Carter John Nelson

Carter John Nelson

Nov. 1998 ~ Sept. 2019

Carter John Nelson aka “Car Car” was welcomed into this world with love by his family on November 25, 1998. As he grew, he developed a passion for cars. He could name the make and models of cars before he was two years old on daily walks with his mom.

Carter began his preschool and elementary years at Turlock Christian where he was loved by his teachers. Then he was homeschooled by his mama in 5th grade (the best days of her life) before going to Keyes to Learning 6th through 9th grade. He graduated from Turlock High School in 2017. At Turlock High his favorite class was auto shop where he was mentored by Mr. Dean Massey.

Inspired by his grandpa, John, Carter learned to play the piano and sing as a child with lessons from Mrs. Castro. He loved songwriting and singing and could be found in his teen and young adult years loudly playing the family piano with greasy hands at the end of his day. He also enjoyed hiking, hunting, shooting, and fishing with his brother, Cody, and friends.

Carter went to Simpson University on scholarship as a music major. He missed working on his car, so he came home and began working at SpeeDee Oil Change and Auto Service. He loved diagnostics, especially on Hondas, and was building a car that he hoped to professionally race someday.

Carter and his dad, Bryan, enjoyed being together at San Francisco Giants games, working together with Blue Chip Sports coverage of local football games, and watching their favorite TV show. Bryan’s joy was to invest his time and love into Carter’s life.

Carter was quick-witted and had an easy laugh. He brought joy to his family with his zest for life. He lived with gusto in a light-hearted way. He was passionate and purposeful in all he did.

Carter was treasured by his family – his mom and dad, Bryan and Erin, his sister, Cassie, brother, Cody, and sister Camille. He was a gift to his Auntie Kelli (aka sister), Uncle Fred, Uncle Joel, Auntie Colleen, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Carter is preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Christine Nelson, Dennis Hill and Sherry McCash. Also, his stillborn sibling, and his niece, Emmette Joy Alldrin.

Carter’s family wishes to extend their deepest thanks to the kindest and most devoted community that is sharing their pain. There will be a viewing on Wednesday, October 2nd from 10am-6pm at Allen Mortuary 247 N Broadway in Turlock and a private burial.

All who loved Carter are invited to a tribute dinner on Thursday, October 3, at 6pm at the home of Dean and Liz Doerksen, 9512 East Grayson Road, Denair, CA.

Please bring a written memory for his family and join us around the campfire as we remember Carter. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and wear your comfy shoes.

All contributions can be made to Jessica’s House PO Box 1712, Turlock, CA 95381 or at


  • Brooke Rodrigues September 28, 2019 2:44 am

    Carter always knew what to say or what to do if you had a bad day. He always made sure you were welcomed and included in any space. He was kind, funny and loving to the fullest extent. He knew what it meant to live fully in all that he did. I remember showing up to school and church and always being welcomed. We went on a missions trip to Mexico in high school and without him, that 13 hour drive would’ve been horrible. I never stopped smiling around him.

  • Carol De Vito September 28, 2019 3:53 am

    I remember when Cassie was one of my students as a fifth grader her mom came to help in the classroom. Carter was just a toddler & came too. He was a fun little guy with a lot of energy. The last time I saw him he was about 10 or so and was out to breakfast with his beloved grandpa, John Nelson who passed away shortly after.

  • Stan Gustafson September 30, 2019 5:08 pm

    Dear Erin and Brian: Words fail me at a time like this. So I will offer some scriptures since your belief in them will help you. Please look at Ps. 46:1-3 “God is your refuge & strength.” I love the passage in John 14 where Jesus is comforting his apostles. Verses 1-3. I just wanted you to know that you have been in my prayers and thoughts since I first heard of Carters passing. God bless you.

  • Juanita Curtis October 2, 2019 1:43 pm

    My prayers go out to Carter’s family for the sadness and grief they are going through. The promise of God is to always be with us in time of sadness and joy. God be with you.
    Juanita Curtis

  • Doug & Linda October 2, 2019 8:43 pm

    Dear Brian & Erin
    Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
    I have lifted you up in prayer since we heard. Will continue to ask God to bring healing in this time
    Doug & Linda Sequeira

  • Michelle (Gill) Allen October 2, 2019 10:35 pm

    Brian and Erin, I am so sorry for your loss. May God provide comfort and healing. God bless your family. May Carter rest in peace eternally with our Lord.

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