Carter Holmes passed away peacefully at his home in Basalt on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, after a five-year battle with cancer. Carter was surrounded with the love of his family and friends until the very last moment of his life.
He was born Sept. 20, 1949, in Los Angeles, to Anita and Ed Holmes. While attending the University of California at Irvine, Carter started Graphic Rustication Co., a sign-making business. Carter met Danny and Mark Patterson via the sign shop in 1976. He joined the Patterson brothers as a business partner in Cookie Muncher’s Paradise in 1977. Cookie Muncher’s went on to become Paradise Bakery and Cafe, which has locations all over the United States.
After attending college, Carter married his first wife and high school sweetheart, Pam. With Pam, Carter had the first of his five daughters, Cora. In 1981, Carter married the second love of his life, Erin. Erin and Carter moved around California several times as the Paradise business grew. Together they had four girls ” Jessica, Makenzie, Bailey and Shelby. The family moved from Encinitas, Calif., to Basalt in 1996 to begin their small town life. In 2006, Carter met Bonnie on one of his many shopping trips to the market. Carter and Bonnie shared a relationship full of love and laughter, and they lived together until his passing.
Carter embraced small-town life while continuing to be a successful businessman. He coached several of his girls’ sports teams and was a fixture cheering at their many events. Carter had diverse interests, including snow and water skiing, snowboarding, hiking, grilling on the barbecue, entertaining with his famous “Carter-itas” and music. His labor of love was the house he designed and built in Basalt for his family. Carter’s artistic ability was evident in everything he did and it can be seen locally in the sponsor of the game sign hanging in the Basalt High School gym. He spent countless hours working in and on his house. It was never a surprise to find him working in the yard or lying by his pool during the warm months.
Carter was very well-known up and down the valley. He was always greeting warmly wherever he went. Carter’s warm smile, caring eyes and genuinely nice personality drew people to him. Carter was a consummate charmer to the end, never missing an opportunity to give a compliment or a warm smile.
Carter is survived by his mother, Anita; brothers Kevin and Chris; nephews Cody and Connor; his first wife, Pam, and their daughter, Cora; son-in-law Duffy; second wife, Erin, and their daughters Jessica, Makenzie, Bailey and Shelby; son-in-law Thad; father-in-law and mother-in-law Dick and Karen; mother-in-law, Connie; sister-in-law Robyn, nephew Taylor; and girlfriend Bonnie Walker.
A memorial celebration will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Carter’s house. Anyone whose life was touched by Carter is welcome to come. Please carpool to the house as parking is limited. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Carter’s name to the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, P.O. Box 1529, Vail, CO 81658.
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