Gilbert “Buz” Carter, 79, of Marysville, Washington, passed away, Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Providence Medical Center, Everett.
Buz was born July 28, 1936, in Anacortes, Wash., to Lionel and Ora (King) Carter. He graduated from Marysville High School in 1953. In addition to his service in the Navy, Buz was employed as a crew member on a tug boat in Alaska for many years and retired as a groundskeeper for Everett Parks and
Recreation. He enjoyed growing dahlias and won many best-in-show awards, including several national shows and the 2009 American Dahlia Society National Show. He was fond of the Northwest tradition of clam digging. He also enjoyed spending time with his daughter and grandchildren, rarely missing a sports
or school event.
Buz was a friend of Bill W’s and an inspiration to many people in recovery. He was actively involved in support groups throughout the region. In addition to setting up, chairing and sharing at meetings he volunteered at the central office in Everett and as an archivist.
Buz lived Unity, Service and Recovery for over 35 years.
Buz is survived by his daughter, Rachelle Marie Bennett, and her husband Greg of Langley, Wash.; three grandchildren, Austin, Nick and Anna Bennett. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lionel and Ora.
A celebration of life service was held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 31, at Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home, 804 State Ave., Marysville, Wash., 98270.