Donald E. Carlson


Don Carlson, 87, of Billings passed away on May 16, 2019.

Don was born Oct. 13, 1931, the 8th son of Albert and Sevia Carlson in Cloquet, Minnesota. He grew up on the farm in Mahtowa, MN and graduated from Barnum High School in 1950.

In July of 1956, he married Gail Nylander in Duluth, MN. Don’s working years were spent with Duluth-Superior Transit, Twin City Rapid Transit, Roley Feed Mill and he retired after 24 years with Greyhound. In retirement, he and his wife drove and directed tours in the U.S. and Canada with Toby Tours and later managed a senior citizen apartment complex in Laurel.

He held membership and served in many capacities in the Lutheran church all of his life. He loved to travel and had been in all 50 states, Canada, Central America, Europe, Israel, and several ocean cruises. The best trip was his 60th-anniversary cruise to Alaska with all his family.

Preceding Don in death were his parents and his 7 brothers.

Don is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gail, his 4 children, Deborah Goodell (Steve), Mark (Jody), David (Sandy) and Todd (Jodi), twelve grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and Gene.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Laurel Baptist Church.