Dec. 12, 1964-Oct. 1, 2022
Submitted by Kimberly Carlson
On Saturday, October 1, 2022, David "Dave" Carlson, loving husband, father, son, and brother passed away. He was born on December 12, 1964 to Beverly and William Carlson in Downingtown, PA. He emigrated to California where he met and married Kimberly Thompson in 1999. Together they raised three wonderful children: Will, Zachary, and Rita.
Dave was known for his sense of humor and his love of playing games. Dave’s passions showed up in the variety of collections he had from Despicable Me’s Minions to magic tricks to collecting Magic the Gathering cards. Dave loved to be of service, specifically to BSA Scouts and Sierra Service Project. Dave was the Cubmaster of Pack 943 in Pleasanton for eight years as his sons progressed through their ranks. He also helped lead the Twin Valley District Pinewood Derby build day for many years. Finally, Dave loved to serve as a camp counselor and attend Sierra Service Project, https://www.sierraserviceproject.org/, for more than ten summers with his children to help “build faith and strengthen communities through service to others.”
Growing up, Dave spent many of his formative years in Hemlock, NY, where his family moved in 1972. It was there that his love of and dedication to Scouting began. Very active in the local Scout Troop, he participated in many winter campouts at Camp Samwood. Through various activities with the troop, he earned money for his first trip to Philmont. He enjoyed a now obsolete job--paperboy--for the Times-Union, Rochester, NY and then in Easton, MA The Boston Globe and the Brockton Enterprise where his family moved while Dave was in high school.
Dave graduated from Oliver Ames High School, Easton, MA and later attended the University of Evansville (Indiana). Part of his college experience included a semester in England. This began his interest in literature, art and especially history. It also was the beginning of his world travels, which he continued at various times with his family and in his working career.
Dave is survived by his wife, Kimberly; his children: Will, Zachary, and Rita; his parents, William and Beverly Carlson of North Easton, MA and two sisters, Jean Carlson of Chevy Chase, MD, her husband Michael Beriss and Marilyn (Missy) Burton, North Easton, MA and her husband Jeffrey Burton, and uncles, aunts, many cousins and nieces and nephews.