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Mark E. Carter

July 19, 1957 ~ January 8, 2018 (age 60)

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Memorial Service
January 13, 2018

10:00 AM
First United Methodist Church
207 N. Halagueno
Carlsbad, NM 88220

***Service location has changed to First United Methodist Church.

Mark E. Carter died peacefully at his home on January 8, 2018.  He was born in Carlsbad, NM on July 19, 1957, to Thomas A. Carter and Audrey Delapp Carter.  Mark is survived by his son, Duane T. Carter of Carlsbad, NM; daughter, Loren Mary Carter of Albuquerque, NM; granddaughter, Madison E. Carter of Carlsbad, NM; sister, Carol Carter-Gilkenson of Houston, TX and her family, Tharon Carter Rosen of Mayhill, NM and her family, as well as numerous close friends, students and colleagues who Mark adored and considered members of his family.

Mark received a Masters of Public Administration from New Mexico State University in May of 1996.  He earned his second Masters Degree in Education in May of 2000.  Mark, or “Mr. C.” as he was known by many of his students, was an educator with the Las Cruces Public Schools and the Carlsbad Municipal Schools for over 15 years.  Being an educator was an important aspect of Mark’s life.  He used to say, “If you teach someone to read, you’ve changed their entire life.”

Perhaps he will best be remembered for his musical abilities and love and loyalty to the Dallas Cowboys.  An avid guitar player and collector, Mark performed in numerous bands throughout his life as well as taught the art of guitar to many students.  He was a true entertainer and always the life of the party.

Mark was a vivacious man who made an impression on everyone that he met, even in the briefest of encounters.  He was a dutiful father to his children.  He loved Western movies, scuba diving, The Blues, and his dogs.  He was a kind soul, always treating others with utter respect and kindness.  In lieu of sending flowers, the family asks that you take the time to perform an act of kindness to someone in need, in honor of Mark’s memory.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 13, 2018 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Dave Rogers officiating.  Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  Condolences may be expressed at

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