OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park resident David M. Carter, 19, died Aug. 20, 2002 when he was struck by an automobile on Highway 103 north of Long Beach.
He was born in Seattle on Aug. 24, 1982 and came to the Long Beach Peninsula with his family when he was an infant.
He attended local schools and graduated from the Alternative High School in Long Beach in 2001. He had worked as a cook at various restaurants in the area including Milton York, Debi's Restaurant, The Lightship and The Shoalwater. He was also employed at Marsh's Museum as wall attendant on the climbing wall. For several years he worked with Simon's Net in Ilwaco.
He was interested in welding and was the top welder in his class at Ilwaco High School and had received a certificate from his welding program at Clatsop College. Another interest was cars; and he enjoyed writing poetry, watching movies and spending time with his friends. He had made plans for the future which included an interest in becoming a chef.
Local survivors include his mother Maria Garibay Carter, brother Nicholas James Carter, aunt Melissa King and cousin Lissamarie King all of Ocean Park; aunt Diana Acosta and family of Forest Grove, Ore,; special friend Miranda Pankonin of Camas and numerous cousins.
Private cremation has been held. Memorial service is scheduled at Penttila's Chapel by the Sea in Long Beach on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow the service in the chapel.
Memorial donations may be made to the David M. Carter Memorial Fund at Bank of the Pacific in Long Beach or c/o Penttila's Chapel, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.