HENRY PETER "PETE" CARSTENSEN III
September 15, 1951 – February 28, 2019
Henry Peter Carstensen III (Pete), 67, passed away February 28, 2019, in Chandler, Arizona. Pete was born September 15, 1951, in Coulee Dam, WA to Henry Jr. and Yvaughn Carstensen. He lived his entire life in Almira, WA on the north ridge. He graduated Almira High School in 1969. From there he attended both Spokane Falls Community College and Whitworth College where he played football. As a “baby bull” he met Darcy Geib at a dance at the age of 14. This blooming romance lasted over half a century, almost 50 years of marriage. They were married March 21, 1970. Pete loved sports and farming. There was not a time when he was not either attending a game to watch his children or grandchildren or flipping through sports on the remote endlessly. While his first love was Darcy, his true love was farming. He believed that hard work, perfection, and a good shot of gin could solve the world’s problems. He loved a great visit and never turned down a guest who might stop by. Pete’s interests also included reading, golfing, finding quality meats for barbecue, and watching his grandchildren. His weeknights and weekends were filled with family activities. He watched everything from an Odessa volleyball game to dance, cheer, and his all-time favorites - football, basketball, and baseball. He was proud of his grandchildren and made sure he could encourage them to go after their dreams. Pete was an active member of the Almira community and Lincoln County. He served on various committees throughout his life. He loved coaching and connecting with people. He built many connections with people with whom he enjoyed visiting and having a good laugh. Through all these experiences he was able to show the importance of community. And perhaps, many saw his stubbornness, too. Pete is preceded in death by his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Henry Carstensen Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Duane White, and his In-laws Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Geib. Pete is survived by a family that really loved him; his wife Darcy and their three children, Jody and Paul Schmidt, HP and Cory Carstensen, and Cameron and Nicole Carstensen; 10 grandchildren Carsten, Brenna, Becca, Drew, Nathan, Reegan, Cade, Kaelynn, Harper, and Trent; his parents Jr and Yvaughnie Carstensen; siblings Yvaughn (Sissy) and Jack Thompkins and Mike and Lorie Carstensen; many nephews, nieces, and their families. A memorial will be held March 29, 2019, at the Almira Gymnasium at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Almira Community Center, P.O. Box 211, Almira, WA 99103. Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is assisting the family with services. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at https://www.stratefuneralhome.com for Pete’s family.
- Memorial Service Friday, March 29, 2019
HENRY PETER "PETE" CARSTENSEN III
March 29, 2019
What do I know about Pete? I've only known him about fifty five years, so my experience is somewhat limited. What I can say is that Pete was someone that I was ALWAYS happy to see. His smile and the twinkle in his eye was so warm, genuine and embracing that life just seemed better because of the contact. Through the years, starting by competing in basketball in high school (well, there was really no competition-he was SO gifted,) to watching our kids play for ACH, there was always fun to be had when Pete was around. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to share so many good times with Pete as above all, Pete was just a REALLY good guy. To the family, good friends all, I extend my most sincere condolences. Rest in peace, Pete. I wish you hadn't left us so soon.
March 24, 2019
Pete played football at Whitworth when I was coaching there. Later I moved to Coulee DAm and taught and coached at Lake Roosevelt. I would go up to see Pete in Almira and go hunting. He was a first class player and person. I would see him at games after that. He was very respected with everyone he came into contact with.