John Edward Carlson

9/20/1930 – 2/1/2014

No one can be more proud of where he came from, the people he lived with, and loved, than John Edward Carlson from McGill, Nevada.  John was predeceased by father, Ned; mother, Marj; brother, Jim Joe and his children, Charlie and Cari.  Growing up in the small town of McGill, John enjoyed a childhood of fishing, baseball and scouting (Eagle Scout) and went on to attend West Point Academy, Class of 1952.  He fulfilled his obligation to the United States Army, served in Korea and went on to earn a Masters’ Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno.

John’s career with Sundt was an adventure, spanning over 40 years, projects that included the first Sundt/Saudi joint venture contract and the rebuilding of the US Embassy in Russia.

John never forgot his roots, and the friends from White Pine County High School and West Point.  Nicknamed “Sheepherder” at West Point, his love of Nevada was known by all.  He remained devoted to his beloved McGill by spending his summers there in his childhood home and enjoying the company of his extended family of aunts and cousins.  The party began when John arrived for the summer.  As Johnny said, “my dad was the true definition of they broke the mold after making him.  A tremendous man of principles and values that never waivered and people often spoke of this being his greatest asset.”

John, after retirement, remained an active participant in local and state civic organizations and boards.

Surviving him in addition to his wife, Kate, are Johnny (Lesha) Carlson, Cami (Eirik) Frimann-Dahl, his step children, Linden, Renie and Cody (Patsy) Ritchie; grandchildren, Kellie Anne, Ben and Gabbi Carlson, Mia and Max Frimann-Dahl, step-grandchildren, Hannah Ritchie, Mac and Jack Colwell, Julia and Kristin Ritchie, and Parker and Andrew McMurray.  He’s also survived by sister-in-law Renie (Joe) Cesare; sister-in-law, Ann Carlson; niece, Lisa Carlson; and former wife Norma Carlson.

Carlson1He continues his journey in the Long Gray Line.  Vaya Con Dios John!
Memorial Service, February 10, 2014 at 10.30 a.m. Christ Church United Methodist, Tucson, Arizona.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Christ Church United Methodist Food Bank.  To express condolences, visit the guestbook at

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  1. Dear Carlson Family, hello. We are so sorry for your loss. Hoping the condelences sent your way will be of some comfort to you. Please take good care!

    The faithful man Job said: “If an able-bodied man dies can he live again? . . . You will call, and I myself shall answer you. For the work of your hands you will have a yearning.” (Job 14:14, 15) This denotes God’s earnest longing and desire. (Genesis 31:30; Psalm 84:2) Clearly, God must keenly anticipate the resurrection.
    Can we really believe the resurrection promise? Yes, there is no doubt that God and his Son are both willing and able to fulfill it. What does this mean for you? You have the prospect of being reunited with dead loved ones right here on earth but under very different conditions!

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