Albin "Al" Carlson (1948 - 2011)

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Longtime Juneau resident Albin (Al) Carlson died June 3, 2011 unexpectantly in Juneau, Alaska. He was 62. He was a Diabetic but otherwise strong as an ox.

He was born June 26, 1948 in Duluth, Minnesota. He married Susan (Guggisberg) Carlson on December 31, 1970 at the Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church in Oregon. They were happily married 40 years.

Al lived in Minnesota and North Dakota until 1960 then he moved to Ketchikan with his parents, brother and sister.

In 1962, they moved to Juneau, where his parents managed the Montgomery Ward Catalog store. Al helped out in the store delivering appliances to customers.

Al graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1967 with honors and then graduated from the University of Idaho. Throughout his school years he participated in all types of sports. He was a standout in track and field sports especially in shot-put and discus. He set records throughout school and was a pre-qualifier for the Olympics to compete with Olympian Al Oerter. A hip injury while throwing discus took him out of the sport. Al was also a standout in wrestling, football, basketball and anything he set his mind to.

Al then returned to Juneau with his new bride. He worked hard to build a house for his family and worked construction jobs to help his family out. He started teaching at Floyd Dryden in 1972 when it was a Junior High School as a math teacher. He then started teaching at Juneau-Douglas High School when 9th grade moved into the High School. He retired from teaching in 1999 but continued to substitute teach in the schools. He loved the interaction with the students and he loved to make a difference in their lives.

Al was also a coach for a variety of school sports and loved entertaining the students with his knowledge and stories. He then passed his experience to his children. It gave him much joy to see his children excel in their lives. Family was always the most important thing to him.

Al was a wonderful son, husband, dad and a very proud grandfather. Family, teaching, coaching, and helping others was his life.

"We are grateful to God he had far more tears of joy in his life than tears of sorrow," said his family. "He loved and was loved by all that knew him." He lived life to the fullest and did his best in all life's endeavors.

He was preceded in death by his Mother Cecelia Carlson, 2007; father Vernon Carlson, in 1981.

He is survived by his wife Susan Carlson and four children; Betty Nelson and her husband David of Hong Kong, Clint Carlson, Michelle Van Kirk and her husband Brian, Tina Martin and her husband Josh all of Juneau. Brother, Dennis Carlson and his wife, Venita, of California and sister, Karen Ann Carlson, of Arizona. Nephews, Don Carlson and his wife, Connie, and Vernon Carlson and his wife, Tamara, all of California. Six grandchildren: Theoren and Isla Nelson; Ethan, Hendrik and Clara Van Kirk; Isabelle Martin and numerous cousins.

A Celebration of Life service will be at 4pm Thursday, June 9, 2011 at Chapel by the Lake. There will be a reception in Smith Hall following the services. He will be laid to rest on a later date at Alaska Memorial Park, next to his Mother and Father.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the .
Published in The Juneau Empire from June 8 to June 15, 2011
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