Val Ray Carlson, 61, passed away Feb. 14, 2013, after a short battle with cancer at his home in McMinnville, Ore.
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At Val's request, no formal service will be held. Instead, a celebration of life open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, in 2041 Center St. in Salem, Ore.
Val was born Feb. 14, 1952, in Klamath Falls to Rudy and Sharon Carlson.
Growing up, Val played sports, including baseball with the Klamath Falls Falcons in 1969 and 1970 when they hosted the American Legion World Series.
Val was drafted by the Kansas City Royals, but instead chose to go to College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif., to play football. His dream was to play professionally. As a youngster, he won many kick, pass and punt contests.
Then he was drafted in the U.S. Army, where he served three years and was honorably discharged.
Val was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved coaching kids in sports whenever he could. He was a big sports fan and loved watching his New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Steelers, and NASCAR. He also loved working on golf courses, he helped build many courses throughout the U.S., and met many professionals.
Val finally settled in McMinnville with the love of his life Lois Pearson. They were married in Sweden.
He always had a kind heart for whomever he met. We will miss you, brother.
Val is survived by his beloved wife Lois; mother Sharon; sons Jeremy (Susan), Jason and Tyler; step-sons Lee and Herbert; step-daughter Jackie; 11 grandchildren; brothers Mike (Vicki), Rudy (Rose), Steve (Mary) and Aaron (Sabrina); sister Shari (Scott); aunt Sonja Downs; uncle Dean Carlson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
His father Rudy and grandparents Carl and Rosie Carlson preceded him in death.
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Published in Herald And News on Feb. 19, 2013