Keith Irwin Carter passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka, where he was joking and entertaining the staff until the very end. Keith filled the lives of his family and friends with love and laughter.

Keith was born in Scotia on January 31, 1949 and spent his childhood in Hydesville. He attended Chico State University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry from Oregon State University. He started as a forester before going into Real estate Appraisal.

Keith was a unique and highly memorable individual. He had extensive knowledge in many areas and often popped up with unexpected tidbits hardly anybody would know. Keith was a collector and a connoisseur of antique cars and furniture, Victorian architecture, fine teas, and the spiciest food imaginable. His extensive collection of tea pots and depression glass survived many earthquakes over the years.

Keith is survived by his wife, Ginger Thissell-Carter; his brother, Bruce Carter; and his sister, Betty Heaton. Keith did not have children, but many people filled that role in his life. To name a few, his nieces and nephews, David Heaton, Rebecca Contreras, Amanda Carter, Cammy Carter and Doug Carter; and his step-children Wendy Fisher, Ann Riley, Ken Thissell and Jerry Thissell.

Keith was a good man with a big heart and an unforgettable personality. He was generous and non-judgmental, and was always there to offer help and support to people in need. He loved his family and friends dearly, and we will all miss him.

A memorial service for Keith will be held on Wednesday, April 11 at 2 p.m. at the Fortuna United Methodist Church. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send a donation to the Fortuna United Methodist Church.


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