Leonard Wade Carlson

October 8, 1930November 6, 2018

Leonard Wade Carlson was born in Boulder on October 8, 1930 to Minta and Gustoff Carlson. He was called home November 6, 2018 he was 88 years young. He was a brother to Charlotte, Fran and Elaine. Wade, as he wanted to be called by family married Joan Loyd on July 21, 1953 losing her to cancer in 2011.

Wade served in the Navy from 1951 to 1953 aboard the Battleship USS Iowa as Yeoman Third Class. He was a very proud veteran.

He was a father to Kevin and Jon, grandfather to Brittni, Jessica, Ryan, Justin, Breanna, Dillon and great grandfather to Wyatt and Cooper calling Cooper LD for little dude.

Wade worked for Rocky Mountain Motor Tariff Bureau for many years up until his retirement. He served on the St. Vrain Valley School Board for 16 years. He was mayor of Dacono for 9 years. Politics were his passion and would gladly have a debate with anyone that would take him on. Wade loved to talk!! There was no such thing as a yes or no question as he would have a 5 minute answer for you.

The last couple of years he loved going for rides in the old brown truck going to get the mail at Jessica’s or just napping in the truck parked in the grocery store parking lot. His last outing coming home of Jessica’s he asked to be taken to the “tractor store” because he had been craving licorice.

Wade loved his family dearly especially his sister Elaine. He would dial her up several times a day wanting to know if she had any news on anybody or anything. We think he just enjoyed hearing her voice.

What stood out the most was his love for the Lord. Wade read his bible every single day and would always bow his head and pray before every single meal. Well, sometimes he would take a couple of bites first!

We are all at peace knowing Wade had a wonderful life and has been called home to Heaven probably sitting on a board for the Lord!!

He is survived by his loving family, sons, Kevin (Lisa) Carlson and Jon Carlson; six grandchildren, Brittni (Dusty) Wilts, Jessica (Drew) Fletcher, Ryan (Randy) Carlson-Menagetti, Justin Carlson, Breanna Carlson, and Dillon Carlson; two great grandchildren, Wyatt Wilts and Cooper Wilts; and a sister, Elaine Meacham. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan D. Carlson, and sisters, Charlotte Wheeler and Fran Gaulke.

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  • Ryan Carlson-Menegatti
  • Randy Menegatti
  • Dusty Wilts
  • Drew Fletcher
  • Justin Carlson
  • Brad Boyles
  • Jack Boyles
  • Carl Howell

Leonard Wade Carlson

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William A Jordan

December 13, 2018

Never knew his first name but knew Wade when he was mayor of Dacono. We used to have some spirited debates but always friendly. God Bless all of Wades family and friends and God Bless Wade.

Lisa Carlson

November 14, 2018

So glad we got to spend the last few years with him We know how much he loved it out here in Mead and was so appreciative every single day. He's already left a void in the house for sure.
Knowing he was ready spiritually is such a blessing and comfort. Happy trails grandpa!!

Brenda Crawford

November 9, 2018

As I reflect back on my uncle I have really good memories of him. I was lucky enough to have him live in back of us for years before moving to Erie. We had a gate between us so it was easy to go visit. He always welcoming. We ride horses together and he taught me how to carry the flag so I didn’t scare my horse. But the memory that sticks the most is the love of his kids. I remember going to basketball games and he would whistle for Kevin saying let’s go “Farfel “. He had a name for everyone. Mine was Brendy. So glad to know I will see you again, so until then......job well done. Love Always. Brendy