Henry M. ‘Mick’ Carter
1945 ~ Sept. 7, 2019
Henry M “Mick” Carter, 74, went home to the Lord on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, due to cancer. He died peacefully in his home in Delta, Colorado, with his loving wife, Linda, by his side.
A lover of the Western Slope, Mick was born in Clinton, Iowa but he grew up in Gunnison and Delta, then settled in later years in Norwood, Hotchkiss, and Delta. Mick lived throughout these United States, “Tramp Mining” and loved every minute of it.
Mick started mining in 1963 in the uranium mines in the west end of Colorado, moving on to hard rock mining with major mining companies until he formed his own company, Carter Mine
Development in 1990. Well known in the “hard rock” mining industry he and Ray Klenda (dc. 2007) mined throughout the United States until Mick’s “retirement” in 2015. Not one for sitting around, he then began placer mining in Alaska, making his last trip to Alaska in April of this year.
Mick had a great sense of humor and loved telling “whompum stories” that were loosely based in truth; he was outspoken, gruff, obnoxious and had a heart of gold. Deeply caring and very sensitive; he worked really hard to not let it show. He loved his children, grandchildren, horses, fishing in Miramonte, mining, old movies and arguing about anything.
Mick leaves his loving wife of 40 years, Linda S. (Orton) Carter of Meeker, children Jodi L. Kinney and Jeff Kinney of Rifle, Colorado; Quinton and Carleen Carter of Francis, Oklahoma; Mitchell Carter of Rifle, Colorado; and Casey and Peggy Franklin of Asher, Oklahoma. Nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and siblings Diane Goodell, Clinton, Iowa; Patrick Carter, Texas; Judy Hagen, Delta, Colorado and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and in-laws.
The family wishes to make a special acknowledgement to HopeWest Hospice Care who were wonderfully supportive throughout this entire process and took fabulous care of Mick. Also, a special shout out to our Cousins Charlotte Ray whose love, care and support proved invaluable on numerous occasions; finally a special acknowledgement to Tony Contreras, and all the years of friendship and storytellin’.
A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, 2-5 p.m. at Cleland Park (Corner of Eighth and Howard) in Delta, Colorado. Bring a dish and your favorite “Mick” story to share.
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