Mackie (Mac) Pete Carpenter

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Mackie (Mac) Pete Carpenter, age 74, of Natalia, Texas, passed away peacefully in his home outside of San Antonio, on November 24, 2021.

Mac was born in Winn Parish on February 17, 1947 to Beatrice and Austin Carpenter. He attended Calvin High School and was an outstanding athlete and active in school clubs.

He retired as a Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force after 22 years of service and a veteran of the Vietnam War. Mac grew up in Calvin, LA and his life led him to many adventures and stories far from the woods and Dugdemona Swamp of Calvin, LA that he loved. He was stationed in Japan, where he met, fell in love, and married Kazuko Komaki Carpenter, to whom he was married for four decades until her passing in 2011. His daughters, Michelle and LaDonna, were born in Japan, and together, the family immigrated to Wichita Falls, TX in 1974. His sons Jeffery and Justin were later born in Louisiana and Texas, respectively.

After his service, Mac called San Antonio home, where worked for the US Postal Service for 15 years. He would dress up as Santa Claus each Christmas to deliver the mail. The popular Calvin High School alumnus later became the owner of a club named Pennies for eight years in San Antonio. Pennies became an outlet for Mac to organize small fundraisers, help those in need, and socialize with veterans and the community and to watch the Dallas Cowboys and San Antonio Spurs games. Every year, Pennies provided free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for hundreds of people who didn’t have a place to go, an invitational gesture he had extended to young airmen who weren’t able to go home to see their families during the holidays.

Another hallmark of Mac’s character was his openness to different cultures. Having been stationed in Japan, Thailand, Greece, and Turkey, his advanced palate appreciated all kinds of food from all over the world. Mac ate everything and he became a skilled home cook, learning to cook his favorite dishes. His ribs and beans have taken the top prizes in local BBQ cook-offs.

Mac also enjoyed dressing well. He collected custom cowboy hats, boots, pearl snap shirts, and large belt buckles. His sense of style was representative of his natural charm, smile, and sharp humor to those to whom he was closest. Mac married Celita (CJ) Jennings and had many wonderful years together. She was at his side at the time of his passing. He is survived by his wife, his brother Wayne Carpenter of Jonesboro, LA, four children, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. The family has organized a military committal ceremony at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio on January 3, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, his family has requested any donations be made to the Heart of Louisiana Humane Society to support rescue dogs. At the time of his passing, Mac had opened his home to four rescue dogs that one way or another found their way to his front porch.

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