Paul Wayne Carlson

December 27, 1932August 22, 2018

Paul Wayne Carlson, 85, of Ventura, passed away on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, followed by a sudden illness. He was born on December 27, 1932, in Des Moise, Iowa, to Sigfred Theodore Carlson and Margaret (Riedesel) Carlson. Paul had been a resident of Ventura County for just two years, moving from Burbank.

Paul enjoyed his career as a cartoonist for 60 years with Walt Disney, retiring in 2016. He absolutely loved drawing cartoons and watching baseball. Paul attended the Burbank Church of Christ.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Rachel Carlson, of Ventura; grandchildren, Lunnden, Shauna, Trennan and Logan Carlson, all of Ventura; great grandson, Roel Carlson Gutierrez, of Ventura; and sister and brother-in-law, Marcia and Dean Nims, of Des Moines, IA. A Celebration of Paul’s Life will take place on Thursday, August 30, 2018, 10:30 AM, at the Burbank Church of Christ, 3020 Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be sent to


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Dan McQuiddy

September 20, 2021

Jeff and family... Just saw this and wanted to join in to say what a wonderful person your Dad was. He was and is a joy to all who knew him. I remember how much he loved to tell the wide mouth frog joke... I'm sure it was because he could see it in his animator's mind. Loved him and look forward to seeing him in the glow of God's great light. May his memory keep warm in your heart!

zara m

July 5, 2021

When I was little in 2012 I met Paul at a Mcdonald’s, My father and I drove off the freeway to use the bathroom and there Paul was sitting with his buddies. I remember walking out of the bathroom and seeing him draw a mickey mouse for me on a Mcdonald’s napkin. He wrote the date, my name and a little message, recently I looked him up and saw he had passed. Paul was a Legend and a great man, I am honored to have met him. Sincerely Zara M

Susan Adamson Kirby

October 7, 2020

I just found out that Paul passed away. My condolences to Jeff and his family. I knew him from Burbank Church of Christ. Paul and my dad Daren were friends until my dad passed away very young from cancer. Paul stepped in and helped as best he could. He had a very big impact on my brother David, sister Nola and I. I remember the last time I saw him. I went to church at Burbank one Sunday evening 5 or 6 years ago and he came up to me and gave me a great big hug. We went to dinner and had a wonderful visit. I’ll always love him. His drawings hang framed in my study. Heaven gained a great man!

Paul Morris

February 10, 2020

I was a child when I knew Paul.
I too went to the Burbank Church of Christ from 1964ish to 1974 before moving to Norco.
I remember Paul painting a mural in one of the classrooms.

Priscilla martinez

December 16, 2019

I met Paul at home depot years ago. I was wearing a Mickey shirt at work and he comes up and asks me "do you like Mickey?" I said "yes but my daughter loves him even more" so he tolled me to go grab a paper and I did. He shared with me a bit of his career path and I was amazed. He said one thing he regrets is not ever taking a picture with Walt. Lovely man and he drew a picture for my daughter.

Tamara McKently

June 30, 2019

I knew Paul and his family my entire life. I have his cartoon drawings in my curio cabinet in my office, along with my dad's cherished belongings. Paul was my dad's best friend. My dad's name is Harry Weber. My family and the Carlson family went out to eat a meal together at least once a week. Paul always drew me a cartoon character on a napkin. I wasn't aware that he passed away until today. Besides my father, Paul was a perfect man in every way. RIP Paul, and enjoy Heaven. You were the best!

Joni Varner

February 3, 2019

Love and Miss you Paul..
Joni and Ellsworth

Jeanise Arrington

August 30, 2018

I'm so sorry for your loss Jeff. Your Dad had a wonderful way of making everyone feel special! He was a unique man and one i will never forget. Love and hugs to you and your family💗

Ray Skelton

August 28, 2018

A true friend and brother in Christ, endowed with a unique talent! He left this world a better place! We will miss him! --- Ray and Lois Skelton