John Jay Carlson

Born: Sat., Jul. 24, 1954
Died: Sat., Mar. 30, 2019


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John Carlson died on March 30, 2019 in Pendleton.  He was born on July 24, 1954 to Marvin and Ruth (Hagen) Carlson in Portland, Oregon.  His family moved to Vallejo, California and then to Anaconda, Montana.  In 1967, they settled in Pendleton.

While in high school, John went to work for Don and Jean Webb at Webb’s Cold Storage.  He worked there until 1991, when he went to work at the mill in Pilot Rock.  In 2008, John left the mill and went to work for Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute in the powerhouse.  He joined AA with the Umatilla Confederated Tribes on May 2, 1991 and would have celebrated 28 years of sobriety on May 2.  John always said this was the best thing he did in his life.

He is survived by his father, Marvin Carlson; brother, Cliff Carlson of Boise; sisters, Susie Vincent of Denver, Kathy Gregory of Pendleton; children and their spouses, Mason and Corina Carlson of Pendleton, Carrie and Bryon Turk of Pendleton, Scott and Rianne Carlson of Weston, Toby and Kim Carlson of Pendleton, Neal Carlson of Las Vegas.  He was preceded in death by his mother Ruth and sister, Chris Creason.

Disposition was by cremation.  His ashes will be spread in the Blue Mountains.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Legacy Oregon Burn Center in care of Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, 131 SE Byers Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801.

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Karen Edmonds
   Posted Wed April 03, 2019
We are so sorry for the loss of your Father. Our prayers are with you and your family. Always here for you.
Steve and Karen Edmonds

Roger & Debbie Montee
   Posted Wed April 03, 2019
To family of John Carlson
So sorry for your loss.

John was one of the nicest guy’s I knew and a good friend.
May he R.I.P. in heaven and prayers to the Family

Dave Webb
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
Very sorry to hear about John prayers to the family

Don & Carol Moore
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Carrie Brooke, we are so sorry.
Love. The Moore’s

Bea & Larry Ledbetter
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Our sympathy goes out to all of John's family. He was a great guy. Especially proud of him for his personal challenge of sobriety; that accomplishment requires a very strong spirit God Bless, God Speed, John Carlson.

James Kirkham
   Posted Sun April 07, 2019
Very sorry for your loss. John was a pleasure to know.
The Kirkham Family

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