Don Marvin Carlson

January 29, 1946March 27, 2018

Don Carlson was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Marvin Carlson and Viola Lilyard Carlson on January 29, 1946. He passed away on March 27, 2018 at the Methodist St. Catherine Hospital in Katy, TX.

Don graduated from the Central Webster High School, Burnside, IA and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, IA 1971. He joined Slife Carlson Veterinary Clinic in Princeton, MO where he practiced for 15 years. He enjoyed working on his farm with the cattle and crops. He made many life-long friends. After selling his veterinary clinic in 1985, Don joined the U.S.D.A. Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) where he was a Supervising Veterinarian. He was stationed in Scottsbluff/Gering, NE for five years. His second assignment was in Kearney, NE for the next ten years. In 2001, Dr. Carlson was promoted to the Federal FSIS office in Omaha, NE. The Federal FSIS headquarters was moved to Washington, DC in 2007, where he served as a Senior Veterinary Consultant for International Affairs. From 2001-2012, Dr. Carlson traveled throughout the world working with foreign governments on their food safety exporting standards.

Don married Marilyn Danielson on August 27, 1967. This marriage was blessed with two daughters: Dawn Michelle and Robin Sue. Don and Marilyn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August 2017. Don was very active in each of the churches where they lived. He served on administrative boards, SPRC, Finance and Missions. He joined Volunteers in Missions for the trip to Belize to help build a school. He was active in the Habitat for Humanity program. Whether it was fishing, hiking, running, biking or being with his family, you would find him outside enjoying nature.

During the last few years of Don’s life, his health issues kept him from participating in all the things he loved.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Viola Carlson, his sister, Linda Carlson Johnson, his grandparents, aunts and uncles. He is survived by his wife Marilyn; daughters Dr. Dawn Carlson-Scruggs and son-in-law Keith Scruggs of Richmond, TX; and Robin Sue Carlson of Casco, ME; grandchildren Morgan Carlson Cunningham of Biddeford ME and Tyler Santero of Gray, ME; great granddaughters, Hannah Grace and Audrey Lynn Cunningham of Biddeford, ME. He is also survived by his sister, Beverly Carlson Olofson and her husband Derrell.

A memorial service to celebrate Don’s life will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Sugar Land First United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, TX. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Don’s honor to the Sugar Land First United Methodist Church Mission Ministries.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, April 7, 2018


Don Marvin Carlson

have a memory or condolence to add?

John Lumb

June 21, 2018

Marilyn, Dawn, and Robin------I was speaking to Jim Avey tonight when he told me this very sad news. I will call my folks first thing in the morning. We all have such good memories of doing things together in Princeton. Peace and prayers for all. ----John "Johnny" Lumb

Billie Glenn

April 7, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was a wonderful man. I'm blessed to have known him and all of you! My most heartfelt condolences.

Jerry Godwin

April 4, 2018

Dear Marilyn & your extended family: Although many years have separated us and, over time, our paths have not crossed since our years at Lundgren Church, I remember you and your family with fondness, especially that you always contacted my mother on your shared birthday anniversary. You are in my prayers during this time of grief, knowing that you are surrounded by the loving support of your church family as well as your own family. As you know, it is a matter of our Christian faith to acknowledge that we are but a small part of life that is larger, more abundant and filled with peace and joy...what we know as eternal life. It is to that life that your beloved Don has been born. May he rest in peace and may choirs of angels greet his arrival as his Lord welcomes him home. Blessings, friend. Jerry Godwin

Densie Lickei

April 2, 2018

There are no words for the sadness I feel for all of you. I am honored and blessed to have known Don, he was a great man. Extending my deepest sympathies to you and the girls. May the soul of your husband and father be at peace with our Heavenly Father. God Bless. Denise

Lopez Family

March 29, 2018

My condolences to the family; may you all rely on God for guidance, support, understanding, and peace (2 Cor 1:3).