John Bolen Carter

San Francisco Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

John Bolen Carter of Santa Cruz, CA passed away peace­fully in the lov­ing arms of wife Shel­ley, his fa­vorite songs — The Wild Colo­nial Boy, Joe Hill, Me and Bobby McGee — sung by daugh­ter Katie, still play­ing in his ears. He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, Bolen and Anne Carter, and sis­ter, An­nie Carter, and is sur­vived by Shel­ley, Katie (Lewis), son Dy­lan (Diana), and grand­daugh­ter Alice. Like Chuck Berry, John was a proud prod­uct of East St. Louis, MO and later found his home in Cal­i­for­nia, first in the Haight Ash­bury, and then at El Rio in Santa Cruz. He be­gan his work­ing life as a VISTA vol­un­teer in St. Louis, later be­com­ing a proud mem­ber of Lo­cal 510 in San Fran­cisco, where he found his strength as an or­ga­nizer and cre­ator of com­mu­nity. A man of (many) words, John was both a soul­ful writer and an al­most com­i­cally gifted talker—in­deed he could talk about any­thing—LBJ, the phases of the moon, Bob Gib­son’s fast ball… the po­etry of Yeats and Jef­fers. John spent his life ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­tense joy and plea­sure, from the Ozarks to the High Sierra to the Pa­cific Ocean, tak­ing—and spread­ing—de­light wher­ever he went. He was the kind of guy who al­ways had a book to lay on you, pic­nic treats, a bot­tle of wine, binoc­u­lars to share. And sto­ries. John al­ways had a story, and it was al­ways a good one. Be­cause of his ea­ger, shar­ing na­ture, John was most lucky to know an un­com­mon depth of friend­ship. His ex­tra­or­di­nary life force and spirit lives on in all of us who knew him. A cel­e­bra­tion of life is forth­com­ing. Con­tri­bu­tions can be made to The Catholic Worker.

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