Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
William Gary ‘Bill’ Carter Memorial
William Gary ‘Bill’ Carter Memorial

William Gary ‘Bill’ Carter

William Gary ‘Bill’ Carter

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

On May 7, 1938, the Carter family welcomed into their fold, William Gary ‘Bill’ Carter.  He was the fourth born child, but the first to survive, born to Edmund Wilfred Carter and Julia Sophie (Hovan) Carter in Hillcrest, Alberta, Canada.

Bill attended school in Hillcrest and in 1952, his family moved to Marysville, British Columbia.  Bill graduated from P. J. McKim High School in 1956 and went to work for the Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company in the Sullivan Mine followed by Power Line Maintenance for a period of six years.

On April 4, 1959, Bill was united in marriage to Donna Marie (Conroy) Carter.  They made their home in Marysville, B.C. until 1965 when they and their two children, Sharie and David, immigrated to the United States.

Bill joined the IBEW and served his apprenticeship as a power lineman.  He was a member of the IBEW Local 77 from 1966.  His employment took him to California, Alaska, Nevada, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon working power line construction.

In 1984, Bill became the Business Representative for the IBEW Local 77 in Seattle in charge of the construction unit for the State of Washington.  During his tenure there, he was instrumental in establishing the apprenticeship program approved by the State of Washington for Tree Trimmers.  Bill was a long time Unionist and supporter of Organized Labor and the Collective Bargaining Process, but officially retired from IBEW in 1997.

For several years, Bill spent many pleasant hours cultivating dahlias and displaying them in local Dahlia Shows.  He was instrumental in establishing the Skagit Valley Dahlia Society.

Bill and Donna enjoyed many years of travel during retirement including trips to Hawaii, Ireland, Scotland, England, Alaska, Costa Rica Continental United States and Canada.  They became snowbirds in 2000 and spent winters in Southern Arizona for fourteen years.

Bill was a friend of Bill W. for 44 years during which time had the great pleasure of meeting many wonderful people.

Bill is survived by Donna, wife of 59 years on April 4, 2018; daughter, Sharie and husband, Paul Provinsal; son, David R. Carter and wife, Anne; grandson, Jordan J. W. Provinsal MMN (SW/AW); granddaughter, Kaitlyn L. A. Provinsal Senior Airman; grandson, Garrison M. Carter, Lieutenant USAF; granddaughter, Megan D. Carter, in Graduate School, Lubbock Christian University; great granddaughters, Audri L. Provinsal and Peighton J. L. Provinsal.  Bill’s children and grandchildren were a large part of his life, providing much joy and pride of each and every one of them and wonderful adults they had become.  They always enjoyed his stories of the “Good Old Days” with many questions of his childhood.  He is also survived by brothers, Robert A. Carter and wife, Irene, Jerry E. Carter and wife, Bonnie, Edmund J. Carter and wife, Eilleen; many nieces and nephews.

Bill passed away on April 6, 2018 at Skagit Valley Hospital with family at his side.  Bill was a longtime member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sedro-Woolley.  A memorial Service will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 1:00 P. M., Pastor Eric Wangen-Hoch officiating.  Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or to Hope Heart Institute, P. O. Box 3906, Bellevue, WA  98009


  • Jeri L Hubbard

    One of the nicest guys I had the pleasure of knowing in my early years. I met Bill in 1975 and can say he always made you feel better no matter what was going on in your life. RIP Bill you are indeed one of the “good guys”