Tarkington community mourning loss of 19-year-old killed in Colorado car crash

Seth Carleton, 19, of Tarkington, was killed Sunday in a car crash in Colorado.

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com

A car crash Sunday in Colorado claimed the life of Seth Carleton, the 19-year-old son of Jason and Crystal Porter of Tarkington, and Derik and Mandy Carleton of Amarillo.

Carleton was working as a welder’s helper at a job in Colorado when he and a friend were involved in a car crash. Carleton died on impact while the other young man survived.

Carleton’s brother, recording artist Shayne Porter of Tarkington, says the family is now working to bring him back to Texas for burial.

Seth Carleton (right) was killed Sunday in a car crash in Colorado. He is pictured with his brother, Shayne Porter, and mom, Crystal Porter.

“Half of my family is in Colorado right now. Seth’s trailer and truck were there so they are working to bring Seth’s remains and everything back to Texas,” Porter said. “It’s crazy to think this is real. You never think something like this will happen until you get that call and everything changes.”

Carleton was the youngest son of the seven children in the Porter home. A natural clown, he was comfortable being the center of attention, Porter said.

“He was very much a jokester. We were a lot alike, but I need a guitar to bring a crowd. He could just open his mouth and people liked him. He had more friends than people I know,” Porter said. “Seth had new friends every time I saw him.”

Porter said he is saddened that he will not get to see his brother fulfill the potential of his life.

“I definitely wondered what he was going to end up doing. He worked a lot of jobs but he had a very good work ethic,” he said. “I know he’s in a better place now but we will miss him.”

The family has set up a Go Fund Me account to help with transportation and funeral expenses. Anyone who wishes to donate should go online to https://www.gofundme.com/seth-carleton

Seth Carleton, 19, of Tarkington, was killed Sunday in a car crash in Colorado.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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