Tuesday, September 14, from 5:00 pm and the vigil service at 7:00 pm in Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo.
Wednesday, September 15 from 1:30-2:30 P.M. in Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo.
There will be a prayer Service at 7:00p.m. Tuesday in Nativity Church, Fargo.
The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo.
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Don Carlson, aged 67 of Fargo, ND, passed away peacefully at Sanford Medical Center in south Fargo in the early hours of Saturday, September 11th, after a hard-fought bout with cancer.
Don was born on March 9, 1943, in Minneapolis, MN, and was the son of Boyden D. Carlson and Shirlee Ann Carlson.
Don graduated from Shanley High School and attended North Dakota State University. He played football for Shanley and NSDU, and was known for his exploits both on – and off – the field.
Don was very active in the Boy Scouts of America throughout his life, and was highly decorated at the local, regional, and national levels. He was an Eagle Scout, and his honors include the St. George Award (the national scouting religious medal), the Silver Beaver (the highest award given to adult leaders), and in 1959 Don was awarded the National Honor Medal for Saving a Life. Throughout his life, Don exemplified the twelve points of the scout law: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. Don was a great scoutmaster and was renowned for his tales around the campfire which could make even the bravest of scouts tread lightly and quietly back to their tents with the hair standing up on the backs of their necks.
Don also was known for playing the Native American Chief, Akela, for Arrow of Light ceremonies, in which he would appear in his full Native American regalia and inspire young scouts to continue the path to adulthood, reminding them that “the power lies within their hands.”
Don was a very generous man and took great joy in giving to others. As part of his scouting activities he set up a uniform exchange where parents could trade in uniforms as their children grew.
Don’s hobbies included rebuilding classic British sports cars, and he was a founding member of the local British Iron Society. He was recognized as the “2003 Enthusiast of the Year” for his ability to inspire others in the hobby.
Don also enjoyed spending time at the lake with his wife, family, and friends, where he recreated a Gaelic-style pub, the “Puckered Piper Pub,” at which people have gathered to share stories, laughter, and fellowship.
Don is survived by his wife, Carol; son, Brent (Rumi); daughter, Dana (Mark); grandson, Christian; and granddaughter, Caroline.