Auto accident claims Alva Carter Sr.

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer

Alva C. Carter Sr., 68, president of Eastern New Mexico University’s board of regents, was killed in an automobile accident early this morning in Roosevelt County.

State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said his department was called to the accident scene on N.M. 202 (Cacahuate Road), about five miles from N.M. 70 at 7:18 this morning.

Glascock said Carter was traveling east in a 2005 Dodge Magnum on N.M. 202 when, “for unknown reason his vehicle traveled off the south side of the road and struck a tree, which caused the vehicle to overturn.” The vehicle landed on its top, Glascock said.

Carter was pronounced dead at the scene, Glascock said.

Services are planned for Monday afternoon, tentatively at 2 p.m., in the ENMU Greyhound Arena.

“The Eastern New Mexico University community is saddened to learn of the sudden death of Mr. Alva Carter,” ENMU President Steven Gamble said. “Mr. Carter’s commitment to the university and his strong support of this community was well-known and he will be sorely missed. Our sympathy goes out to his wife, Mary Helen, and his entire family.”

Carter was appointed to the university Board of Regents in 2003.

Carter, who lived in Portales, was a native of San Jon, according to information posted on ENMU’s Web site.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from West Texas State University in 1962 and a master’s in business administration from ENMU in 1970.

He retired as assistant principal of the Portales school system in 1985. Since then he has been active in agriculture at both local and national levels.

A past president of the New Mexico Peanut Growers, he served on the National Peanut Board and the national corporate board of Dairy Farmers of America, as well as several other local and national dairy boards.

He is owner of Big Valley in Portales, Carter’s Milk Factory and AC Farms.

Services will be held Monday afternoon (tentatively set for 2 p.m.) in ENMU’s Greyhound Arena on the Portales campus, according to an ENMU press release.