Joel A. Carlson was born in San Francisco, Calif., April 6, 1935, to Joel Carlson of Everett and Lydia Mae (Neubauer) Carlson of Seattle. He passed on to be with his Lord March 21, 2014, at home in Tucson, Ariz. He is survived by his devoted and beloved wife, Susan. Joel and Susan were married on October 2, 1959, in Everett. His parents moved from San Francisco to Seattle during the Second World War where his father worked at Boeing in support of the war effort. His parents eventually bought and operated Carlson's Mart on Peck's Drive in Everett for many years. Joel attended Roosevelt Grade School in Everett and moved to Madison Grade School, where he was in the first sixth grade graduating class from that new school. Joel was active as a youth with his father and brothers in Scouting, worked as a camp counselor during the summers at Camp Sevenich, and attended the National Jamboree in 1953. After graduating from Everett High in 1953, he attended Western Washington College of Education in Bellingham. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a second Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1957. Joel then went into the active U.S. Army through a National Guard unit in Everett. Upon return from active duty, he worked as a substitute teacher in the Everett Schools. He taught at Evergreen Junior High School the first year it was opened and at Everett Junior College in the night school program. Joel then joined the Everett Community College staff in 1962 and taught math. The family was long time members of Faith Lutheran Church in Everett where Joel was active on the Church Council and served as President of the Congregation. Joel and Susan temporarily moved to Corvallis, Ore., where Joel completed his Masters of Science degree in General Science in 1961 at Oregon State University. In 1967 Joel accepted a position with the FBI. Upon completion of his training at Quantico, Va., Joel and his family moved to several communities including Phoenix, Denver, Cheyenne, Fairfax, Boston, Albuquerque, and Louisville. During the FBI career, Joel worked as an investigator, supervisor, agent in charge, and inspector. He retired from the FBI in November of 1988 and accepted a job in nuclear emergency response training with EG&G Corporation and as a contractor to the Department of Energy in Las Vegas and Albuquerque. In 1990 Joel moved to Albuquerque and took a position with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he worked in support of the Department of Energy in personnel and physical security. Joel and family were members of Faith Lutheran Church in Albuquerque for many years. In 1995 he accepted an appointment to Sandia National Laboratory and worked in training related to weapons of mass destruction response. He retired from the Laboratory in 2000. Joel was a member of several organizations where he held office to include Chairman of the New Mexico Chapter Association of Former Intelligence Officers (1991-1992); President, Southwest Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (1984-1985); President of the New Mexico Chapter American Society for Industrial Security; Adjunct Professor in Security Management at Webster University; Charter member of the Committee on Terrorism of the International Association of Chiefs of Police; President of the National Atomic Museum Fo undation Board; lecturer at the FBI Academy in Quantico; facilitator for a Weapons of Mass Destruction seminar for police executives sponsored by Michigan State University, and controller for disaster management exercises for Texas A&M. Joel was a lifetime Certified Protection Professional and a lifetime member emeritus of the National Atomic Museum Foundation Executive Board. He was awarded a Silver Beaver award for volunteer work with Scouting. He authored several publications on response to terrorist weapons of mass destruction incidents and was a member of the International Association of Police Chaplains. In 2000 Joel and Susan moved to Tucson, Ariz. They enjoyed the offerings of the SaddleBrooke community in north Tucson. Joel was committed to participating in the chaplaincy at Oro Valley Hospital from its inception in 2005 and for several years thereafter. He worked with the Golder Ranch Fire Department in organizing and fielding a chaplaincy for the emergency support of that agency. Joel was a dedicated father who loved his wife and family, his God, and his country. His beloved children are Dianna and husband Paul of Irving, Texas; Daniel and wife Jocelyn of Lakewood, Calif.; Karwynn and husband Karl of Aurora, Ill.; and Mary and husband Todd of Albuquerque, N.M.; and seven grandchildren. He also leaves brothers Paul Carlson and wife Judy of Bend, Ore., and Bruce Carlson and wife Nikki of Machias, Wash. Joel often recalled with pride his years in the FBI and in service to the United States. He was a devout Christian and was over the last several years a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oro Valley, Ariz., Fir Conway Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, Wash., and Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Stanwood, Wash. He served for many years as a volunteer chaplain for the Stanwood/Camano Island Fire and Police Departments and the Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon. He was also a volunteer for the Island County and Snohomish County Sheriff's Offices. He also was a lifelong Rotarian and received the Paul Harris Award on several occasions. He will be missed but will be ever present in the wonderful memories of the lives he touched. God rest his soul. The Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, August 1, 2014, at 1:00p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church of Stanwood. Condolences may be offered at www. vistosofuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from July 27 to July 29, 2014