GEORGIA, Vt. - Scott Mathew Carlson, age 55, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 11, 2013.
Scott was born to Clifford and Jean Carlson on Oct. 8, 1957, in New Britain, Conn., and grew up in Glastonbury. He graduated from Glastonbury High School in 1976. Scott loved to tell stories of his childhood; time spent at his grandparents' home, licking the beaters after his grandmother baked cookies, ski trips before skiing was mainstream and other adventures with his father and Uncle Bob, afternoons spent rock-hounding while his mother waited in the car, riding dirt bikes, working on old engines with his friends and assembling Heath Kits over Christmas vacations.
Scott married Karen Carlson (Cabane) from Collinsville, Conn., in May 1984. Together, they realized the dream of moving to Vermont; they bought a house in Moretown in 1986, and it became their home in 1989. A cabin set in the woods, it was Scott's piece of paradise.
Scott reveled in being outdoors, enjoying many hours spin-fishing and hunting. The preservation of and access to Vermont's woodlands and rivers were a passion of Scott's. He maintained memberships to Trout Unlimited and Hunters, Anglers and Trappers of Vermont. Scott meticulously restored a 1978 Yamaha ISDT Enduro bike. Scott spent many summer mornings soaking in Vermont's beauty as he rode on hidden Vermont roads, an activity that brought him joy and added to the stories that he shared with family and friends.
Scott was an accomplished master technician, who specialized as an alarm technician. He was proud to hold many licenses and certifications, including that of TQP. Scott's career spanned 35 years, starting in Connecticut at Rollins Protective Services and then for many years at AA Electronic Security Engineering. In Vermont, he worked for New England Security, Green Mountain Systems, SunRay Fire and Security, Simplex and Life Safety Systems. He was currently employed by Norris Inc., the company he planned to stay with until retirement.
In March 2010, Scott married his best friend and soul mate, Narda Carlson (McKeen). The last three years were spent happily together, creating a home, taking long walks, exploring museums and antique shops, playing cards with friends, giving Brian a hard time, and holding hands every step of the way.
While Scott was not blessed with children of his own, he took delight in being a part of his nephews' and nieces' lives. He bore the name "Uncle Scoot" with pride. Scott embraced the role of stepfather wholeheartedly at the age of 52. He loved Jeremy, Patrick and Brian and was honored when they would ask for his advice or assistance. He was proud beyond words of Brian.
Scott is survived by his wife, Narda Carlson; his stepsons, C. Jeremy LaClair and his fiancée, Dana Thomas, of Underhill, Patrick LaClair, of South Burlington, and Brian LaClair; his sister, Donna McGrath, of Worcester, Mass.; his brother, Richard Carlson, and wife Ani, of Waltham, Mass.; and his former wife, Karen Carlson, of Moretown. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Gloria McKeen, of Essex; his favorite uncle, Robert Chapman; several nephews and nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by his parents, Clifford and Jean Carlson.
A celebration of Scott's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Essex Center United Methodist Church, 119 Center Road, Essex Junction, Vt. There will be no visiting hours.
Scott felt deeply that it was our duty to conserve natural resources and protect the environment. In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring his memory by turning off lights when you leave a room and making a donation in his name to The Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 103 S. Main St., 10 South, Waterbury, VT 05671-0501. The family invites you to share your memories and online condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com