CDR George Robert Carlson
December 4, 1929 – March 18, 2018
George Robert Carlson was born on December 4, 1929 in Long Beach, California to Gladys Mary and George Raymer Carlson. George is survived by his younger brother Ronald. The family remained in Long Beach on San Francisco Avenue and George graduated Polytechnic High School in 1945. He attended Long Beach City College until he took private flying lessons, which prompted him to enlist in the U.S. Navy. By 1950, George was promoted to ensign and received his Navy pilot’s wings. Because of his diverse flying skills, he was selected to be the technical advisor for the training film for the T2 Photo Plane and Formation. George was a flight instructor and technical advisor in Pensacola, Florida. He was known as a “pilot’s pilot” throughout his career and served deployments in the Korean and Vietnam wars. While on active duty, George served on the following ships and stations: • U.S. Naval Air Station; Oakland, California • Naval Air Base Training Center; Pensacola, Florida • Naval Advanced Air Training Center; Corpus Christi, Texas • Patrol Squadron 931/57 • U.S.S. Hancock CVA-19 • Patrol Squadron 19 • Patrol Squadron 31 • Commander, Fleet Air; San Diego, California • Naval Postgraduate School; Monterey, California • U.S.S. Kitty Hawk CVA-63 • Fleet Computer Programming Center, Pacific; San Diego, California During active service in the Navy, Commander George Carlson was awarded: Air Medal; Korean Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. George retired in 1972 after 24 years of service. George married Virginia in 1950 in Coronado. Together they had eight children: David, Kathleen; Victoria; Michael (deceased); Julia (deceased); Patrick; Jim (deceased); and Laurie. Throughout his active duty career, Virginia was the sole parent at home throughout George’s many deployments. George and Virginia divorced in 1971. Upon retirement from the Navy, George began a new career in Real Estate at La Costa Land Company; where he met his second wife, Jane Vose Tuccio. George changed course and went to work as a consultant for Computer Sciences Corporation in Tehran, Iran. During five years in Iran, George worked for CSC building battle planning systems for the Iranian Navy. Jane joined him in Iran and they were married. They returned to the U.S. shortly after the Shah of Iran was deposed and U.S. citizens were advised to leave. George returned to selling commercial real estate specializing in apartment building sales; first at the R.J. Casale Company and then at John Burnham & Company. George built a successful career at Burnham and retired about 20 years ago. George and Jane lived at Coral Tree Plaza in San Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood for the last 25 years and attended the Immaculata Church at the University of San Diego. During retirement, George resumed flying P2V aircraft in a flying club at Miramar and in the last several years in Riverside. He also was an enthusiastic supporter and docent on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Museum. He was a loving husband for 45 years to his wife Jane, and her tireless advocate during her last nine years of debilitating illness. George is survived by five children from his first marriage to Virginia: his two sons, David and Patrick Carlson; three daughters, Kathleen (Matulich), Victoria (LaBarre), Laurie (Rodriguez); nine grand-children; his brother Ron Carlson (Jan) and family. He is also survived by his stepdaughter Karen (Weymann) from his second marriage to Jane. George was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Julia; two sons, Michael and Jim Carlson; and his second wife, Jane. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 26 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Merkley Mitchell Mortuary at 3655 Fifth Avenue, San Diego. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, March 27 at 11:00 a.m. at the Immaculata Church at the University of San Diego; 5998 Alcala Park in San Diego. Interment will follow on Tuesday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m. at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Contributions in lieu of flowers are appreciated and may be made to: • U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum or Midway Foundation On-line or by mail to 910 North Harbor Drive; San Diego CA 92101 • Immaculata Church, University of San Diego 5998 Alcala Park; San Diego, CA 619-574-5700 • Mission Hospice Home health 888-871-0766
- Visitation Monday, March 26, 2018
- Funeral Service Tuesday, March 27, 2018
- Committal Service Tuesday, March 27, 2018
CDR George Robert Carlson
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March 27, 2018
George & I knew of each other on Midway & corresponded via e-mail quite regularly in the past as well. I am one of the pioneer volunteers on the Midway & started up the restoration hangar at North Island for our aircraft back in 2001but do most of my volunteer activity from home now. George was highly regarded in the docent corps, very knowledgable & an effective story teller. From our messages back & forth he was obviously a principled guy, good family man & dedicated to his country. We definetly had some things in common, being retired Commanders, an association with aircraft and fellow volunteers who lost our spouses in the not too distant past. Please accept my condolences along with many others you are receiving.
Ron & Jan Carlson
March 27, 2018
George Carlson was born in Seaside/Memorial Hospital in Long Beach, California,eldest of two boys, George and Ron.. His father, George Raymer came from Iowa and his mother, Gladys Mary, was born in Canada. The two boys grew up in a small house on San Francisco Avenue which his parents purchased in 1937.
George graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1945. He had no idea what career he wanted so he joined the Naval Reserve at Los Alamitos and became a Station Keeper. He didn't enjoy the work and was able to get a discharge. He found out that this small bit of military service entitled him to a victory medal and the G.I. Bill. The Victory Medal had to be returned but he kept the G.I, Bill and enrolled in Long Beach City College. He dropped out after one year and took private flying lessons instead.
Shortly after he got his private license he rented a Piper Cub. That weekend the Seniors at Poly High were having their school picnic at Irvine Park so he and a buddy flew very low and covered the group in toilet paper, yelling and waving to their friends.They thought they'd had a real adventure. The next day there was a knock on the door. George's dad answered and there stood two FAA officers. The officers asked if he was a parent of George Carlson. His Dad said "What did that kid do now!" The FAA officers explained what had happened and the legal violations. One of the inspectors was wearing an Elks ring and so was his Dad. They felt a kinship so after a serious talk they decided he was from a good home and they would overlook this incident but made him promise he'd stay out of trouble in the future.
He reenlisted and shortly after that the Navy offered high school graduates a chance to go to Pensacola for flight training if they could pass all the tests. George passed them all. He graduated as an ensign at age 18. He wanted to be a fighter pilot but he was too tall so he was assigned to Multi-engine school and learned to fly P2Vs. He was assigned t
March 27, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear of George's passing. I had no idea he was ill. What happened.
As you may know, George and I had been friends since the 2nd grade. We grew up almost as brothers
I'm sorry, but we will not be able to attend the services. We have 2 doctor's appointments that we cannot cancel. Our hearts and thoughts will be there.
Richard Paul and Joyce White
March 27, 2018
It was the 1st. week in March 1949, and i had been in Pre-Flight in Pensacola,Fl for just 1 week, when into my room came what sounded like a big Buffollo----it was George. Our first Navy assignment was to go out and fight brush fires that were burning around our bases. After a couple of days, George and i smelled like Smithfield Hams. This started a wonderful personal and family relationship which lasted for 69 years. We always tried to out-score each other throughout our Basic Training, When we went to Advanced Traning at Corpus Christi, George went to PV2 PRIVATEER 4engs. and i went to PBM MARLIN 2eng sea planes. The reason we went Multi-engine is because we both wanted to have an airline career after retiring from the Navy. We both got our NAVY WINGS OF GOLD AND COMMISSINED as ENSIGNS IN AUG.1950 and George went to a P2V SQ. and I elected to go to a MATS SQ.at Hickham Field in Honolulu,HA flying R5Ds in support of the Korean War. The best part of flying was that George and I ran tnto each other many times during our Navy Careers. GOD BLESS YOU GEORGE DURING YOUR FINAL FLIGHT WEST......LOVE YOU, Marvin
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