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Elroy Jay Carlson Obituary
Elroy Jay Carlson

Elroy Jay Carlson of Seattle, WA passed away on March 27th, 2014 at his home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He died at the age of 62.

Elroy was born in Billings, Montana. He is the son of Ken and Esther Carlson of Snohomish.

Elroy attended the University of Washington and the University of Alberta, Canada and received degrees in journalism and Germanic languages.

After college he traveled through Europe by bike and later worked as a teacher in a German school.

His first job was as a radio announcer for Classical King FM in Seattle. He also worked at the newly built luxurious Alexis Hotel in Pioneer Square in Seattle.

He loved to travel and learn foreign languages. His twelve year career in the Foreign Service took his family to Kathmandu, Nepal, Skopje, Macedonia, and in Bonn, Germany.

When his family decided to return to Seattle he managed the German and Japanese publishing houses for Amazon.com and translated German/English documents as a consultant.

He most recently worked for the University of Washington administering research grants with a very close-knit team of colleagues.

Elroy loved music, Northern European culture, cooking, collecting baskets, repairing and building clocks, and traveling. Most weekends were spent taking long walks with his wife Jennifer and cooking a wonderful meal with ingredients from their garden. In summer he'd be seen digging dandelions from the lawn to feed to their chickens.

Elroy is survived by his wife Jennifer and daughter Amy and son Evan, his mother Esther Carlson, Uncle Ernie Carlson, brother Lonnie (Frances), sister Loretta Crum (Ken), brother Elmo (Jill), brother Philip (Pattie), brother Rodney (Roseanne), sister Phyllis Rossow (Tim), and many nephews and nieces.

He will always be remembered for his love of his family, his kindness, patience, fairness, and his famous borscht soup.

We want to thank Evergreen Hospice Services for their kindness and care for Elroy and his family.

A celebration of Elroy's life will be held for family and friends later this spring.

We will miss him!
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 6, 2014
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