James T. Carlson, age 79, of Cambridge died July 29, 2013 at the Haven House in Cambridge. A memorial gathering will be held from 4 – 6 P.M. with a time of sharing at 6 P.M. on Thursday, August 1st at our Isanti Chapel. Video
James Thomas Carlson “Jimmy” was born in Robbinsdale, MN to parents Victor & Mary Carlson, as the sixth out of ten children. Jim married Betty Jean (Maki) on February 16, 1957 at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, MN. They lived in Northeast Minneapolis until 1971 when they moved the family to Spectacle Lake in Cambridge, MN and from there lived in many places around the Isanti area and raised their ten children. Jim worked for Griswold Manufacturing, Cambridge Metal and Plastics, Jim retired from North Branch Manufacturing in July of 2002.
Jim enjoyed cribbage, fishing, hunting, bird watching, working in the pits at Princeton speedway, golfing, and working on tractors and drinking beer with his friend, Roger. He was an avid snowmobiler and was a longtime member and president of the Mystic Riders snowmobile club.
A special thanks to the staff at the Haven House for taking wonderful care of Jim during his stay there.
Jim passed away on July 29, 2013 at the age of 79 at the Haven House Assisted Living home in Cambridge, MN. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, daughter, Lori, granddaughter, Emilia, parents, Victor and Mary, brothers, Clifford “Bud”, Victor “Junior”, David, Pat and sister, Betty Sue.
Jim is survived by his children, Debra (Duane) Nerlien, Diana (Dave) Grabenbauer, James (Beth) Carlson, Jodie (Don) Whitehead, Robert (Dana) Carlson, Denise Larson, Janice Carlson, Randall Carlson and Ronald Carlson, fifteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, sisters, Mary Lou (Bob) Bowman, Florine Sangrene, brothers, Richard Carlson, Stephen (Sharon) Carlson and many nieces, nephews and friends.