4 October 1937 to 17 April 2022
Mike was born on the 4th of October 1937 in Bingham Canyon, Utah to Raymond Burke and Violet Timothy Carter. His journey here on Earth ended on April 17, 2022 at Yuma Hospital after a long battle with red blood cell aplasia. He grew up in Bingham Canyon and graduated in 1955 from Bingham High School where he wrote wrestling letters, danced on skates, and worked as a soft drinker in the corner store. He started working at Kennecott Copper right after high school. On a blind date he met the love of his life, Janet Ruth Heard. They married on November 14, 1957 at Salt Lake Temple, and he has been enjoying her gourmet cooking ever since. Then he served honorably in the army. Mike and Janet had six children: Scott (Brenda) Carter, Cynthia (Jerry) Sprosti, Sherry (Greg) Smith, Todd Carter, Don (Jane) Carter, and Alicia (Jason) Chapman; Twenty-eight grandchildren. and 50 great-grandchildren. He has one brother Donald (Linda) Carter. Mike worked at Kennicott after his military service and graduated from the University of Utah in 1976. He then started his career as a maintenance mechanic supervisor in the mining industry and moved to Gillette Wyoming, Casper Wyoming, Newburg Indiana, Indianapolis Indiana, Colstrip Mont, Evansville Indiana, New Orleans Louisiana, Olympia Washington and Elko Nevada. He was supervising 11 mines during his time in Indiana.
Mike was a life member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had several callings to the church, but the most special one was an important service with Janet at the church camp. He had a powerful testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which he generously shared.
Mike was well known as the “belly eater” by his great-grandchildren and great-grandfathers. There was always a lot of laughing, screaming, hiding and having fun when “The Belly Eater” came to visit. His champagne personality was evident when he sang and whistled. He loved to travel the world but his favorite place was in Arizona during the winter. Michael loved driving. I also love to read. Many times he was caught reading while driving his car. Watching TV shows was a favorite way to relax. He even knew he’d come to church with the remote in his shirt pocket for all to see. Mike’s pride and joy was his new almost self-driving Lexus and his new puppy Cinder. He loved fixing things and could usually get the job done with some silicone or duct tape. We will miss him so much!
Funeral services will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 11:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2925 East Bengal Blvd, Cottonwood Heights, Utah. A show will be held the morning before at 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. before services at the church. Interment Mountain View Memorial Estates, 3115 East 7800 S, Cottonwood, Utah, followed by a lunch for family and friends at the church.
Services under the supervision of the cadaver cannon
Published by Deseret News from April 21 to April 22, 2022.