Bart Jerome Carpenter, 60, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2022 from natural causes at his home in Nampa, Idaho. He was a big-hearted, caring man who loved to laugh and tease, tell jokes, study history, ride his motorcycle, and go thrifting. He collected all kinds of things, from arrowheads and white socks to Carhartt hats! He loved camping and the mountains and looked forward to one day having a cabin in the woods.
Bart was adopted when he was two weeks old by Donald and Iris Carpenter of New Plymouth, ID and moved to Boise with his parents and sister, Jan Carpenter, in 1969. He met Kim Panzeri and her daughter, Cassandra, in 1983 and they became a family. Their daughter, Toni, was born in 1987. Bart was blessed with three delightful grandsons and enjoyed spending time with all his family. In 2002, Bart was located by his birthmother, Shannon Uriona, and kept in touch with her until her death in 2016. Bart had a very special bond with his mother, Iris, and grew even closer to her after the death of his father, Don, in 2019.
After graduating from Capital High School in 1980, Bart joined the U.S. Army. He was a proud veteran who served in the Army and the Army National Guard from 1980 - 1989, achieving the rank of Sergeant E-5 and becoming an expert rifleman and recipient of many awards and honors. He was deeply interested in military history and enjoyed collecting guns and weaponry.
After his military service, Bart worked at Boise State University for eleven years as a building facilities specialist in the Student Union Building. He started working at the Veterans Administration in Boise, ID in 2002 in a pilot program to provide employment for veterans leaving rehab, repairing hundreds of wheelchairs across the campus. He was the groundskeeper of the beautiful VA campus for two years and then trained as a facility maintenance specialist, the position he held at the time of his death. He had a strong work ethic throughout his life and made many friends among his colleagues.
He had a wonderful life filled with love from family and friends and will be deeply missed by all who knew him, especially his daughters, Toni Belveal (John) and Cassandra Panzeri (Jeff Brewer), grandsons Blake and Weston Belveal, and Sebastian Brewer, sister, Jan Carpenter, and mother, Iris Carpenter. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Carpenter, infant granddaughter, Alexa Brewer, and birthmother, Shannon Uriona.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Free Wheelchair Mission/ldaho Believes or to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation in Bart’s honor.
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