animal sanctuary or any charity that moves you.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Steven Joe Carter Obituary