Jeffrey Karlson

May 3, 1948July 28, 2018
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D. Jeffrey Karlson of Eastham Massachusetts, died on Saturday July 28th at age 70, from complications after receiving a lung transplant. His family is eternally grateful to the donor and to the family of the donor for their gift. As a young man Jeffrey was an avid skier and surfer. He lived in Colorado working as a ski instructor and bar tender. Jeffrey had moved back to Cape Cod where he spent his summers growing up, to practice real estate, when he met Trisha. Jeffrey and Trisha were married in 1981. Perhaps to the surprise of some, he quickly and easily embraced his role as husband and also as parent to Trisha’s three pre-teen children Alexandra, Jessica and Kevin. In 1983 Erik was born bringing yet more joy to their lives. Over the years, Jeffrey built over 100 homes in the lower and outer Cape. His work spanned a large range from starter homes to multi-million-dollar waterfront properties. Jeffrey was a person who lived very much in the present and was filled with love and happiness. He never spoke as if life would be better later or as if he was waiting for some point in the future to start enjoying himself. His only regret would have been leaving his loved ones too soon. Jeffrey was a wonderful and loving grandparent to the six children of Alexandra, Jessica and Kevin, and he was more excited than ever about the recent birth of Erik’s daughter Elliot born in August of 2017. He also loved his dogs Freedom and Liberty and enjoyed taking them for walks each day. Jeffrey practiced yoga at Orleans Yoga and was deeply committed to it. He and Trisha enjoyed travel, Costa Rica being one of his favorite destinations. Jeffrey was a very methodical person who found comfort in routines as well as hard work. He was passionate about his work in real estate and the homes he built. He was meticulous regarding the details of this work and while he may have driven some crazy, most who knew him came to understand and appreciate his unique, quirky and sweet nature and his incredible work ethic. As a member of Jeffrey’s immediate family, you knew you had no bigger fan. His pride in family was limitless and he never hesitated to express his wonder at your latest accomplishment. At family gatherings Jeffrey enjoyed learning what everyone was up to and making plans to go boating on Pleasant Bay. Jeffrey is survived by his wife of 37 years, Trisha Daly-Karlson and his children, Erik Karlson and his wife Jennifer Karlson, Alexandra Daly and her fiancé Michael Russo, Jessica Daly and her husband Sean O’Donnell, Kevin Daly and his wife Denise Daly., Grandchildren, Elliot Karlson, Nicholas and his wife Audrey and Christopher Prisco, Jake, Keegan and Galen Daly-O’Donnell, Danielle and husband Dominic Richard. Great Grandchildren, Adalind and Jordan Prisco, Jaxon and Kinsley Richard, Siblings, Butch Karlson and wife Barbara Oroza, Donna Karlson and husband Arthur Greif, Peter Karlson and wife Danielle deBenedictis and sister in law Jane King, wife of Jeffrey’s late brother, Michael Karlson. Jeffrey was pre-deceased by his parents, Andy and Wendy Karlson. Visiting hours will be Tuesday, August 7th from 4-7PM at Nickerson Funeral Home, Orleans, MA. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 24th at 11am at The Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, donations in D. Jeffrey Karlson’s memory can be sent to MGH Lung Transplant Program, 55 Fruit Street, WHT 517, Boston MA 02114, attn: Lynn Wilcott. For online condolences, please visit


  • Memorial Visitation Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, August 24, 2018

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Bill Person

August 15, 2018

Trisha: I heard from Scott Biathrow with the news of Jeff's passing. I am so sorry to hear he has gone! For a time when we were very young teenagers we were a trio like the three amigos and had tremendous fun together. I will always remember Jeff being a happy soul. But even more when he decided something was funny to laugh at he was totally committed to a full blown laugh. It was to the point of no sound because his body was convulsed and sound wasn't possible!! It was the kind of thing that emphasized how funny a situation really was because he was so engrossed in the humor, and the rest of us would laugh even harder!! I have a few other memories but those need to be shared at a later time!!
Of course as time goes on we all find our ways in different directions, but the memories will always be there.
I'm so sorry!!

Ray Dobson

August 14, 2018

Jeff will be missed by all; his family and so many friends on the Cape.
Over my long life I worked in a lot jobs - indeed careers, but never had such smarter, kinder bosses then when than working for Jeff and and Tricia at the Real Estate Co................
And never more laughs. Because of the ,Karlson's' outgoing, all encompassing personalities., My years in that office were like a combination of a big Irish family and tryout night at a Comedy Club. More laughs at our parties -- but we did list and sell a lot of properties for a lot of appreciative clients. Especially, the homes built by Jeff with style and perfection.

My family; Joanne warm interactions with Eric and his parents, Shaannon and Sean at Nauset with Ally and her sister .
Blessing and Love to all.
Ray and Joanne Dobson

Sibel Asantugrul

August 7, 2018

Dearest Tricia and Family:

It is most difficult to comprehend that Jeff is no longer with us so it makes me feel better to think that he still is, although in some mysterious way.

I met Jeff when he walked into my office one morning with a proposal to design a house for him and Trish. That was a little over 20 years ago. He was my first client. I have the honor to call both my friends and I will miss you Jeff very much.

Love to Trish and Family

Gail Meyers Lavin

August 5, 2018

Thinking of you all, and you especially, Tricia. It was a shock to read of Jeff’s death and to realize what you’ve been going through. His loss will be felt deeply and widely. I hope the many good times and memories will help sustain you during this difficult time.

Mary Carey

August 5, 2018

Tricia, I just read today of heart aches for you. I remember all the silly times from way back when...all the good times which I know you will hold dear to your heart. You have always been a strong independent woman and though Jeffrey was your wall to lean on, I know you will come through this because of your strength and wonderful memories.....much love to you and your whole family. Mary

Peggy Crampton

August 2, 2018

We have known each other for a very long time and I have such wonderful memories of our working side by side with our daughters, Ali and Sarah! All fun and sweet memories! Jeff was truly an extraordinary person, a loving husband, father, and grandfather and son! He will be missed by so many and remembered always!
Dear Love,
Peggy and Sarah

Mary McDermott

July 31, 2018

Dear Trish and Family,

I was shocked and greatly saddened to learn of Jeff's passing. It was always a pleasure to run into him at the Sparrow and have a chat. He found such joy in his family. He will be deeply missed.