Steven Nolan Carter

Steven Nolan Carter passed away peacefully at his home in Santa Barbara on December 7, 2015. He was the loving husband of Peggy Carter, devoted father of Katie Cota (Justin) of Lompoc and Patrick Carter (Rachel) of San Francisco, stepfather of Todd Brais of Santa Rosa, adored grandfather of Cassie, Jack and Clara Cota, brother of Jan Carter (Oliver) of Berkeley and Dave Carter (Barbara) of Escondido, and son of Jean Carter of West Covina. He was predeceased by his first wife, Suzan Carter and his father Jack Carter.

Steve was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and grew up in West Covina, California. He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Architecture and moved to Santa Barbara to begin his career. He spent the last 26 years as a partner at DesignArc where he was Project Architect on the Santa Barbara Bowl for 20 years. Other projects included UCSB Manzanita Village. He was Project Manager for the Entrada project on lower State Street at the time of his death.

Beyond Steve’s passion for architecture, he loved taking back road trips. He was also an avid surfer as a young man, and he always loved good company and good food. One of his greatest joys was the time spent with his family and grandchildren.

A private family celebration of his life will be held in accordance with Steve’s wishes.

Donations in Steve’s honor can be made online to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research (


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