Carter Lester

March 30, 1926March 12, 2013

Carter Lester, 86, went home to heaven March 12, 2013 in Round Rock, Tx with his wife and daughters by his side.

Carter graduated from Austin High School in 1944 and immediately enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After discharge in 1946, he attended the University of Texas. In his early years, Carter worked at Bohls-Kuhn Pharmacy and Toonerville Drive-in, helping to support his widowed mother and two older sisters. After UT, Carter was employed as a District Manager for the Austin Statesman. Following his career at the Statesman, Carter worked in real estate and pursued a career as an auctioneer.

In 1971, he and his wife Trudy founded Camp Doublecreek in Round Rock, Tx. He was known as “Uncle Carter” at Doublecreek and touched the lives of thousands of campers and hundreds of staff. Doublecreek was his life’s work and he loved every camper and staff as if they were his own family.

Carter and Trudy loved to travel and would take long road trips to see the US. They also visited Canada, countries in Asia and Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Carter became a believer in Jesus Christ at an early age and was an active member of Hyde Park Baptist in Austin and later First Baptist Church, Round Rock. He served as Deacon at Hyde Park as well as in other leadership positions.

Carter was born March 30, 1926 in Sherman, Tx to Lee Lester and Ruth E. (Carter) Lester. He is pre-deceased by his parents, sister Bettie Lee Rasmusen and grandson Scott Kirtley. Carter is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years Trudy Lester, daughter Judy Kirtley and husband Bruce, daughter Jane Neal and husband Frank as well as grandchildren Tracy Johnson, Dan Neal. wife Andrea and great-granddaughter Brooklyn, Drew Neal, Tim Neal and Paul Neal. His sister Hazel Dean Griffin and husband Joe R Griffin also survive him.

Charity donations: Children at Heart Foundation 1301 North Mays Round Rock, Tx 78664 Attn: Carter Lester Camp Doublecreek Fund (to fund scholarships for foster children)

A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville. Memorial services will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Round Rock.

Please visit Carter’s memorial page at


  • Visitation Saturday, March 16, 2013
  • Memorial Service Sunday, March 17, 2013

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Vince Snoddy

July 12, 2013

I spent the majority of my formative life through college as both a camper and staff member until I graduated college(75-92) and it was time to put that UT education to work and set the world on fire, since I was sure I knew it all at 22. This was back before the internet, everyone in Austin knew and cared for one another, and all that was needed to get things done was a little drive, a little luck, a little "horse sense" and a man's word that was backed up with meaningful action and integrity. Carter, you make me think back and smile on those days. Thank you for your service to this country and reminding us all for a moment what sacrifice really is and what this country stands for, and its importance in the world. Thank you for your strong leadership, presence and sense of community for building and sustaining Doublecreek for your grandchildren's legacy and for generations of families. Thank you for your fellowship, wholesomeness , patience, and oversight for creating a positive/uplifting, safe and secure home for children to challenge themselves to do/be better than they think they are or can do. The lessons and behaviors taught and demonstrated at Doublecreek have blessed us all by teaching values, civility, morality and basic decency in interacting with others in a thoughtful way, which seems to be in short supply in an automated, self-servicing and process-centric world. I am blessed as so many of us are, to have these gifts as my personal foundation for success in life, and finding a safety net in times of need/levity in difficult times.

Sonya E.

March 21, 2013

My prayers are with the family at the time of their lost. Carter was a great person and his smile would light up the office when he came for his appts. My heart is sad and my eyes are filled with tears but i know that he is not suffering anymore and he is in a better place. I will truly miss seeing him in the office.

Travis Kenney

March 21, 2013

I have such happy memories of Uncle Carter and Camp Doublecreek. Riding the green monster to camp and having Uncle Carter as our bus driver and song leader was great. What I remember most vividly is getting to drive his 1957 step-side chevy down to the dumpster to throw away the lunch trash. And getting to drive the old standard buses down the dirt road to fill them up with gas for the afternoon drives home. I would circle the buses in the driveway and I felt so honored to have this job as a 14 year old. At the 40th anniversary celebration of Doublecreek, I asked Uncle C. if he ever worried that I would hurt myself or run over a group of campers. He paused for a second and then said, "No...never crossed my mind." His trust in me early on shaped who I grew up to be and I will be forever grateful for Uncle C. and my time at Doublecreek. Uncle Carter- your life was like a song that we didn't want to end. But your song lives on in all of us.

March 20, 2013

We are grateful for Uncle Carter and Aunt Trudy for all that Camp Doublecreek gave to our kids' lives. We will forever have "In 1814 we took a little trip ..." branded in our musical memories, but life lessons of courtesy and honor are much deeper. Wayne & Nancy Wedemeyer

Lisa Markert O'Reilly

March 19, 2013

Dear Aunt Trudy & Family:
I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Carter!
I knew both of you not only as a camper (in my younger years), but also as friends and neighbors. You two helped me during some trying times, and for that, I am truly grateful! Uncle Carter will surely be missed!

Vickie (Prevost) Peterson

March 19, 2013

Uncle Carter - YOU are a blessing from God! I am so grateful to have known you as a camper and counselor for so many years. You and Aunt Trudy are still part of our family and Pam and I cherish all of our years with you. Thank you for teaching us all to work hard and be kind in all we do (and have a little fun too!). Peace be with you and your family.

Mary Kathryn Kenney Strong

March 18, 2013

Summertime meant happiness for my brother and I because we were able to spend it with Uncle Carter and Aunt Trudy. What an amazing person to do so much good in one lifetime. I'm forever grateful for the time I spent with Uncle Carter. Much love and prayers to Trudy and her family.

Carla Bowles

March 18, 2013

I attended Camp Doublecreek as an awkward 14 year old girl ('78). Some ten years later I signed up my son, then a 4 year old ('88), he attended Camp Doublecreek for the next 10 years. Some 15 years after my son, I signed up my 4 year old granddaughter for her first summer at Camp Doublecreek (2013); I learned the very day I enrolled my granddaughter, Uncle Carter finished his race. 2 Timothy 4:7
Angels are rejoicing as the ones left to carry on may be given Grace and Peace. Thank you.

justin hilton

March 18, 2013

Uncle Carter , you were lit up my life as a camper with your warmth and song for so many years , remembering Whitlow's white bus , Karen Culver playing guitar in the back seats, Lee Willis, Scott and Shaun Bard and all the other counselors and campers that you molded into the people we are today with you and Aunt Trudy's special brand of love . Being raised by a single mom Doublecreek was the family I always longed for and I will be forever grateful , love Bobby Hilton now Justin Hilton , Austin, tx

March 17, 2013

Carter, thanks for being a mentor and friend for 57 years. You were my district manager for the Austin American Statesmen when I was a newspaper carrier from age 12 to 17.

My son Mike and daughter both attended Camp Doublecreek, as well as nieces Christine and Jennifer.

Yours is an example of a life very well lived, thanks for all you did for so many. Our prayers and loving thoughts to Aunt Trudy and all your wonderful family.

John Yokie, Farmington, NM (formally from Austin)