(Senate - April 25, 2013)

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From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []

                         ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS



 Mr. JOHNSON of South Dakota. Madam President, I rise to honor 
a man who dedicated his life to his family and community, Douglas 
``Doug'' Carpenter. On April 17, 2013, Mr. Carpenter passed away in his 
Watertown, SD, home at the age of 87.
  Born in the small South Dakota town of Fedora, Mr. Carpenter was 
raised with his nine brothers and sisters. After graduating from Fedora 
High School, he enlisted with the U.S. Army and served as a bandsman 
for 2 years during World War II. Mr. Carpenter's musical aptitude was 
recognized on numerous occasions. He served over 20 years as first 
chair trombone and trombone soloist with the South Dakota Army National 
  Music became a focus of study for Mr. Carpenter. He graduated from 
Dakota Wesleyan University in 1950 and, later, received his masters of 
music from the University of South Dakota. After meeting his loving 
wife, Donna, he taught courses including band and singing in Geddes, 
Tripp, and eventually Watertown. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter 
raised a beautiful family and shared their love of music with students 
and the community.
  Mr. Carpenter was the director of the Watertown Municipal Band for 
more than 45 years, and was recognized for his musical achievements and 
outstanding dedication to his students. In 1975, he was elected Teacher 
of the Year. The same year he retired from teaching, 1987, the American 
Bandmasters Association honored him and, in 1992, the South Dakota 
Bandmasters Association inducted him into their Hall of Fame. The 
Watertown community acknowledged his expertise by granting him the 
privilege of serving as the adjudicator for many parades, marching 
contests, and music competitions.
  The countless contributions and selfless dedication of Mr. Carpenter 
will not be forgotten. I extend my deepest condolences to the Carpenter 
family; his children Barry Carpenter, Kay Prchal, Lee Ann McCallum, and 
David Carpenter; his nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, two 
sisters, and many nieces and nephews. South Dakota lost a truly 
talented and giving friend.