Opening Ceremony and Flag Raising

Opening Ceremony and Flag Raising

Saturday, July 27

Time: 8 a.m.

Place: Santaquin Rodeo Grounds, 200 S. 400 West

Cost: FREE

 Santaquin’s Mayor and City Council will host a flag-raising ceremony on Saturday that will serve as the official opening ceremony of the 2019 Orchard Days celebration.

Each year the council chooses an individual who has influenced the community during their lifetime. This year they have chosen to recognize Jeff Carter with a balloon release.

The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. at the new flagpole located at the rodeo grounds.

Jeff Carter


On February 6, 2019, the city of Santaquin lost a true hero, Jeff Carter.  Jeff was born October 8, 1955, to Bill and Jeanine Carter.  He attended Payson High School where he graduated in 1973.  On graduation night, he met the love of his life, Pat Anderson, and 2 years later they were married in the Manti Temple.  Together they had 5 children, Michelle (Todd) Sperry, Chad (Jessica) Carter, Emily (Keaton) Smith and Justin (Aspen) Carter, and one angel baby, Kimberly.

His 7 grandchildren were his pride and joy! Madison and Braiden Mendenhall, Kinsley, Mayley, and Kale Smith, and Lexi and Gavin Carter each had a special bond with him and he was their biggest fan, never missing a ball game or dance competition and he truly loved every minute of it!
After Jeff and Pat's children were grown, and Jeff had lived in Payson for over 52 years, they decided it was time to follow their children's example and move to Santaquin and absolutely loved it.
Jeff was employed by Nebo School District for 30 years and had been Maintenance Supervisor for the past 11 years.

He was surrounded by lifelong friends and was continually making new friends everywhere he went.  He has an infectious smile and everyone that he came in contact with knew that he genuinely cared about them.
Jeff loved anything to do with the outdoors, he loved gardening and took great pride in his yard.  He looked forward to his annual spring shed hunts with his family. His most memorable hunt was his desert bighorn sheep hunt when he was surrounded by family and friends.

He loved camping, fishing, boating, and especially loved going to Lake Powell every year with his family.
Jeff was a firefighter for Payson and Santaquin for a total of 21 years. He loved helping anyone in need and being able to serve our beautiful city of Santaquin.

Thank you for your service Jeff, you will truly be missed!

Jeff Carter Family


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