David L. Carlson
1931 - 2016
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David L. Carlson 1931—2016
David Lesher Carlson, much loved husband, father and grandfather passed away October 23, 2016, in Tempe, AZ, surrounded by his family. David was born in Rockford, IL., November 12, 1931, to Harry F. and Elizabeth Carlson. He was a 1948 graduate of West High School and a 1955 graduate of Drake University. He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955 in Germany. David became a rabid fan of the Drake Relays and made the trip to Des Moines, Iowa for 50 years. Although a lifelong Cubs fan, he was sorely disappointed in the baseball strike. He came back to full fan status and was aware of the Cubs going to the World Series before passing. He was active in Rockford prior to moving to Arizona. He served as an alderman and was the co-chairman for the building community at Faith Lutheran Church. He was the Vice President, Treasurer and Broker of Carlson Realty Company, Rockford. He continued his real estate career in Arizona where he was a mediator for the Superior Court and JP Courts of Maricopa County and the Real Estate Dispute Resolutions System. He served as the chair for several programs relating to real estate and ended his career as a Realtor Emeritus. Preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Carolyn Weyburg. Survived by wife, Phyllis; children, Rebecca (Kelly) Reagan, Ann-Elizabeth (Burton Johnson) Carlson of Kirkland, IL, Dwight Carlson of Lake Balboa, CA, Louis (Teresa) Carlson of La Crescenta, CA, Elizabeth Wood of Phoenix, AZ and Brad (Maria) Wood of Valley Village, CA; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Kelland Reagan, Savannah and Blake Johnson, Louis Carlson, Jasmine and Sophie Carlson, Dane Echevarria, and Olivia and Vanessa Wood; brother-in-law, Howard Weyburg and his incredible children and their families; along with an amazing group of lifelong friends. As he gained grandchildren, he garnered an incredible amount of pride in each and every one of them. They gave him so much joy. The same can be said about his nieces and nephew and their children. The family would like to give a special thank you to St. Luke's Special Care Unit in Phoenix, AZ for all the loving care they provided and to Pastor Kosberg of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Tempe AZ for reminding us about faith and the love that God has for us. A special thank you as well to the staff at Sante of Chandler who saw to his comfort the last few months of his life.
Visitation will be on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 12, 2016, in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 3rd Avenue, Rockford. Burial will be at Scandinavian Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests creating memories for you and your family. Take a page from David's play book and start up your Weber grill, charcoal only, no gas. Grill a London broil to perfection. Serve with corn on the cob and a side of homegrown tomatoes. Make sure you have ice cold Leinies at the ready. Kick back, enjoy your family and friends. Tell tall stories. Plan a bike ride. Laugh and hug often. Repeat."

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Published in Rockford Register Star on Nov. 8, 2016.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
NOV
12
Visitation
10:00 - 10:45 AM
NOV
12
Burial
01:30 PM
Scandinavian Cemetery
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January 7, 2017
Ann

With sympathy
January 7, 2017
Mary,

You are in our thoughts,

With Love,

Karen
January 7, 2017
Dear Phyllis,

With sympathy for your loss.

Sue
November 10, 2016
Dear Phyllis,

Just a quick note to let you know that I'm thinking about you with much sorrow for this change in your life but also great gladness that you and David found such happiness together.

With love, Dottie
Dorothy Patton
November 8, 2016
DEAR PHYLLIS AND FAMILY TOGETHER WITH ALL OF DAVID'S FRIENDS, WE ARE SO SORRY TO BE UNABLE TO JOIN YOU ON
THE TWELTH, BUT , TRUE TO DAVE'S WISHES, WE WILL CRANK UP THE CHARCOAL GRILL AND COOK STEAKS , ETC. TO JOIN IN THE CELEBRATION OF HIS LONG LIFE .

OUR LOVE TO YOU ALL,

RUSS AND LAURIE WHARTON
ANNE AND DAN WHARTON
RUSS AND LAURIE WHARTON
October 27, 2016
To family and friends:

Please remember the good times you've shared with David and may God continue to bring comfort to you.

DJ
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