Lawrence Bruce "Larry" Carter

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Lawrence "Larry" Bruce Carter 1950 - 2018 GRAY - Lawrence "Larry" Bruce Carter, 67, of Gray, passed away suddenly at his home on Monday, Dec. 3. He is survived by daughter, Amanda May Carter, her partner, Will Cassidy; his beloved granddaughter, Olive May; his mother, Phyllis Carter of Portland; brothers, Gerald Carter of Gray, Michael Carter of Portland, Paul Carter of Waterboro, and sisters, Carol Jo Morse of Westbrook and Mary "Betsy" Haskins of Middletown, Va. Larry was predeceased by his son, Larry Lee Carter; and his father, Joseph Carter.Larry attended Deering High School and served in the US Marine Corps where he excelled at electronics and sharp shooting. While stationed at 29 Palms Marine Corps base in California, he took up racing dirt bikes. This would later spark an interest in drag car racing. He and his beefed up green Ford Falcon "bullfrog" could be seen frequently speeding down Oxford Plains Dragway on Fridays and weekends.Following his USMC service Larry worked as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic for several years. In the early 90s he took his hobby of target shooting to a competitive level, participating in many local, as well as national shooting competitions. He was to become an elite competitive pistol shooter with a long and distinguished record, including individual and team National Pistol Championships. He held numerous national records. Larry was widely known as a strong advocate for the competitive shooting sports, in particular for supporting women and junior shooters. He dreamed of having an all-civilian pistol team compete at Camp Perry and formed Team Ultradot in 1998. A year later, his civilian team won the National Championship for the first time in decades and started a resurgence of civilian team shooting at the Nationals. They have continued their success to the present time. His contributions to the shooting sports community will be his legacy.Larry's love of shooting led to an entrepreneurial venture as a gunsmith. His skills and knowledge as a pistolsmith became well respected and his customer base grew to include national and international clients. A celebration of Larry's life is planned for the spring. Notice of the event will be announced at a later date.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park PO Box 1231 Gray, Maine 04039

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 9, 2018
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