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Our 6’5” Gentle Giant, CHult, the Hulk, brother, son, cousin, teammate, grandson, and friend-to-all died unexpectedly September 17, 2022, from a medical emergency. Carter was born November 23, 2003. After two days of labor (Carter was never on time) he made his grand entrance, and everyone in the room was shocked to see his strength as he lifted his head off of his mother’s chest, looking around the entire room to see what was going on. This was his first display of the strength and curiosity that would become the hallmark of his short life.
He started running at 9 months and was routinely found racing down the street to explore the world, often naked. Thankfully, kind neighbors returned him with a popsicle in hand and a jacket wrapped around him.
Carter was extremely bright, but he marched to the beat of his own drum. He attended Kid’s Village until 3rd grade where he refused to sing in every performance, but he later sang beautifully and loved to dance, often on the football sidelines.
Carter was hilarious and always had something funny to say to make people laugh. Friends often told us how funny and delightful Carter was, particularly after seeing him in his signature basketball game outfit: a wrestling singlet and blonde Thor wig. Carter imitated every voice and accent he heard, and he created a custom voice for each animal he came in contact with. Carter lived unapologetically and authentically. He never cared about other people’s opinions of him. He was confident and true to himself.
He attended Kids Village, Highland Elementary, Timberline Middle School, and Lone Peak High School. His practical joking gained him “special access” to some of the great principals he had over the years for antics including mutton busting chairs down the banisters and stink bombs on the last day of school.
Carter was always bigger than everyone his age. This served him well on the football field. Football became his passion early on, and one of his main goals was to play college football. He started playing in 1st grade and was blessed to have many great teammates and coaches who mentored and taught him. Carter’s parents, siblings, and family loved watching him play football and cheered as he won championships in the 7th and 8th grades. Carter was a 3-year starter on the Lone Peak Varsity football team, and he helped the team win the 2019 and 2022 high school state championships. He was strong and aggressive on the field but the first to help his opponent off the ground after he pancaked him. Nothing made Carter happier than being with his teammates as they made incredible plays (and there were many). One of his greatest joys was talking about the outstanding plays that his friends had made. He was so excited to reach his goal of Second Team All-Region and receive offers to play college football, his lifelong dream.
Carter loved to cook and eat. He created his own recipes and enjoyed cooking, and he ALWAYS looked forward to his next meal, savoring the idea of what was to come. Hours beforehand, he would ask, “Mom, what’s for dinner?”
In high school, Carter found a new love in the Uknighted film classes where he was mentored by great teachers. Carter’s talent won him 4th place at a national broadcasting competition for his “Be Cool. Be Kind” public service announcement. He planned to study film in college and make it his career.
Carter will be missed for many things but especially his kindness to all. He often felt invisible but was known to be a friend to the friendless and say hello to anyone that looked like they needed a friend. He loved the Lone Peak football PLAY program, which allowed the athletes to visit elementary schools. Carter was immediately drawn to special needs children and those sitting alone. He was always seen coaching up his brothers, cousins, friends, and younger teammates on the sideline at football games. He was a protector of everyone and fiercely fought for the underdog.
He did not have an easy life. ADHD was both his blessing and his curse. He had a tender heart, and he struggled in many areas of his life, but he chose to be happy, kind, and generous despite his trials. He always showed gratitude for those in his corner and spoke kindly to everyone.
Carter is survived by his parents Nathan and Meredith Hult, sister Clara, brothers Keaton and Klein, grandparents LaVar and Brenda Hult and Alfred and Patricia Dodini, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and teammates who loved him fiercely. We are grateful for his best friends Isis, Caysen, and Jake.
Our family is so grateful for the outpouring of love, generosity, and prayers on our behalf. We are grateful for those who loved and cared for Carter. We will forever miss his giant hugs, infectious smile, voice impressions, delicious food, ferocious blocks, and funny sense of humor, but we are so grateful for the knowledge that families are forever. We look forward to seeing Carter again. Carter’s legacy is his kindness. We know Carter would encourage each of you to look for the friendless, see and include people who are invisible to the popular kids, say hello or smile to the underdog, and show and tell people you love them. In Carter’s own words, “I choose to embrace my differences and seek out those who feel invisible in the halls of our society.” We hope you will do the same in his honor. #kindlikeCarter.
A celebration of Carter’s life will be held Monday, September 26, 2022. The viewing will be from 9:00 - 10:45 am followed by a service at 11:00 am in the LDS Chapel located at 5335 West 11200 North, Highland, Utah. Interment will be in the Highland City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.