John A. Carlson(1947 - 2014)

April 7, 1947- April 19, 2014

Jack Carlson, age 67, passed away peacefully on April 19, at his home in Vacaville, after a courageous fight with liver cancer. Jack was born to Arthur and Jean Carlson in San Francisco, on April 7, 1947. He was raised in El Cerrito, and later settled in Vacaville.

Jack is survived by his mother, Jean (Vacaville); wife of 33 years, Marilyn; three children, Jeffrey of Merced, Kevin (Stephanie) of Merced, Katie of Hayward; one very special grandson, CJ; his brother, Jimmy of Vacaville; many special nieces and nephews, and an abundance of friends. Jack was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Carlson.

He was a proud Vietnam Veteran serving in the US Air Force from 1966-1970. He loved his country and was known to burst into the song "I'm Proud to be an American". After his discharge from the military he entered into a long career in law enforcement, retiring from the California Department of Corrections after 33 years, then working part-time with the Solano Sheriff's Department. Jack had a strong sense of right and wrong and was highly respected by those who worked with him.

Jack loved his family above all else. He was extremely proud of his children and wife, and was always sharing stories of their activities. He was a lover of the Green Bay Packers and anything baseball and very seldom did you see him without a baseball hat on. He loved working in his yard and spending time with family and friends, who were treated like family. When asked if he had any bucket list items he wanted to do, he said "no", all he wanted was to spend time at home with his family. He went on to say "I have no regrets, I have great memories of a life well lived..".

The Carlson family would like to say thank you to the Kaiser Hospice staff for their wonderful, compassionate care and to all our family and friends for their love and support during this difficult time.

Services will be held at the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd., Dixon, on April 28, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made in memory of Jack, to the Remember a Vet for Wreaths Across America Project at P.O. Box 773 Winters, CA 95694.

Funeral Arrangements by Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home, 707-446-3233 www.vacahillschapel.com.

Funeral Home

Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home - Vacaville
524 Elmira Road  Vacaville, CA 95687
707-446-3233

Published in The Reporter on Apr. 26, 2014