Winston L. Carter
Born in Bridgeport, Texas, Win Carter moved to La Jolla with his parents in 1943 when he was nine years old. After graduating high school, he served in the National Guard and U.S. Army from 1950-1955. He was stationed in Okinawa for a portion of that time. He worked as a diesel mechanic in the shipyards at San Diego from 1955-1967, and then served in the Delta area of Vietnam as a civilian.
In 1971 Winston and his wife, Bettie, moved to Big Pine where they rebuilt and operated Glacier Lodge until 1979. After working two years at the Union Carbide Pine Creek facility in 1982, the Carters bought and operated “Jackrabbit Junction” in Big Pine for 17 years, retiring in 1999.
Win was instrumental in the formation and organization of the Big Pine Chamber of Commerce and served as Chamber Manager for two years. He also served on the Gaming Board for Sierra Springs Casino. He joined the Bishop BPOE in 1998.
In 2002, Winston and his wife moved to Indio. He passed away Nov. 12 at home after a brief illness.
Win is survived by his wife, Bettie; daughter, Jennifer Carter of Pittsburg, Calif.; daughter, Candice Whitlock of Lake Isabella; David Brown of Big Pine; Scott Houghton of Fairbanks, Ark; and Brad Houghton of Quartz Hill. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and sister, Pat Lantz of Sparks, Nev.