Warren Carter has a wonderful sense of humor, and if you spend time with him, you will find yourself laughing at his jokes. He believes that if you can't laugh, you're not going to make it in life. "Life is tense and stressful, and in the middle of it all, if you can laugh, that's terrific. It helps you not become so serious about yourself or what is going on in your life," he says.
Married to his high school sweetheart, Lenore, for 51 years in August, Warren treasures his family. Together they have three children – Doug, Ken, and Karen, and seven grandchildren - who they enjoy supporting and encouraging in all of their activities. "All of our kids and grandkids live here in Bakersfield. It's fun watching them grow up," he says. "They are a busy group."
A dedicated and loyal family man, Warren says his parents raised him "with the thought of serving God and your community, and my parents did that." He wants to be that kind of example for his family. "Husbands need to love their wives, and wives need to love their husbands, so the children can grow up in that kind of environment. Imagine the security the children have when they see their parents love each other," he says.
During his life he says he has been "board" to death, which is one quip he uses to describe his career of serving 20-plus years on three educational boards: McFarland School District Board, University of Laverne Board of Trustees, and CSUB Board of Trustees.
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As a family, the Carters have made getting an education a priority. He and Lenore graduated from the University of Laverne, and all three of his children graduated from college. Warren, with his son, Doug, is involved in Kern County Student Leadership, an organization that works with 16 different high schools and their students.
He also chaired the 28th annual Bakersfield Prayer Breakfast held in January where 1,000 people had a chance to pray together. "It's a chance to pray for our city and pray for our leaders," he says.
Growing up in McFarland, Warren raised livestock to show in the county fairs. He even had a grand champion hog in the Great Western Expo in Los Angeles. "It was a good quality of life - busy working, raising livestock, and of course, when the kids came along they were involved in farm activities too."
In 1982, the family bought Watson Realty, and in 2004 Warren and Lenore moved to Bakersfield. Currently his son, Ken, owns and operates Watson Touchstone Realty. Warren works with his oldest son Doug. They have a couple of real estate companies on the coast and operate a farm in Victorville.
2 lg. cans pork and beans
½ C brown sugar
½ C molasses
1 Tbs mustard
1 Tbs vinegar
½ C chopped onion
1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
4 strips bacon
Combine all ingredients. Pour into well greased baking dish. Place strips of bacon on top. Cover and bake at 325º for 3 hours. Serves 16.
Recipe by Marlene Kom