Gearhart Funeral Home


David Edward Carlstrom

28 noviembre , 19363 junio , 2021

David Edward Carlstrom, loving husband, dad, grandfather, and professor, age 84, of Blaine, Minnesota passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, June 3, 2021, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

David was born November 28, 1936. He has now joined his parents, Edward and Evelyn, and brother, Robert, in Heaven.

David's Legacy will Live On through his loving wife of 62 years, Joann Hazel Carlstrom; his children, Kasey (Rob) Pierson, Mark (Joanne) Carlstrom, Deanne Thul; 7 grandchildren, Daniel (Jacie), Mitch, Marissa, Brady, Nicholas, Kyle and Nicole.

David moved to Davenport, Iowa in fall of 1941 so his father Edward could find work. He graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL in 1959 and started graduate school at the University of Iowa. He completed his Masters Degree and accepted his first teaching position at Mankato State University in Minnesota as an instructor of Chemistry. After three years, he accepted a position at Luther College in Decorah, IA. After two years, won an NSF Fellowship to return to the University of Iowa to complete his PhD degree. When his major professor accepted a new position at the University of MN, the lab was moved to Minneapolis. David's PhD degree was completed in 1972.

He completed a three year post-doctorial in Wood Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN. He joined the faculty at Concordia in St Paul, MN, in 1978, teaching all Chemistry courses offered. After 19 years, David retired from teaching.

David was a lifelong Lutheran, as is his wife, Joann. He served on the Board of Directors of Crestview Senior Community from 1990-2020, for 30 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting all his life, as well as bowling, poker, and Concordia Band Trips. David was an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church for over 50 years. He was a member of the Senior Choir for over 25 years, and was often a soloist at weddings and funerals.

Join us to Celebrate David's Life on Saturday, June 12th with visitation from 10:30 - 11:00 am, and service at 11:00 am, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 2848 County Rd H2, Mounds View, MN 55112. A luncheon will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Messiah Lutheran, Concordia St Paul, and Crestview Senior Community. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared below for the Carlstrom family.


  • Visitation

    sábado, 12 junio , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    sábado, 12 junio , 2021


David Edward Carlstrom


Bob Hoffman

17 junio , 2021

Dr. Dave. How I loved Dr. Carlstrom and the way he taught, laughed, and travelled with Richard Norris and the rest of us band members! I was fortunate enough to get to know him first through band, then Chemistry, and then I last saw him at Homecoming in 2004.
I thank God for blessing my life with a man who was a joy to be around and who made me want to learn more. I look forward to seeing him again in the resurrection!

Sara Sandstrom

16 junio , 2021

Oh, I was sad to read about Dr. Carlstrom's death in the CSP alumni newsletter. I had to take so many science credits to graduate and took chemistry ONLY because Dr. Carlstrom taught the class. I was in the CSP band from 1993-1996. Being on tour with Dr. Carlstrom and Prof Norris was fun. I wish I had a better word for it, but fun seems to be the best word. During the 1995-96 school year I was one of the tour coordinators. When Prof. Norris died we all were hurting so much yet Dr. Carlstrom still came with us on tour. I know he was missing his friend but he came to support the students and I will be forever grateful to him for that.
A wonderful man has left this earth and I am so glad I got to know him only if it was for a few years. He was a excellent teacher, even for someone who had pretty much zero interest in the field he taught (I became a history teacher).
Thinking of him and remembering the fun and conversations on band tours (he was always counting the money) makes me smile!
Sara Sandstrom

Connie McCollam Shumate

9 junio , 2021

Aunt Jo and Family,
We’re grateful for all the fun family holidays, vacations and the times at Grandpa /Grandmas cabin. There maybe many miles between us.....but Your very close in our hearts. We are never ready to say goodbye forever, even though we know it is a part of life. This day our hearts are heavy for losing someone so special, but as we mourn Uncle Dave’s death, we also celebrate His life. Today, because of God’s promises, I know where Uncle Dave is! So, until we meet again....Rest in peace.

Jack Surridge

8 junio , 2021

I’ve known David for 43 years as a colleague in the Math and Science Department at Concordia, churchman, bridge and poker player, accomplished fisherman from Lake Miltona in Alexandra to Eagle Lake in Ontario. He was the ‘buyer ‘ for these extravaganzas and also the competent bookkeeper at the end of the outing. I recall netting two big fish that he caught in Canada ...a 30+” walleye picture below and his first legal musky after a thirty minute tussle. He gave his famous shout of “Waka, Waka” ...never any “dead air” when Dr. Dave was in the boat.