Friday, September 22, 2023

Carter Garrick Herne

Jason, Jack, Sharon and I went to Carter's Celebration of Life last Saturday.

Carter Garrick Herne, a talented young carpenter and 7-year resident of Bozeman Montana, was in a motorcycle accident while riding Bridger Canyon Road on August 25, 2023 and did not survive. Carter was 25 and had renewed his organ donor registration just a week earlier. His family honored his wishes and he left the earth a hero, giving the gift of life to others by donating his organs on August 28, 2023.

Carter is survived by his parents, Chris and Sonja Herne, his siblings Darby, Jaden and Jack, as well as his grandparents George and Julie Herne and Grant and Janet Wartenburg. He is predeceased by his grandparents Elaine Dadderio and John Dadderio. He is survived by a large extended family of loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Carter was born in Wichita, KS on October 2, 1997 where he lived until age 2 before moving to Broomfield, Colorado and then to Fair Oaks, California at age 7. He attended St. Mel Catholic School and then went on to Jesuit High School, graduating in 2016. Carter then attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman Montana for a few years before discovering his love of carpentry and woodworking when he started working for Peak 15, building high-end custom homes.

Carter was a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and dear friend to many. In his youth, Carter was an excellent student and multisport athlete that ended up loving rugby best, playing for Jesuit High School in two national championships with first and second place finishes as well as playing for the Montana State Club team. In his senior year of high school, he also became a thespian appearing in a few productions with close friends before graduating. He was a boy scout from age 5-18 trekking Philmont Ranch twice before earning scouting's highest rank of Eagle Scout. His scouting experiences are undoubtedly what gave him a love of the outdoors where he enjoyed camping, hiking, backpacking, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and hunting. He took pride in harvesting his own meat through hunting and truly loved Montana as his playground. Carter had recently taken up CrossFit to keep in shape for his outdoor adventures which also included skiing and snowboarding with friends and family. In recent years, he had honed his carpentry skills with a passion for reclaimed wood. Carter was a skilled problem solver and never saw a building challenge he couldn't overcome. He truly loved his work and took great pride in the perfect lines and corners that created a beautiful finished product. Carter loved to travel and his last great adventure was a hunting safari trip to South Africa with friends in July where his joy was evident in pictures he sent to his family over the course of the trip.

Carter lived in the moment and focused on joy in the present rather than chasing happiness. He was a caring and kind person with a wonderful sense of humor and a generous heart always willing to drop everything to help anyone in need. He connected easily with people and developed deep, strong bonds with those he loved. In addition to his parents and siblings, he had become close to numerous "families" that became his "family" over the years, all who will miss him greatly.

A Celebration of Life will be held at St Mel Catholic Church in Fair Oaks, California on September 16, 2023 at 10am with a luncheon to follow. There will also be a memorial birthday celebration for Carter on October 1, 2023 in Bozeman, Montana at 6pm at Storm Castle Caf? where his appetite was legendary and his seat remains reserved. For details regarding the Montana event, please contact Abby Robertson at Peak 15 (406) 270-8056.

In honor of Carter's love for Scouting and the outdoors a special Scouting Memorial fund has been created in his name. The Carter Herne Scouting fund will help youth across Northern California experience Scouting and attend high adventure BSA camps such as Philmont Scout Ranch. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution. To do so, follow this link or send a check payable to Golden Empire Council, BSA 251 Commerce Circle Sacramento CA 95815.

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