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Steven Shipman McCarter

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 6th, 2013

December 21, 1922 – February 3, 2013

Steven “Steve” Shipman McCarter, 90, passed away peacefully at his home in Salinas, CA on Sunday February 3, 2013. His final days were spent with loving wife, children and grandchildren by his side.

Steve was born in Boise, Idaho to the late Claude and Julia McCarter and grew up on the family ranch in Camas Prairie, Idaho. He graduated from Boise High School and attended Boise State University until duty called in 1943. He enlisted and served in the 7th Army artillery unit during World War II, where he earned two battle stars and several commendations for his service in England, France and Germany. Steve returned to France in 2006 where he received an honorary medal from the town of Sagy en Vixen for his role in the liberation of France.

While serving in Paris, Steve was introduced to Renee “Monique” Linck, a Parisian woman who became the love of his life. After the war ended, Steve promptly returned to Paris to find that his future wife had been injured in a car accident. He nursed her back to health and they were married in Paris in 1946. Monique arrived in the United States after the war ended, and met her eager husband at the train station in Boise, Idaho. Their lifelong adventure began in Idaho at a fire lookout station for the forestry service.

Shortly thereafter, Steve moved his family to Salt Lake City where he attended the University of Utah, earning a degree in pharmacy. Upon graduating, the family moved to Palo Alto and Steve began his career as a pharmacist in San Francisco. After feeling the calling in 1957, Steve moved the family one final time to Salinas where he and his wife would open their first pharmacy in the Sherwood Gardens shopping center. With business thriving at Sherwood, the pair expanded across the central coast, opening an additional six pharmacies: Star, Fairway, Hanks, East Lake, Medical and Prescription Pharmacy. The pharmacies quickly became fixtures in the local community and served residents up until the last store’s closing in 2012. But Steve’s contributions to the medical community extended far beyond the pharmacies. He served as President of the American Cancer Society in Monterey County and was on the Board of Trustees for the California Pharmacy Association where he was influential in passing legislation that made generic drugs available to Californians. For his outstanding community service in pharmacy, Steve received the prestigious Bowl of Hygeia award in 1972.

Steve was an adventurous spirit and had several passions outside of the medical field. Steve earned his private pilots license in 1965 and enjoyed flying every chance he could. He loved his Piper Cherokee airplane, 877SM, and flew it from Florida to California and from the tip of Baja California to Alaska. His love for flying never faded and 877SM carried him until his last solo flight at the age of 80.

If Steve wasn’t in the air, he was in pursuit of trout somewhere in the streams of the Western United States. His passion for fly-fishing began in his youth and continued throughout his entire life. With Monique by his side, Steve traveled the world in search of the perfect stream, of which they found many. Steve spread his passion to all that surrounded him, teaching his children and grandchildren to love nature and welcome all the adventure that comes with it.

He is survived by his wife, Monique McCarter; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Kay McCarter; son and daughter-in-law, Duncan and Elizabeth McCarter; daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Philip Lukas; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Theresa McCarter; grandchildren, Brandon and Rachel McCarter, Kindra and James Reid, Alex Lukas, Jake McCarter, Renee Lukas, and Elise McCarter; great-grandchildren, Gavin McCarter, Colby McCarter, Carter Reid, and Taylor Reid.

The McCarter family will be holding a private ceremony to honor Steve’s life. Any donations in Steve’s name can be made out to the American Cancer Society or the American Red Cross.

Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com.

For the complete article see the 02-07-2013 issue.

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