Carl R. Brunson, 80, of Las Vegas, NV passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on February 22, 2021. Carl was born in Davenport, Iowa July 12, 1940 to Merrill & Mabel Brunson; he graduated Clinton High School class of 1959, and attended the University of Iowa before joining the Iowa State National Guard. In 1963 Carl married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie J. Charnoski; together they raised 3 children and enjoyed 57 amazing years together. Carl joined Franklin Life and moved his family to Las Vegas, NV in 1973. Soon after, Carl & Bonnie opened a Kwik Kopy which morphed over 30+ years into ProForma Prestige Graphics. Carl was a Rotarian and a Booster for the UNLV Athletic Department; he enjoyed supporting the UNLV Football, Basketball, and Golf teams; he coached his sons in Little League baseball, Legion Baseball, and Pop Warner Football; and, he enjoyed camping, playing golf, and spending time with his family - he was a true family man. In 2005 Carl and Bonnie traded their desks for an RV and traveled the USA; they fell in love with Stoneridge in Blanchard, Idaho, and it soon became their summer vacation destination. April 2017 Carl was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Initially given a prognosis of 3-6 months, Carl lived 4-years post-diagnosis balancing chemotherapy, surgeries, and appointments with travel, family, and fun. Carl wants his legacy to be education about how to fight and beat pancreatic cancer - with PMA (Positive Mental Attitude), a strong support system of family & friends, an innovative treatment team (thank you UCLA), and good nutrition. Carl was the ultimate Cancer Warrior!
Carl is survived by his wife, Bonnie; three children (Kevin Brunson of Redmond, WA; Kerry Brunson of Huntsville, AL; and Michelle Brunson Tieri of Viera, FL); five grandchildren (Jackie Brunson, Jordan Brunson, Carl John Brunson, Kiana Tieri, and Makana Tieri); and sister, Clodene Amsler of Granby, CO.
A celebration of life will be held on Carl's birthday, July 12, 2021 at Eagle Point Park in Clinton, Iowa from 1-4pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to an organization close to Carl's heart, the Pancreatic Action Network, PanCan, at secure.pancan.org
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Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Jul. 13, 2021.