John Hardy Carlton

April 25, 1927March 10, 2018
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John H. Carlton, 90, of Burney, California, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Vistas Assisted Living in Redding, California. John was born in Singer, Louisiana on April 25,1927, to Dr. Arthur and Dulcina Carlton, as one of five children.

John graduated from Singer High School in 1945 and later joined the Army Air Corps the same year. John met and married Naomi in January of 1953 when he was working as an agent for the Apache Railroad in McNary, Arizona.

His career with the railroad took him and his family to Burney, California in 1955, where he worked for the McCloud River Railroad for 32 years. In 1967, John started cutting household size Christmas trees to supplement the family’s income, which turned into “Carlton Christmas Trees”. Carlton Christmas Trees is still operating today by his two sons along with other business ventures.

John is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Don and Webb Carlton. He is survived by his loving wife, Naomi Carlton, his daughter: Linda Randall of Fort Collins, CO; two sons: James and Leslie Carlton; grandchildren: Michele Petersen of Redding, CA; Jamie Lozoya, Anderson, CA; Alecia Carlton of Redding, CA; Tyler Carlton of Vacaville, CA; Derrick Carlton of Burney, CA; Ashley Carlton of Chico, CA; Maggie Carlton of Montgomery Creek, CA and great-grandsons: Jordan Petersen, Justus Petersen, Alex Lozoya, Boston Carlton, and Jackson Carlton.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at the Intermountain Baptist Church, 20410 Marquette Street, Burney, CA.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff and the caregivers at the Vistas Assisted Living for the loving care and support of John. We would also like to thank all those family friends and associates we have known through the years for your support. Any condolences and memories are gladly accepted at


  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 17, 2018

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Shauna Manina

March 16, 2018

I thought I had posted this yesterday, but I didn't see it, so I will try again.
What an incredibly wonderful man! I never met him in person, but came to know him well through many phone calls over many years. I would call to order a Christmas Tree for Merriment On Main in Vacaville, and we would end up talking about everything under the sun.
John shared many of his life experiences with me. He had a lot of old-fashioned values - things like inner strength, character, honesty and integrity. He also had a great deal of compassion and a wonderful sense of humor that often made me chuckle. He was firm as a rock , but also gentle in so many ways. He loved his family deeply and was so very proud of all of them. I regard him as a true gentleman with strength, wisdom, and a warm wonderful heart.
To the family - my deepest condolences on your loss. I know that there is nothing I can say to ease the sorrow you are feeling. I am sending prayers to all of you.
Please also know that nothing is ever truly lost, it simply changes form. He lives on in the hearts and minds of those who knew him and loved him. I know will always remember him, as will many others whose lives he touched. And I firmly believe that he is up there smiling down on all of you.

Melba Bosse

March 14, 2018

The pictures were great and brought back so many memories. I talked to J.H. the day before he died
and I mentioned we would all be together some day and he said Yes. Sorry I cannot be there but
know I will be thinking of you.