Donald E. Carlson, age 82, of Cambridge died February 17, 2015 at the Parmly House in Chisago City. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 20th at Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti with Rev. Clifton Hanson officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Friday at the church. Interment will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
Donald E. Carlson was born September 5, 1932 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Einar and Elaine (Pearson) Carlson. He graduated from Minnehaha Academy and then served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He returned to Minnesota and in 1957 married LuAnn Fleishchman at First Covenant Church in Minneapolis. Don continued his education at the University of Minnesota where he studied Animal Industry. Don built a home East of Cambridge where he also had farm land. After about 18 years of crop and dairy farming he bought a semi and started trucking. He was proud of his 2 million miles of trucking without a single accident. Don later worked for MNDOT as a Safety Officer until he retired.
Don enjoyed traveling with LuAnn on several Motor Car trips on the railroad over the years. They also enjoyed having foster children for six years. Don was a beekeeper and sold honey at the farmers market and also at local supermarkets. He enjoyed classical music and he and LuAnn were season ticket holders of the Minnesota Opera and the Minnesota Orchestra.
Don also loved St. Bernard’s and worked with rescue dogs. He was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti for many years. Don was a very diverse and interesting person who lived life to its fullest. He will be dearly missed.
Donald passed away February 17, 2015 at the Parmly House in Chisago City at the age of 82 years, 5 months and 12 days. He was preceded in death by his parents and by a very close cousin, Wallon Carlson.
Survivors include his loving wife, LuAnn; four children, Arnie Carlson, Cindy (Wayne) Rusch, Paul Carlson, and Rozanne (Patrick) Brazil; seven grandchildren, Joe and Jake Brazil, Toni and Trey Carlson, Wade (Ann) Carlson, Andria (Scott) Simonson, and Alicia Carlson; three great-grandchildren, Israel, Marshall and Harper; and other relatives and friends.