Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Carter, John Bolen of Santa Cruz

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Carter, John Bolen of Santa Cruz

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Carter, John Bolen of Santa Cruz, CA passed away peacefully in the loving arms of wife Shelley, his favorite songs The Wild Colonial Boy, Joe Hill, Me and Bobby McGee sung by daughter Katie, still playing in his ears. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bolen and Anne Carter, and sister, Annie Carter, and is survived by Shelley, Katie (Lewis), son Dylan (Diana), and granddaughter Alice. Like Chuck Berry, John was a proud product of East St. Louis, MO and later found his home in California, first in the Haight Ashbury, and then at El Rio in Santa Cruz. He began his working life as a VISTA volunteer in St. Louis, later becoming a proud member of Local 510 in San Francisco, where he found his strength as an organizer and creator of community. A man of (many) words, John was both a soulful writer and an almost comically gifted talker-indeed he could talk about anything-LBJ, the phases of the moon, Bob Gibson's fast ball<$> the poetry of Yeats and Jeffers. …

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