Carl Elmer Carlson Obituary

Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2010

Carl Elmer Carlson "Elmer" of Douglas peacefully passed away in the Juneau Pioneer Home Oct.16, 2010. He was 97.

Elmer was born in Seattle to Carl Alfred Carlson and Hulda (Abrams) Carlson on July 3, 1913. Elmer first came to Alaska on May 8, 1933 with his brother Ed.

During World War II, he was stationed in the Pribilof Islands and in Dutch Harbor as a member of the famed Alaska Scouts. One of his assignments was running a dog sled team along the Iditarod Trail.

Throughout the years, Elmer worked as a miner for several mining companies in Southeast and as a logger, eventually forming Carlson Bros. Logging with his brother Ed. He also fished commercially and retired from the Alaska Marine Highway.

Elmer loved Southeast Alaska, especially Seymour Canal, fishing, hunting and singing along to Hank Williams and telling stories of the "old days" about Ed's and his adventures with the likes of Tiger Olson and Stan Price.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Margurite and brother Ed. He is survived by his sister in law Elli Carlson, niece Lisa Carlson, nephew John Carlson and his wife Heidi, great nieces Rachael and Nicole Carlson and Nicole's fiancee Brian Carandang, great great niece London and great great nephew Ryland, his good friends Charlie Ford and Kate Wolfe, Bob Young and his wife Orlinda Kittredge as well as many friends he met throughout his long life.

A gathering to celebrate Elmer's life will be announced at a later date. The address to contact the family is: John Carlson, PO Box 240366, Douglas, AK 99824, or 364-2467

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