Einar (Swede) Theodore Carlson, beloved husband, father, Gramps, and friend, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014, at the age of 95 while at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 12, 1918, the son of Swedish Immigrants, Gus and Esther Carlson. In 1940, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Chemical Engineering. After graduation, he joined Freeport Sulphur as a Chemical Engineer. It was at this point that Einar's life got really interesting. First, he made the most important decision of his life...to marry his only true love, Virginia (Ginny) Hubble. Second, WW II had begun and instead of enlisting in the service, Einar performed a crucial role to support the war effort. Still newlyweds, he and Ginny moved to Nicaro, Cuba where Einar ran the Freeport Nickel Recovery Plant to provide nickel to manufacture armored vehicles, aircraft, and guns to support the war effort. After the war, Einar held several supervisory positions with Freeport until he was named Manager, Special Projects in 1960, Assistant to the Vice President in 1964, Operations Manager of the Freeport Chemical Company Division in 1966, and Vice President of the Freeport Research and Development Company Division in 1970. In 1972, he was named Vice President of Freeport Queensland Nickel in Townsland, Australia. After retiring from Freeport McMoRan in 1980, Einar spent the next several years as a Consultant for Freeport. His career sent him all over the world and many knew him as an outstanding engineer, a fine gentleman, and a mentor to many.
Besides his career as a Chemical Engineer, Einar loved hunting, fishing and golfing, and spending time with family and friends.
Einar will be dearly missed by his wife of 71 years, Virginia Hubble Carlson (Ginny), and by two sons, Ken Carlson of Gulf Shores, AL (wife Debbie Muse Carlson) and Jim Carlson of Louisa, VA (wife Suzanne Nelson Carlson) and one daughter Kitty Larkworthy of The Woodlands, TX (husband Lloyd Larkworthy). His seven grandchildren will sadly miss him: Lyle Larkworthy (wife Sharon), Jenny Buckley (husband Blake), Carrie Simpson (husband Matt), Stephen, Hannah, and Pete Carlson, and Adam Carlson. Einar was blessed with six great-grandchildren with whom he was well pleased: Andrew and Meredith Larkworthy, and Kayla, Zachary, Bingham and Sawyer Buckley.
The Carlson family would like to especially thank the wonderful caregivers who loved and cared for Einar for the last six years as if he was a member of their own family. We will never be able to express the appreciation we feel for the selfless care given by Diane Jackson who was his buddy for the last 4 years. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Elena Colon, Mary Nykapee, Georgie Ferguson, and Rose of Texas Hospice.
A memorial service and reception will be held to celebrate Einar's life at Trinity Episcopal Church on Friday, February 14, 2014, at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 3901 S. Panther Creek Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380, or to Interfaith of the Woodlands, 4242 Interfaith Way, The Woodlands, TX 77381.