February 6, 1947 – May 10, 2018
Victor G. Carlson 1947-2018
Victor G. Carlson was born on February 6, 1947 to Kenneth and Loraine Carlson in Salt Lake City, UT. He passed away May 10, 2018.
Victor wasn’t a rich man but he had a rich soul. He would go above and beyond to help anyone in need, only asking in return for you to "come for a visit". He was a very humble and honest man, touching the lives of many. He was a car enthusiast, a Chevy enthusiast to be honest. He loved Hot Rods. He lived, breathed and slept cars. He was never a fan of the new "Tin-y" or "Foreign" cars and Fords, that’s a whole other story. Victor was known as the "396 Kid" or “Doc” in his day. In the 60’s, he was well-known as an avid drag racer and often told stories of past races and how people from all over would come to "lose" to him.
Victor was a loving husband and great dad who provided adventure, fun, unconditional love and always an unexpected source of entertainment. You never knew what to expect next. He adored and spent countless hours with his grandchildren. He had special place in his heart for animals, especially his chicken, Floppy and his grand dog, Thomas. He was well liked in the neighborhood and his absence there will be felt.
In the summer months he could be found sitting on his patio "visiting" or in his large garden where he grew peas, corn, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers and even artichokes in abundance. He loved to spend time camping in the western deserts of Utah and speeding across the open terrain on an ATV with those he loved. He enjoyed taking trips to out Wendover to play the "big" slot machine, a monthly drive to Idaho to pick up a lotto ticket and taking long drives in his Corvette. Family, friends, cars and the need for speed... that was him.
Victor was an electrician by trade working for Young Electric, the City of Salt Lake and American Express throughout his career. His handiwork can also be found in homes throughout the Salt Lake Valley, quite possibly yours. He was also a very skilled mechanic and typically knew what was wrong with a vehicle just by listening to it run. On most days he could be found under the hood of a car tinkering, repairing or sharing his knowledge by teaching others how to repair their own. If you weren't taking proper care of your vehicle he would definitely let you know.
He will be dearly missed by his family and close friends and will live on forever through all of us. Thanks for all the great memories Vic!
Victor is survived by his wife, Vicki Carlson; children, Christy (Carlos) Lopez, Julie McCleave (Kendall), Kenneth (Branda) Carlson, Lacey (Zach) Romrell; grandchildren, Sara, Grace, Ryan, Jordyn, JT, Brayden, Skyler and Paislee; siblings Donny (Glenda) Carlson, Larry (Debbie) Carlson, Deon (Jim) Lindquist, David (Carol) Carlson. Proceeded in death by his parents.
"Cruise" on over to Vic’s house for a casual open house in the garden on Saturday, May 19th, 2018, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Come share your favorite memories with the family and enjoy lite refreshments.
May 14, 2018
I'll always remember Victor (he is known as Julie's dad, ha!) because I am nowhere in Texas, married to a husband who loves drag racing and cars...specifically a 1976 Mustang, and we're also good friends with a guy who reminds me of Victor! It was such an honor to have met him and he will be missed. What a guy, what a heart. I am glad he can rest from the pains of this world. I can imagine him riding while he continues to serve and protect his family (pets too!) as a perfect guardian angel! If I weren't so far away, I'd be there to celebrate with y'all! God bless you!
May 14, 2018
I had the pleasure of working with Vic at American Express for many years. He was a great friend and as genuine as anybody could be. Vic was always willing to help anybody in need and did not expect anything in return other than friendship. He always talked about his children and wanted them to be the best they could be. He definitely loved fast cars and racing. He would often tell us about his Camaro and the time he spent racing on State street. He was a true friend and will be missed by all.
Ich liebe dich my friend,
shirleen carlson maxfield maxfield
May 13, 2018
I remember when Victor was born and what a beautiful baby boy he was! He is my cousin and I love him! Whenever I saw him he would always come up and give me a big hug--I loved his hugs! Victor , you were always so sweet and you enjoyed everyone! I did not see you often enough but it was always a joy to be with you! I was so shocked when I saw your obit. in the paper. I will never forget you because of the way you acted when you would see me--a hug--a hug! What joy there must be in Heaven with your mom and dad waiting to greet you! I know they will get big hugs also!-----Donald or someone in the family please call me I cleaned out desk and I cannot find any of your phone numbers!------Love you much little cousin, please save a big hug for me!
May 12, 2018
What a ride it been
Luv ❤️ You