The Oro Valley community is mourning the loss of former Town Councilman Kenneth “KC” Carter, who died on Saturday.
Carter, who served on the council between 2004 and 2010, died of a massive heart attack Saturday event.
Carter, 84, is remembered fondly, largely because of his devotion to the Oro Valley Community. Carter, a World War II Veteran, came to Oro Valley in the 1990s.
After serving six years on the council, Carter remained active. He could be seen with his cane, and agenda in hand at many of the council meetings over the years.
Mayor Satish Hiremath said he will be missed.
“KC was a guy who wanted to show how tough he was on the outside, but he had a big heart. He was truly dedicated to the community. He truly cared about how the community looked. I think this was a loss to the entire community.”
Patrick McNamara, a former reporter for The Explorer, understands Carter’s passion for the looks of the community. Carter, who worked in construction often commented on projects throughout the community.
“He always had the town’s best interest in mind,” McNamara said. “He had some salty language sometimes, so I couldn’t really quote him, but he was great to talk to.”
McNamara said he worked with Carter for four of his six years on the council. Carter was known for his appreciation of various construction projects throughout the community, and for saying “we’re in the garden,” when he wanted to say something off the record to McNamara.
Former Oro Valley Mayor Paul Loomis said he was fortunate to have served with Carter on the council for six years.
“He’ll really be missed,” he said. “KC always contributed to the town, he was an active council member during the time he served. We’ll especially miss his weekly visits at the Farmer’s Market. He was definitely one of the curmudgeons. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.”
Details for services are still being worked out.