Carter S. Wood Dad said he wanted to sit before Jesus and see His Face – now, we believe, he will. Carter S.Wood (age 92), a 7 year resident of Apple Valley ("does the wind ever stop blowing?") and formerly of Manhattan Beach, CA traded his earthly home for his heavenly home on Friday, May 28, 2010 in Apple Valley. He was born in Hunnewell, Missouri, one of nine children. He grew up on a farm, living in town during his high school years and stoking the morning fires for the other families in order to pay his way through school. As a young adult he moved west (California) finding work in an aircraft factory, where he met and married his wife of 56 years, Geraldine Cutright. He later worked for Los Angeles Dept of Water & Power, retiring after 32 years of service. He was a foster dad to at least 45 children, gracing their lives with his sweetness . He loved woodworking and was the family 'johnny appleseed'. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gerry, and all his siblings. He is survived by his daughters, Mara (John) Alvarez of Barstow; Nannette Chambers of Apple Valley; and Yvonne (Bob) Bowser of Victorville; Grandchildren, Joseph (Pum) Daigneault; Brian (Ali) Alvarez; Jessica (Alex) Smith; Jimi Chambers; and Rachel Chambers. Great-Grandchildren, Priscilla Daigneault; Jake & Nina Alvarez; and Gabriel, Joseph & Emma Smith. Also, one sister-in law, Leota Wood of Corvallis, OR. Dad said "I will always take care of Vonnie (Yvonne), now in the end stages of Huntington's Disease and he did so, lovingly. Thank you Dad!! Thank you to all the staff of Merrill Gardens for their loving care in Dad's final month. And to Odyssey Hospice (especially Rose B. & Pam B.) for his care. A gathering of family & friends will be held at White & Day Mortuary in Manhattan Beach on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 from 9am-noon. The Graveside Service will be held at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach at 12:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Huntington's Disease Society of America .

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  1. We the members of Sunset Lodge are so sorry to hear of the passing of our beloved Brother Carter and wish to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to is family. The lodge recognized that Carter was a special person and that is lifetime efforts of being a Good person was the true symbol of our Masonic teachings of Brotherly love, relief and truth. The lodge was very grateful to him for his generous donation to it and will be sending a donation to the Masonic Homes of California in his honor and memory. Sincerely and Fraternally John Barry, Secretary Sunset Lodge# 369 on behalf of Worshipful David Neal, Master

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