Fred L. Carter, a chef employed by Sodexo at Northern Arizona University Dining Services for the past 21 years, died Jan. 9, 2010. After a long bout with cancer, he died in his home surrounded by his wife and family. He was 70.

Mr. Carter was born Feb. 10, 1939, in Beaumont, Texas. He made Flagstaff his home in 1954. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a loving grandfather. Along with pleasing the palates of college students daily, Mr. Carter enjoyed cooking at home, especially for holiday gatherings.

“Fred was a rare treasure, both as an employee and as a person,” said Laurie Dwyer, Human Resources manager at Sodexo. “He was as charming as he was funny, and our memories are filled with wonderful times spent with Freddie. His absence will be felt by all of us whose lives he touched for a long time to come.”

Mr. Carter is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carmen Carter; his sons, Freddie Jr. (Nisa) Carter of Madison, Wis., Alfred Maynard, Donald Maynard and Frederick Maynard (Cindy); his brother, Frank Maynard of Flagstaff; and five stepchildren, Mickey Sandoval, Toni Bobadilla, Linda Garcia, Libby Loudon and Ruben Lozano.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Margaret Maynard.

A viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lozano’s Mortuary, 2545 N. Fourth St., in Flagstaff. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Harvest Fellowship, 2290 E. Route 66, in Flagstaff.

Condolences may be sent to the family at condolences@Lozanos-FlagstaffMortuary.com.