Curtis E. Carlson

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Curtis E. Carlson Obituary
Curtis E. Carlson



On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, Dr. Curtis E. Carlson of Seattle went home to be with his Lord and Savior. At 71 years old he joined parents, Kenneth and Dorothy (Johnson) Carlson, and sister, Patricia Joanne (Carlson) Grams, in eternity. He was born March 30, 1942, in Rockford, Ill.

Curt was first and foremost a beloved father, grandfather, husband, uncle and friend. He is survived by wife, Dr. Dona M. Seely; daughter, Jennifer (Micah) Theckston and grandson, Jonah; daughter, Gina (James) Rowles; and son, Erik Carlson.

Dr. Carlson was a skillful & talented lifelong student of the dental sciences and committed to making a difference in his patients' lives. He was both a periodontist and orthodontist, and in his last days was visited by numerous patients whose lives he touched with his expertise, jovial chair-side manner and caring nature.

In 1969, Dr. Carlson received a D.D.S. from the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center. From there he served in the U.S. Navy as an intern at Oaknoll Naval Hospital and as a dental officer on the U.S.S. Samuel Gompers. He attended the University of Washington for a combined four years of periodontal and orthodontic graduate school, while also serving on the periodontal faculty teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Carlson maintained a full-time private practice in Bellevue for forty years.

As an NRA member and avid fresh & saltwater fisherman, he loved most of all to use light tackle to catch salmon and steelhead not only in Washington but often traveling to Alaska and British Columbia in pursuit of the next big fish. His gourmet tasting home smoked salmon was eagerly shared with family and friends.

Curt will be honored during a private memorial with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be shared with the City Church (

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Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2014
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