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SALLY JANE CARLSON Age 65, passed away on September 22, 2012, at her home in Missoula, Montana, following a long illness. Sally was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, on November 29, 1947, to Harold and Dorothy, (nee McMains) Carlson, and she lived in Potomac, Montana, for 20 years before moving to Missoula. Sally's overwhelming interests were always horses and dogs. Although she begged her parents for a pony, nothing happened. Finally, when Sally was eleven years old, and the family was living in Riverside, California, they bought a Beagle they named Snoopy, who lived to be 13 years old. When Sally was 16, she became involved with a local show and racing kennel of Siberian Huskies. She graduated in 1965 from Ramona High School. During the year between attending Riverside Junior College and the University of California at Riverside, she worked at a Siberian Husky kennel in Michigan, where she acquired her first Siberian. This was her breed of choice for most of her early dog career. In 1971 Sally graduated from UCR with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. In 1981 Sally bred her first litter of racing Siberians, and began running a small recreational team. She continued breeding, showing, and running dogs, both in Montana and, in 1983 and 1984, in upstate New York. In 1992, she switched to Alaskan Huskies, the cross-bred sled-dogs. She was very successful with her four-dog team for many years. Sally lived and worked in many areas of the Northwest including Idaho, Washington, and Montana, where she continued her dog activities. In Missoula, Sally worked for a Title company making title searches on property and doing legal research. Sally's black Alaskan Husky, Flynn, was the dog with which she did the most: obedience, sled-dog racing, tracking, Canine Musical Freestyle (also known as dancing with dogs), agility, search-and-rescue, water rescue, etc. After all the huskies had all passed on, Sally acquired a Canaan Dog, Libi, from a breeder in Israel. Libi was a great joy to Sally, and they were very close. Libi now lives with another Canaan Dog owner in Nevada. Throughout Sally's dog career, she was always learning new things about dog behavior, training, breeding, etc., and she tried to share what she knew with others who shared her passions. Many of her friends have praised Sally's encouragement and support for them and their dogs' accomplishments. Sally's father, Harold, known as "Swede", died in Hermosa Beach, California, in February, 1999, and her mother, "Dotty", died in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in October, 2009. Sally is survived by her brothers, Pete Carlson (Terri) of Blue Jay, California, and Bruce (Ashley), of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a nephew, William (Melissa), of Running Springs, California, and nieces, Whitney, currently studying for a law degree in Boulder, Colorado, and Aimee (Brian) and a grand-nephew, Andrew, of Thousand Oaks, California. While living in Potomac, Sally attended the Potomac Bible Church where she enjoyed serving in the children's Sunday school. A memorial service was held at the Potomac Bible Church on Friday, September 28, 2012 with Pastor Steve Fawcett officiating. Sally's cremains will be scattered at a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Potomac Bible Church, or to Habitat for Humanity of Missoula.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Sept. 29, 2012
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