Johnny Ray Carver was born November 24th, 1953, in Waynesville, North Carolina, to Fred Teague Carver and Joyce Reagan, both deceased. Also proceeding John in death were his two brothers Freddy and Jackie Carver, and his youngest daughter Leslie Carver. John leaves behind one brother Steve and two sisters Angela Carver and Sherry Carver Rogers, both of Waynesville, North Carolina; his daughter Betsy (Saen) McIntire of Silver Creek, Wa.; grandson Anthony (Rodina) St. Pierre, great grandson Asher, of Mossyrock; granddaughter Amber (Jake and daughters) of Onalaska, Wa.; and grandson Austin King (Jaiden) of Mossyrock; as well as his is life long loves Rose Carver and Mary Jo McCallister, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
John was never one to talk much about himself, but he was loved by many and never had any enemies. John loved the outdoors from youth and throughout his whole life. He was a commercial fisherman by trade, but loved to fish the local rivers, lakes, and ponds in Lewis County. He was also a hunter, who tagged a deer just about every year. He even shot an elk one year with his black powder gun off Riffe Lake and had to use a boat to bring it in, quite the adventurer. John was also a well known rock hound and artifact enthusiast. He worked with state archeologists regarding artifacts from the Cowlitz River Valley.
After attending Tuscola High in Waynesville, North Carolina, he enlisted in the army where he served at Ft. Lewis, Washington. John met Rose in 1972 and fell in love with her and Washington State. They began their family of four and lived in Mossyrock. John worked in the sawmills in Morton for a bit, he cut and sold cedar blocks for awhile, and then joined the family fishing business in Alaska around 1980. John spent his summers fishing in Nelson Lagoon, Alaska with the Snodgrasses and then would work for Grose Construction, out of Morton, Wa., building logging roads in the off season from September to May.
John retired from fishing in 2002 and went to full time dump truck driver. This gave him more time with his family, friends, and farm. John retired from Grose's in 2017 and became a full time farming gardener. His farm and family were his pride and joy. John loved to be outside and you could find him just about anywhere on that farm at any given time, may he forever rest in Peace there.
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