Carpenter died Dec. 27 at his home after a long bout with prostate cancer. He was 79.
A former Marine and graduate of the Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, Carpenter was a partner in a law firm in Sun City for more than 40 years. He was also a charter member of the Sun City / Menifee Rotary Club and was involved in many other community organizations.
Carpenter is survived by his wife, Vicki; children Tom, John, Lisa (Moser), Drew and Renee (Johnson); and brother, Raymond Carpenter. Also surviving him are seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation is scheduled on Wednesday, Jan. 2 from 4-8 p.m. at Miller-Jones Mortuary, 26770 Murrieta Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the MSJC Foundation or to Hospice of the Valleys.