James E. Carlton Colonel (USAF Ret.) James E. Carlton passed away July 29, 2013. He was born May 24, 1934 in Blaine, WA. He graduated from Olympia High School in the class of 1953. He attended Central Washington University and graduated with a degree in Economics and a commission in the US Air Force. Jim spent 24 years in the military as a pilot. He flew B-47's, B-52's and OV-10's. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and was the recipient of many military honors including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Meritorious Service Medal. After receiving an MBA from Central Michigan University, he became the Wright-Patterson AFB Comptroller. He retired in 1981 and moved to Ketchikan, Alaska where he was very active in the community serving on the City Council and later, the Borough Mayor. He also took an active role in VFW, American Legion, Moose, Eagles, Lions, Rotary and Sons of Norway. He moved to Shelton in 1997 where he continued to be active with numerous service organizations including Lions and Rotary. He was a member of St David's Episcopal Church and belonged to military organizations including Daedalians and the River Rats. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. His greatest joys were his family and many friends. He is survived by his wife Carolyn, his three children Janice, Thomas and Daniel and eight grandchildren, sister Darla Castagno, sister Karen Meyer and brother William Carlton and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at St. David's Episcopal Church, Shelton, 324 West Cedar on August 9, 2013 at 1 pm with a reception following from 2 - 4 pm at the Civic Center, 525 Cota. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. David's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund.
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Published in The Olympian on Aug. 4, 2013