Peter Wallace Carlson (1939 - 2012)

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Peter Wallace Carlson born August 18, 1939 in Des Moines, Iowa died peacefully in his sleep on Labor Day, September 3, 2012 in Juneau, Alaska. His sisters say "he was a quiet man with many strengths and lots of love" and "was the kindest person I knew". Pete graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle and kept in touch with many good friends from his school days. After graduating from Central Washington University with a degree in Economics, Pete moved to Alaska in 1964. He resided in the cities of Anchorage, Dillingham, and Sitka and in 1967 made his permanent home in Juneau.
He worked in finance, construction, retail, and tourism over his career. Pete worked for the State of Alaska with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and the Division of Tourism. Pete retired from state service in 1997, taking a job as Director of Administration for the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau (JCVB) from 1997 to 1999. After leaving JCVB, Pete worked as an Administrator for Allen Marine. Pete rounded out his paid working career as a Tour Bus Driver/Guide for Princess Tours.
Pete was extremely generous with his time for organizations he supported. He served as a board member for the Gastineau Humane Society, as well as being a long time member and active volunteer for JCVB, member of the Alaska Committee and Friends of the Flags.
Pete was a self taught master woodworker with his long standing small business, JFA- Just Foolin' Around. He was always willing to lend his woodworking expertise and knowledge to a friend's project.
Pete was passionate about general aviation owning and flying a Cessna 172 for over 20 years. Pete readily transferred his master woodworking skills to aviation maintaining likely one of the "cleanest" general aviation aircraft in Alaska. Pete made numerous improvements to his plane, N5454T, with his impeccable workmanship, showing on all his improvements.
Pete gave back to the Alaska aviation community by serving as a board member for over 12 years on the Juneau International Airport Board of Directors. He also served as an airport volunteer for the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association and the Alaska Airmen's Association.
Pete's various professional and volunteer accomplishments were extraordinary. However, he is best remembered for his cheerful willingness to help a friend. Whether it be an airplane project, carpentry, or tedious home project Pete was always a willing and welcome participant with his expertise and knowledge. The only problem in having Pete involved in your project is that he commonly went from helper to chief; being a strong and persistent taskmaster leading to a much superior outcome.
Pete truly improved the lives of his many friends throughout Juneau and Alaska. He will be missed. He is survived by his two sisters, Julie Speer/Wisconsin and Mara Lynn Mercer/Illinois and cousins, nephews and nieces.
No services are planned but a Celebration of His Life Potluck will take place on Friday, Sept 21 at 5 pm at the Wings of Alaska Hanger, 8421 Livingston Way, Juneau.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Sept. 9, 2012
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