Matthew Rodrigo Carter
March 9, 1980 – November 18, 2020
Dexter, Michigan Matthew Rodrigo Carter, age 40, passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at home with his family by his side after surviving courageously for two years with cancer. Matt was born March 9, 1980 in Bogota, Colombia, S.A. In June 1980 he came home to Ann Arbor, Michigan with his parents, Jim and Alice Carter, and was adopted into the Carter family June 8, 1981. Matt grew up in Ann Arbor, attending Eberwhite Elementary, Slauson Middle and Pioneer High Schools. He was close with his little sister, Anne, with whom he laughed a lot and who knew he would protect her if needed. Matt enrolled in various courses at Washtenaw Community College but quickly discovered that by nature, he was a self-directed learner. His appetite for knowledge was ravenous and he believed that one should "Learn like you'll live forever." He took the initiative to earn several certifications in the IT field and joined the technology team at Wilson-Bennett Technology, Inc. where he was eventually promoted to Network Manager. Matt was highly respected for both his work ethic and creative mind and he took great pride in the role he played in the growing company. Matt had a number of interests in life. He enjoyed the great outdoors, fishing with his buddies, snowboarding, skateboarding and backyard gardening. An avid disc golfer, he played courses across the country and sometimes entered tournaments. His great love, however, was music. He studied, created, shared and enjoyed music of all types, which led to a connection with his future wife in 2008. On October 20, 2012 Matt married the love of his life, Kara Durham, and gained a daughter, Amaia, whom he adored. He could always see the irony in life and was not hesitant to share his observations with a hearty laugh. His laughter, the sparkle in his eyes and his giant hugs will be greatly missed. Matt was preceded in death by his father James J. Carter (2016). He is survived by his wife Kara Carter, daughter Amaia Durham, mother Alice Carter and younger sister Anne Carter. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, very dear friends who he would call his "brothers" and "sisters", and his loyal dog Cali. The family would like to thank Arbor Hospice for their competent and compassionate care during the last months of Matt's life and the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor for the limitless amount of support throughout his illness. The family is also grateful for the many cards, letters and pictures sent by friends and family. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will occur at a future date when all of Matt's friends and family can gather safely to give him the celebration he deserves. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, Arbor Hospice, or the Huron River Watershed Council.
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Matthew Rodrigo Carter
November 30, 2020
Dear Alice and Anne, I am overwhelmed with sadness after reading about your son and brother's untimely death. I have so many memories of Matthew from the time he came home to Ann Arbor and his early years. We had lovely hours together when we had time for play dates, dinners, and spending an afternoon just hanging out with Matt and our boys enjoying each other's company.
I can't imagine the pain of losing Matthew and I pray that in time you will find peace in your memories of the life you both shared with this vibrant young man.
Love , Judy, Fritz, Rick, Carl, & Peter
November 24, 2020
Amaia, I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in the thoughts and prayers of the entire DHS band program. We are all here for you.