Donald Carl Carlson, age 86, passed away in the comfort of his home on Friday evening, February 1, 2019, surrounded by family.
Donald was born on September 21, 1932, in Stuart, Nebraska, to parents Carl Carlson and Tracy Turnovec. He was one of nine children. His family moved from Nebraska to Oregon in the 1940s, where he resided the remainder of his life.
Donald was a member of the Oregon Army National Guard from December 25, 1948 until December 19, 1958. He served in the 186th Infantry, Bravo Company, out of Cottage Grove Oregon. He was honorably discharged as an E-4 Specialist.
Donald was employed in the timber industry throughout Oregon. He ended his employment in 1994 with Sun Studs in Roseburg, Oregon.
Donald had many passions in life. He enjoyed the outdoors, working in his yard and hunting and fishing. He liked to tinker on vehicles and other things mechanical. He loved the older country music greats and owned and played several guitars throughout his life. He even played in a small band for a time. Not only could he play, he could sing a mean tune. He did not know how to read music, but he never forgot to bring the twinkle in his eye when he played.
Donald is survived by his wife, Dixie; daughters Tammy Beals (David) and Robin Rowland (Chris), and sons Rodney Carlson (Becky) and Doran Carlson (Janet), and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings.
As per Donalds request, no services will be held. Wishing you a safe journey home Papa!