Theodore 'Ted' R. Carlson

Theodore “Ted” R. Carlson

The Dalles, Oregon

August 19, 1924 - February 15, 2018

Ted passed away at the age of 93 in The Dalles, Ore., at The Springs Assisted Living facility. He was born the fifth of seven children to Hulda and Arthur Carlson in The Dalles. He attended schools in The Dalles and after graduation entered the Merchant Marines at the onset of World War II. He had many adventures and misadventures while in the Merchant Marines, somw that he shared in The Dalles Chronicle after a memorable trip to Washington DC with The Honor Flight.

His sister introduced Ted to her friend, Cleo Snyder-Laffoon, and they were married June 2, 1946, after his return home. They moved to the family ranch at Kent, Ore., where they lived until Cleo’s death on her birthday, Aug. 23, 2006. Ted and Cleo raised three children, watching them play sports, and participate in 4-H and FFA. After retirement, they traveled and spent many winters in Yuma, Ariz., golfing, swimming, and enjoying the sun and the camaraderie of new and old friends.

Ted was a member of Oregon Wheat Growers, Oregon Cattlemen’s, and the Masonic Temple. He loved fishing, hunting, rock hounding and spending time with family. Ted learned carpentry skills from his father, Art, as they built the family home, barn and a shop where more than 70 years of family deer and elk trophies hang.

Ted is survived by his three children and their spouses: Gary and Sheri Carlson, Byron and Betty Carlson, and Marnene and Craig Wood; grandchildren, Christopher, Jeremy (Coral), Sean, Darcy and Brad; great-grandchildren Halle, Josiah and Jules. He was preceded in death by his spouse of 59 years, parents and siblings, Art Jr., Don, Mildred, Jean, Jerry and Lois; and beloved grandson Cody Jack Childress.

Friends and family are invited for dessert and the sharing of memories about Ted on Saturday, March 10, from 2-4 p.m. at the Sherman County Senior Center in Moro.


lghatch 9 months, 1 week ago

Very sorry to learn of Ted's passing. He, like his Brothers were very soft spoken and always a pleasure to be around. I have found memories of hunting deer on the ranch many years ago sitting at the kitchen table early in the morning eating pancakes waiting for enough daylight to go hunting and the anticipation of the hunt. Ted is the last of a great Carlson family headed by "Mom and Papa" Carlson who lived and raised their children on Mill Creek Rd in The Dalles. As a Grandchild, I have many great memories over the years growing up on Mill Creek and interacting with the family. My Wife and I visited Ted at the living facility about four years ago. Every year he sent us a Christmas card. Ted will be missed and I'm sure my Wife greeted him upon his arrival to be with his Savior. Larry & Sue Hatch Olympia, WA


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