David G Carlson (1958 - 2018)

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David G. Carlson, age 60, passed away in Naknek on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 after suffering an allergic reaction to a medication. He was born on February 15, 1958 to Helen and Dorius Doyle Carlson in Anchorage.

The sixth of eight children, Dave grew up as a proud Alaskan. He and his siblings loved to test their cleverness and humor on each other in a lifelong string of pranks, including putting dirty socks on the faces of sleeping siblings and switching out root beer with soy sauce. Dave continued these friendly pranks with his children and students; he told his children he bought a "rabbit" which turned out to be a car, and once he snuck out of class with his students to watch a sleeping student wake up to the bell in panic.

Growing up in Alaska also meant Dave got to work in his family's commercial fishing business. He learned welding, engineering, and mechanics from his father by designing and building their own commercial fishing boats. Working in the family business became a rite of passage for Carlsons. Dave skippered his own boats each summer, hiring crews composed of friends and family. People loved working with "Uncle Dave." He was a patient teacher with high expectations, who made time for fun.

Music was another of Dave's passions. He easily picked up singing, saxophone, guitar, and music theory and played in prestigious bands at Brigham Young University (BYU). At BYU, he met and married Gayla Corbridge Carlson of American Falls, Idaho and they had four children. They spent 30 years together and lived in Utah, Alaska, and Idaho. Wherever they lived, Dave either joined or started a band. His children loved hearing him sing and play Ray Stevens songs on his 12-string guitar.

After Dave and Gayla's marriage ended, Dave married Anna Stewart Carlson in 2010 and they moved to Naknek. They enjoyed their life there together. Dave tendered in the summers and shared his mechanical skill and passion with students during the school year. Dave was a skilled and beloved teacher, musician, mechanic, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, and son. He will be remembered for his humor, music, wisdom, patience, and ingenuity.

Preceded in death by his father, Dorius Doyle Carlson, and brother, Dennis Doyle Carlson, David is survived by his loving wife Anna Carlson (Naknek), his mother Helen Carlson (Kenai,), his siblings: Laura Larson (Salt Lake City, Utah), Linda Dorene James (Blackfoot, Idaho), Dr. R. Lynn Carlson (Kenai), Carl F. Carlson (Hydaburg/Kenai), James W. (Bill) Carlson (Kasilof), Connie Carlson (Kenai), his children: Nathan Carlson (Pocatello, Idaho), Valerie Carlson (Pocatello, Idaho), Shaylynne Carlson Jones (American Falls, Idaho), and Amy Ashby (Sunset, Utah), and his grandchildren: Kaedon and Russell Jones (American Falls, Idaho).

A viewing for loved ones will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 14 at the LDS church building: 609 North Forest Drive, Kenai, AK 99611. Funeral services will follow at noon.
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Church Of Jesus Christ Of Lds
609 N Forest Dr
Kenai, AK 99611
(907) 283-9689
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on May 13, 2018