Surrounded by family, Luckey Jordan Carter I of Waldport, Ore., died on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, after a valiant fight with pancreatic cancer. The youngest of six children, he was born in Bakersfield to Vernon and Annie (Calhoun) Carter on March 11, 1946.
The family moved to Meridian, and Luckey became an Explorer with Boy Scouts, participated in 4-H, and, in high school, enjoyed football, tumbling, baseball, band, and became a drummer with The Imperials until he graduated from Sutter High School in 1964.
He met the love of his life, Caralyn, when they were both 10, and her family moved to the area at 16. They were married on May 24, 1964, and blessed with three children.
He became a member of the Colusa Reserve Police Department from 1967-1971. He also worked as a parts manager at Buck & Willoh.
He went to work for PG&E in January of 1973. He served as lineman, troubleman, shop steward and crew foreman.
He retired from PG&E in 2006 after 33 years in Colusa and Willows.
He spent his free time helping others. He was a coach, umpire and manager for Colusa Little League.
He was also a permanent member of the IOOF 212 – Meridian and served as Deputy Grandmaster; a member of Rebekah Lodge from 1967-1994; a member of the Colusa Masonic Lodge 240; and an International Order of Rainbow Girls “dad”.
He also was a volunteer with the City of Colusa Fire Department from 1978-1999, where he was honored as firefighter of the year, most inspirational and served as division chief.
He moved from Colusa to Stonyford, and later retired to Waldport, Ore. He enjoyed car shows with his ’58 Ford, and enjoyed traveling, having visited all 50 states, and he loved meeting people.
Best known for his black cowboy hat full of hatpins that were collected and given to him over the years, he always made time to lend a helping hand. He was a collector of things and people, as everyone gravitated to his easy-going manner and friendliness. Acquaintances became friends, and friends became family.
He is survived by his sons Luckey II (Teri) Carter, and Kevin (Jennifer) Carter; daughter Caryn (Brett) Hightower; three sisters-in-laws; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 14 nieces and nephews; numerous grand-nieces and -nephews; great-grand-nieces and -nephews; and many lifelong friends, especially Henry “Spike” (Sharon) Gies and family.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; sister Loene (Albert) Massey; brothers Doie (Joie) Carter, Vernon Jay Carter, Louis “Dub” Carter, and Rex Carter; two infant siblings; and two nieces.
Memorial services are scheduled at the Colusa Fire Department for 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, with a celebration to follow at the Meridian Veterans Hall at Fourth and Bridge in Meridian.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Luckey’s name to the Colusa Fire Department, 750 Market Street, Colusa, CA 95932; your local fire station; or West Sutter Veterans Association, P.O. Box 32, Meridian, CA 95957.