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Carter J. Poulsen

07/14/1952 - 07/16/2019
Service Date: 07/23/2019
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 777 East Elliot Road, Gilbert, Arizona
Visitation Date: 07/23/2019
Visitation Time: 9:00 AM
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 777 East Elliot Road, Gilbert, Arizona
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

Carter J. Poulsen, 67, passed away on July 16, 2019.  He was born to Owen and Ruth Poulsen in Lordsburg, New Mexico in 1952. He was the 7th of 10 children.  Carter lived a full and happy life and enjoyed many activities such as horseback riding, hunting, and camping, but above all, he loved serving others and spending every moment he could with family and loved ones. He woke up each day, committed to seeing the needs of others and acting on inspiration to help them.  Carter loved God, inspiring and caring for many along the way, serving as an LDS bishop and youth leader. He built a successful accounting firm; his clients will remember him for being caring and honest.  Later in life, he became fascinated with science and built a second career out of a hobby.  His legacy will continue on with his wife Barbara, his four children, and his 10 grandchildren.  He will not be forgotten by the many that love him. The funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, July 23rd at the Gilbert AZ Stake Center, 777 East Elliot Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234.


  • Even though I never met Carter in person, he prepared my personal taxes annually for almost 30 years. His voice on the phone always came across as kind and gentle including the last time we spoke which was just a few short weeks ago. I will miss that voice. Rest In Peace, Carter.

  • We love and miss you, Bro. Poulsen! Thank you for everything you’ve done for the University Ward!

  • Yvonne Poulsen

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Uncle Carter will be missed by many. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. Love you.

  • Barbara,
    So sorry to hear of Carters passing. Our prayers are with you. With love, mike and Diana McLaws

  • We have such wonderful memories of Gilbert 2nd ward with Carter and the Poulsen family! We will miss him and our prayers are with all of you.

  • Verla King Jackson

    Sorry to hear of Carter’s passing. I am his cousin, Frances Merrell King’s daughter. Wish I could be there to help celebrate Carter’s life with family. Love & Prayers, Verla

  • Brittany Nguyen

    I’m so sorry to hear this news- he will be missed. I lived next door to the Poulsen family for 15 years and Carter Poulsen was my Bishop. At a ward party when I was about nine, I fell off of something and got the wind knocked out of me. He was the only one who saw so he came running over, helped me up, and sat with me until I felt better. He probably didn’t even remember that little moment, because it was just who he was and he was always doing things like that but it stuck with me. He was so kind and compassionate, and I feel lucky to have known him. Prayers for your family. ♥️

  • We are so sorry to hear of Carter’s passing. He was a good man who loved the Lord and who loved serving others. We are so sorry we will be out of town on a family vacation and are going to miss his funeral. I know there are many who loved him. He was competent in his profession, and dedicated to his family and friends. I enjoyed his sense of humor. He was always direct and straight-forward with his advice and counsel. His opinions were always respected. It was an honor to have known and served with him.

  • Vauna Clifford

    I always appreciated Carter’s calm and patient demeanor. My boys have recalled him leading them in YM and Carter being the first bishop that interviewed them. We all have happy memories of Carter and his wise financial advice. I know he will be missed, but he also leaves a ripple effect on many lives for good. Our love to your family. Dave& Vauna Clifford

  • Francis Nardella

    I have known Carter since I started my medical practice in 1993. I came to look forward to our twice yearly tax meetings. I will miss him a lot.

  • My heart is still saddened over the temporary loss of my friend Carter. He did my taxes for as long as I can remember, and probably further back than that. I would refer to him as a “gentle giant” because he let never swung a big stick, but the shadow of his spirit and influence was powerful. Carter was tireless in his work ethic, never putting his clients in harms way, but when needed he came in like a white knight to save the day. I will sorely miss my annual visits with Carter, but will look forward to continuing such conversations with his capable son Ethan. May God bless the Poulsen family through this trial.

  • A heavy blow. Cater was my accountant and mentor for 25 years. I owe much of my business success to Carter. He will be very, very missed. At my March tax meeting with Cater I told him that our annual meetings felt like they were only six months apart…that time was passing much too quickly. It does.

  • Debra Poulsen

    Carter was such a good brother in law. He always, along with Barbara made us feel so welcome in their home. We looked forward to the yearly box of citrus and he was so willing to share. He had a fun and happy personality and treated others with kindness and consideration. He appreciated the simple joys of life and always came across as a humble and down to earth person. It was easy to feel comfortable in his presence. Seth and I will miss Carter so much.

  • Christopher jack Crum

    I will so miss my friend Carter as he was an inspiration in my life which allowed me to overcome a huge obstacle in my life. He was funny and kind and most of all he loved the our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and as a ARP missionary. I love you and will miss you my friend!

  • I am sorry to hear of Carter’s passing.I pray for his family that they will be comforted and know that someday they will all be together again.

  • I have very fond memories of Carter. He was my bishop and Accountant, but also my friend. He gave me a lot of great advice and was always there for me and others when needed. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his wonderful family. My the lord give them comfort during this sad time.

  • Carter has been doing my taxes for 20 years and he was a respectful, professional and kind man. He always had a smile on his face. He will be missed!

  • Cannon Christensen

    I’ve known Carter for 20 years and his character, integrity, and professionalism have been so impressive to me. He had a unique way of calming any situation and making you feel that you were the most important person to him at the time. Not only has Carter been the best accountant I’ve ever known, he’s been an incredible influence for good in the world. I”m a better person for having a friend like Carter Poulsen!

  • I am so sorry to hear of Carter’s passing. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

  • We are so sad to hear of the passing of a wonderful friend. Carter was such a gentle and kind person and gave of himself to others in so many ways. He made a difference in the world and will be truly and deeply missed. Our heartfelt love and sympathy to Barbara and her entire family.

  • J. Carl Blake

    I am saddened to hear of the passing of Carter. I first met Carter 43 yrs ago as junior accountants at a large CPA firm in Phoenix. I remember when Carter left to start his own accounting firm in Scottsdale. I would stop by now & then to see him & remember a large picture on the wall behind his desk of a tractor plowing a field. He would always say isn’t that great wish I were there. He did have a dry sense of humor but always with positive attitude. My thoughts & prayers are with the Poulsen family.

  • Karen Minson Donald

    Everyone loves Carter, so sorry to hear. Barbara, my heart hurts for you. Prayers for you.

  • Mark and Laraine Eddington

    Long, long ago before marriage and kids, Mark and I became friends with Carter and Barb. Even then, Carter was looking out for others, kind, funny and friendly. He was smart, but never a show off. We married and started families about the same time, losing touch and then reconnecting many times over the years. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of this good man. Our love and kindest thoughts to Barb and the rest of the family.

  • Mark and Nancy Pullman

    We can truly and sincerely say that Bishop Carter Poulsen was our favorite Bishop. He was thoughtful and considerate of us, of everyone I’m certain. We moved from 2nd Ward in Gilbert and moved to a new home in a different stake and ward. When we sold that home and needed to move to a rental previous to moving to Lake Havasu. AZ, we found a rental home for that 6 mos. just across the boundary of our former Gilbert 2nd ward…Carter just told us that we were in his ward and he would take care of that for us. We were so blessed by that 6 months in “Bishop Carters 2nd ward”…where there was so much love and service given to Mark and I. Carter and Barbara were such a wonderful couple, raising loving children and now grandchildren. Mark and I share deep condolences and our love at such a difficult time for his beloved Barbara, Children, and Grandchildren

  • Larry & DeAnn Kettenring

    We are so sorry to hear of Carter’s passing. We thought the world of your entire family!!! We loved you all so much. Carter and Barbara exemplified being a friend, having fun and welcoming others. We are so grateful for how you welcomed us into your circle. Our prayers are with you all ❤️❤️❤️

  • I was shocked and saddened to hear of Carter’s passing. I suppose he was maybe the healthiest person I knew. I feel as if I lost one of my own brothers!!! I will never forget his smile and upbeat attitude. Carter was one of those people you are thankful to have met and count as a true friend. I send my love and prayers to Barb and the kids. Carter was a really good man with an important mission on the other side. I will miss him!

  • Richard and Darlene MAJARIAN

    We are sorry to hear of Carter’s passing. He was a dear friend to us. Hearts go out to the family.

  • My wife and I am so sorry and shocked to hear today of Carter’s death. I knew him since 1982 and thought him to be the most honest and humble man I have ever known! We looked forward to our yearly tax talks and advice in between. Why people like Carter seem to leave us so early is beyond my understanding. Our belated prayers are with his family and friends. God rest his soul and his memory will be with us forever!

  • I have known Carter since 1965 when we were in school at Mckemy Junior high. There was always joking and laughing going on. He was a good guy! I always thought very highly of him and his brother Seth. I remember a trip to Saguaro lake in 1970. We had a blast. In trying to reconnect with him I discovered that he had passed:( Very sad to hear. Carter, you will always be loved by those you crossed paths with. I hope to see you again.

  • Maeli McFarlane

    Grandpa Carter was my best friend. He always will be and i will always love and remember him. Kept forever in my heart. He always called me Maeli G. and I will forever call him the best friend i could ever have! I love and miss him but he is with me always.

  • Maeli McFarlane

    I remember the day he passed and the day my heart chipped a bit. 4 years ago but even though not seen, still heard in my heart.

  • Maeli McFarlane

    Grandpa Carter was my best friend. He always will be and i will always love and remember him. Kept forever in my heart. He always called me Maeli G. and I will forever call him the best friend i could ever have! I love and miss him but he is with me always. 4 years ago my heart chipped and 4 years ago I lost the best person ever but even though not seen, still heard in my heart.

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