1950 - 2021 James D. Carpenter was born June 17, 1950, in Boise, ID to Elizabeth and JD Carpenter, but will forever be known as "Rusty" to his friends and loved ones. He graduated from Bishop Kelly High School, in Boise, ID and went on to serve his country honorably as a Navy Hospital Corpsman, last stationed at NAS Whidbey Oak Harbor, WA. After leaving the Navy, Rusty became both a nurse and a paramedic and was one of a group of the first of legendary paramedics affectionately known as "Richeson's Raiders" trained by the famed Ron Richeson in Skagit County's fledgling Emergency Medical System. Rusty's career spanned over 45 years as a Registered Nurse and Paramedic, during which time he earned the respect of physicians, nurses, firefighters, EMT's and others with whom he served. He was known as the quintessential professional, a mentor to many, a calming influence in chaos, a skilled medic who ministered to the ill and injured citizens of Skagit County with great kindness and professionalism. He was a loyal member of the International Association of Firefighters, Local 3427, his professional union, and considered his fellow members and his close community of paramedics, fire fighters and EMT's to be his brothers and sisters. In their words, "Rest easy Rusty, we will take it from here". Rusty was honored by those same brothers and sisters with an emergency vehicle procession as his body was returned to Skagit Valley , his final resting place. Family was most important to Rusty and served as his place of comfort and grounding. He was a loyal family man who leaves behind Pam, his best friend, soul mate, life partner, and wife of forty plus years, his son Eli Carpenter (and wife Major Kira Carpenter), his daughter Chelsea Carpenter (and husband Conner Brown), and his mother-in-law, Pat Barton. He also leaves behind many friends who will greatly miss his sense of fun and humor. Rusty was an avid fisherman, international traveler, and avid motorcycle enthusiast who had plans in place for more adventures when his life was cut short after a battle with Covid-19. He lived his life in service to his country and his community and has certainly earned a place in heaven, which in Rusty's case is probably a long and winding road where he can throttle on the twisties, enjoy the sweepers and end the ride with a cold beer, a single malt scotch and a hearty laugh with his many friends who are already there to greet him. Oh, the stories they will tell. Services will be postponed until summer, when we can safely meet to reminisce and celebrate his life of service. In his memory, the family asks that everyone continues to wear masks, wash hands and socially distance to prevent others from missing loved ones from their tables.

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