Carl George Carlson



Carl George Carlson was born Nov. 26, 1936 in Gardena, Calif. Carl passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at home with his loving family by his side after a long battle with cancer.

He attended Oregon State University, Corvallis, Class of 1958. He served two years with the U.S. Army where he worked at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama and Cape Canaveral, Fla. During that time, he worked on the space program and was acquainted with many of the early astronauts.

Carl spent most of his life in Oregon as a Forest Engineer with the U.S. Forest Service. He was working on the Klamath Forest when he retired after 32 years of service. He was a resident of Montague for 10 years, serving as mayor in the late 1970's. He has been a resident of Medford for the past 20 years.

He was a man who loved the outdoors, gardening, fishing and hunting. Being a person who loved other people, he also loved to travel, dance and bowl. Carl was dedicated to the organization of Masonry, being an active member of Scottish Rite (Medford), Warren Lodge (Jacksonville), Ashland Lodge, Howard Lodge (Past Master in Yreka), Rogue River Daylight Lodge (Past Master, Grants Pass) and Hillah Shrine in Medford. State offices in Oregon included Past Grand Commander of Knight's Templar, Past Grand High Priest Royal Arch Masons and Past Grand Illustrious Master Cryptic Masons. International offices were Principle Sojourner of General Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Trustee for General Grand Royal Arch Masons; Grand Lodge District Deputy of AF&AM, Oregon and and Grand Lodge District Supervisor of F&AM, California. He was also a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason. Carl also held numerous honorary degrees for his efforts for the Masonic Organization.

Carl is survived by his wife, Joan, of Medford; daughters, Gina Crane, of Yakima, Wash., Kim Piracci, of Eugene, Ore., Karla Carlson, of Sacramento, Calif., April Carlson, of Spokane, Wash., Lisa Ralston, of Newport News; step-sons, Michael Hawkins, of New Hampshire and David Hawkins, of Texas; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Sonya Hoffmann (Reno); and mother-in-law, Ruth Verlasky, of Chula Vista, Calif.

Carl will be greatly missed by his many friends and loved ones.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, July 25th at 2:00 p.m. in the Scottish Rite Hall, 955 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. Inurnment will be in Eagle Point National Cemetery. The family requests that offerings be made in lieu of flowers to Hillah Shrine Transportation, P.O. Box 1370, Medford, OR 97501 or the charity of your choice.