Granlibakken’s second in command dies
TAHOE CITY — Jerry Carter, director of development at Granlibakken Resort, died Monday after suffering a heart attack at the resort. Carter oversaw expansion at the resort during the past 10 years.
Carter, 70, lived at Granlibakken with his wife, Aileen. As director of development, Carter managed the construction of the executive lodge, new pool complex, employee housing and changes to guest rooms. He was also in charge of running the resort when owner Bill Parson was out of town and acted as a liaison between the homeowners association and Parson.
Carter started working with Woolworth’s before opening his own clothing store for teenage girls, eventually opening 22 stores in the Bay Area under the name of The Clothes Barn, Clothes Mill, and Clothes Stable. He also owned four restaurants and a travel agency in Danville.
Carter and his family had been coming to Tahoe since the 1960s. The Carters owned a condominium in Squaw Valley, where their middle daughter participated in the summer ice skating school.
It was there that Bill and Norma Parson, who were working at the Olympic Valley Hotel, met the Carters, forming a 40-year friendship. The Parsons went on sailing trips with the Carters, who owned a 75-foot boat, in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.
After retiring in 1990, Parson invited Carter to come on board at Granlibakken. Once the executive lodge was completed in 1995, Parson asked Carter to be his second in command.
“Whenever I was gone, he was in charge of Granlibakken,” Parson said.
In addition to his wife, Carter is survived by three daughters and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be Sunday in Pleasanton at the Valley Community Church at 2 p.m., and another on Dec. 29 in Granlibakken’s Grand Hall at 3 p.m.
Donations in Jerry Carter’s name may be sent to the Charles Edward Schoonover Memorial Scholarship Fund, Diablo Valley College Foundation Office, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.
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