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Gary Lee Arter

February 20, 1941 — March 6, 2024

Beloved husband, brother, father, grandpa and great grandpa, Gary Lee Arter, 83, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, passed away on March 6, 2024, after a long, valiant battle with Parkinson’s Disease.


Gary was born to Sid and Katherine Arter on February 20, 1941, in Glendale, California. Gary graduated from Hoover High School, where he was a founding member of many clubs and was a friend to all. Even up to his last days, Gary was still talking with some of his Hoover High classmates! Gary attended Idaho State University and then began his career in sales and general management. He spent many years of his career in Redding, California working for Foothill Distributing, Cressey Beverage and Redding Distributing and was known in the industry as “the Bud Man.”

At a dance in Glendale, California, Gary met his wife of forty-three years, Carole Lynn Hirr. Together they had two sons, Steven Gary Arter and Donald William Arter, who were their whole world!

After the death of his wife, Gary moved to Highlands Ranch, Colorado where he spent his remaining years with his partner, Trisha Tedesco. Gary was a very active member of his retirement community where he enjoyed competing, and winning, various pool tournaments, singing in their choir, playing golf, gardening, and cheering on his team the Denver Broncos!

Gary was preceded in death by his loving wife Carole Lynn Hirr Arter, parents Sid and Katherine Arter and his beloved sister Joan Arter Guy. He is survived by his devoted partner Trisha Tedesco, big brother Allan Arter (Mickie Arter), son Steven Gary Arter (Corinne Arter), son Donald William Arter (Shanna Arter), his nine grandchildren: Kyle Arter, Jesse Arter, Garret Arter, Hayli Arter Norton, Hunter Arter, Hanna Davis, Jordan Smith, Emma Charles, Madyson Arter and fourteen adored great grandchildren.

To know Gary was to love him! Gary spread kindness and joy everywhere he went! He was the king of all grandpa’s and will be greatly missed!

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