LD Carpenter was husband to his beloved wife of 50 years, Christine Carpenter, with whom he was blessed with 2 children Shelly Anne Carpenter Taylor and Randall Allen Carpenter. He leaves behind his loving wife, both children and their spouses, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and his sister Linda Carpenter Morgan and a number of cousins, nieces, aunts and uncles. His Family was his most prized gift.
LD was active in his church and in mission work, leading numerous trips to Matamoros, Mexico providing vacation bible school and other help to the children in the orphanage there. He also played the euphonium and valve trombone in the First Baptist Church Adult Orchestra.
From 1980-1982 LD was elected to serve as member and Chairman on the Planning Commission in District 3 in Garland, Texas where he lived. He was instrumental in the beginning stages for State Highway 190 and Firewheel Shopping Center. In 1982, he was elected as Chairman of the Garland City Council. His hobby was operating his Ham Radio on K5LD, and assisted with radio communications in a variety of natural disasters over the years, working closely with WFAA and their weather team.
Professionally, LD’s background was extremely diverse. He served in the Dallas Sherriff’s Office in the 1960’s, maintained his insurance license for many years, acquired his pilot’s license, and for the last 30 years was active as a paralegal, working on trademarks, personal injury and product liability cases. He often told his family, he loved his work with the law office of Kizzia Johnson PLLC – and we loved him as well.
When working on his computer, LD was happy and was the most technically inclined of all our staff – both young and old. But building with his tools in the garage also brought him much enjoyment. When relaxing, he read (especially books on history), collected hats and listened to Elvis Presley or Southern Gospel Music – possibly not all at the same time.
His Family and his KJ Family are both saddened and both are missing a beloved ‘family’ member. With love and compassion for his biological family, “Thanks for sharing him with us. We will miss him enormously!”