Western Slope Obituaries 9-21-09
Edward F. Carpenter, 87, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed September 1, 2009.
He was born in Hayden, Colo., on January 27, 1922 to Farrington and Eunice Carpenter. He grew up on the family ranch and attended local schools until high school and graduated from The Asheville School in Asheville, N.C. He continued his education at Stanford University where he earned a degree in Engineering (B.S., ’47). During WWII he served our country as a motor pool officer in the Aleutian Islands (1943-46). Upon college graduation, he opened a civil engineering practice in Northern California focusing on water related projects. After meeting Martha Cross in church in 1959, they married and raised their four children in addition to Ed’s two sons from a prior marriage. The family moved to Grand Junction, Colo., in 1974 where he continued his engineering work.
Over the years, Ed showed a devotion to public service. Some of the organizations he lent his talents to were Rotary Club, Panorama Improvement District, Redlands Water and Power Company, American Society of Civil Engineers, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Hay and Forage Association, Club 20, First Presbyterian Church, as well as twice being elected to the Colorado House of Representatives. His lifelong love of music and western history led him to singing at numerous family celebrations, directing church choir and performing at cowboy poetry gatherings.
He is survived by his loving wife, Martha Carpenter; a brother, Willis V. Carpenter of Denver, Colo., and sister, Rosamond Garcia of Hayden, Colo.; sons, John Carpenter of Bellingham, Wash., and Dan Carpenter of Salt Lake City, Utah; daughters, Amy Sanford of Forest Grove, Ore.; Jean Butcher of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Jan Bradford of Golden, Colo.; 12 grandchildren and three great grand children.
He was preceded in death by his son, Evan Carpenter of Spotsylvania, Va.
Services were held at The First Presbyterian Church in Grand Junction, Colo., on September 8, 2009.
Contributions can be made in Ed’s name to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado (hospicewco.com).
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