Rev. Jerry Dale Carter

Rev. Jerry Dale Carter

April 24, 1947 - May 23, 2021
Lake Forest California

Rev. Jerry Dale Carter

April 24, 1947 - May 23, 2021
Lake Forest California


United Methodist minister, accountant, woodworker, husband, father and grandfather, Jerry Dale Carter, 74, of Lake Forest, CA, died of natural causes on May 23, 2021.

Carter, a Vietnam War veteran, had a long career as an accountant and later in life became an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church.

He was born on April 24, 1947 to William and Willie Mae (née Scott) Carter in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. In 1948 the family moved to Southern California.

After graduating from Long Beach Poly High School in 1965, where he was a member of the gymnastics team, Carter began studying accounting at California State University” Long Beach.

When he was 21, Carter was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps. He completed basic training at Quantico, Virginia and served an 11-month tour of duty in Vietnam, returning to California in 1970.

Carter completed his college degree in 1976 at California State University” Long Beach. He went on to earn his California CPA certification in 1980 and worked both in accounting firms and as a controller.

In 1974 he married Juda Jane Boatman. They had three children: Carrie Jeanette, Elizabeth Catherine, and William Harvey.

“Dad often mentioned that his family meant more to him than anything else in the world,” said daughter Carrie Rickmond.

After suffering a brain aneurysm in 1987, Carter decided to enter the ministry. He attended Claremont School of Theology, and was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1994.

“He had a positive impact on everyone he encountered, always ready to share a joke and his heartwarming smile,” said Reverend Karl Stuckenberg of Shepherd Hills United Methodist Church, where Carter served as Director of Evangelism.

During his more than 30-year career as a minister, Carter visited elderly shut-ins and was a Chaplain at the Lake Forest Nursing Center.

“He was a passionate woodworker and usually could be found in his workshop creating beautiful gifts, such as rocking horses, bookcases and jewelry boxes, for his friends and family,” said son William Carter.

Carter is survived by son William and wife Lauren, daughter Elizabeth Carter and partner Nick Yee, daughter Carrie Rickmond and husband Zack Rickmond, and four grandchildren, Ben, Asher, Ayla, and Hazel Rickmond.

A memorial service is scheduled on June 12, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church in Mission Viejo, California.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established at Shepherd of the Hills. Donations can be made at this link:

Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: June 12, 2021 (10:30 AM)
  • Venue: Shepherd Of The Hills United Methodist Church
  • Location: 26001 Muirlands Blvd. Mission Viejo, CA 92691 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 837-2941

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6 responses to Rev. Jerry Dale Carter

  1. Chris Woods says:

    Jerry always made sure that when I came to his house, that I was made to feel welcome.
    He listened to whatever nonsense I had to spout at a young age, and never left me feeling like he thought I was wrongheaded, even when (in hindsight) I obviously was.

    You’ll be missed.

  2. Sherri says:

    Jerry was a kind and soft spoken man, always concerned for others. He definitely had a lot of talents. We were lucky enough to be given one of his custom rocking horses that will be used for all the grandchildren in the years to come! He was a “giver” for sure and enjoyed making people smile. He will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with Juda and the whole family.

    Much Love,
    The Fick Family

  3. Lisa Snavely says:

    I’m remembering Jerry scattering arrowheads for our 5 year old sons, Will and Chris while camping together in Yellowstone National Park. Then sending them on fabulous adventures of scavenger hunts for the beautiful obsidian prizes.

    Jerry was an amazing Man of God and shared his joy in Jesus at every moment we shared.

    Another time we met him camping, he offered us communion in the mountain forest under the stars. It was after a terrible experience earlier in the week. The healing in that star strewn moment of holy communion has offered me healing throughout a life time.

    I can envision Jerry laying his jewel encrusted crown at the feat of Jesus. I’m so looking forward to seeing him in heaven.

    Jerry Carter is one of the absolute best human beings to ever walk this earth!!

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