In Memory

Jeff Carlson

July 28, 1954 - February 4, 2015 Jeffrey Carlson lost his hard fought battle with cancer on February 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, surrounded by family and friends. Born in Buffalo, New York on July 28, 1954, Jeff was raised in Palo Alto, California, where he attended Palo Alto High. It was at San Diego State University, where he met and fell in love with his wife Nancy. After graduation, the couple married and moved to Los Angeles where they raised their two sons, Steven and Matthew. While Jeff navigated a successful career in children's clothing manufacturing, he will be more famously remembered as a devoted husband & father, an avid mountain biker, San Francisco Giants & 49ers fan, Grateful Dead / jam band fanatic, skier, outdoorsman, and all around handyman. He will be intensely missed. Jeff is survived by his wife Nancy, sons Steven and Mathew, parents, Rod and Carole Carlson, his brother Tom, sister-in-law Brenda, and their sons James and William, Jeff's sister, Sarah Carlson, her son, Josh, and husband Ras Bonitto.

 

July 28, 1954 - February 4, 2015

Jeffrey Carlson lost his hard fought battle with cancer on February 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Buffalo, New York on July 28, 1954, Jeff was raised in Palo Alto, California, where he attended Palo Alto High. It was at San Diego State University, where he met and fell in love with his wife Nancy. After graduation, the couple married and moved to Los Angeles where they raised their two sons, Steven and Matthew.
While Jeff navigated a successful career in children's clothing manufacturing, he will be more famously remembered as a devoted husband & father, an avid mountain biker, San Francisco Giants & 49ers fan, Grateful Dead / jam band fanatic, skier, outdoorsman, and all around handyman. He will be intensely missed.
Jeff is survived by his wife Nancy, sons Steven and Mathew, parents, Rod and Carole Carlson, his brother Tom, sister-in-law Brenda, and their sons James and William, Jeff's sister, Sarah Carlson, her son, Josh, and husband Ras Bonitto. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?pid=174094677#sthash.qFtujhfJ.dpuf

July 28, 1954 - February 4, 2015

Jeffrey Carlson lost his hard fought battle with cancer on February 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Buffalo, New York on July 28, 1954, Jeff was raised in Palo Alto, California, where he attended Palo Alto High. It was at San Diego State University, where he met and fell in love with his wife Nancy. After graduation, the couple married and moved to Los Angeles where they raised their two sons, Steven and Matthew.
While Jeff navigated a successful career in children's clothing manufacturing, he will be more famously remembered as a devoted husband & father, an avid mountain biker, San Francisco Giants & 49ers fan, Grateful Dead / jam band fanatic, skier, outdoorsman, and all around handyman. He will be intensely missed.
Jeff is survived by his wife Nancy, sons Steven and Mathew, parents, Rod and Carole Carlson, his brother Tom, sister-in-law Brenda, and their sons James and William, Jeff's sister, Sarah Carlson, her son, Josh, and husband Ras Bonitto. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?pid=174094677#sthash.qFtujhfJ.dpuf

July 28, 1954 - February 4, 2015

Jeffrey Carlson lost his hard fought battle with cancer on February 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Buffalo, New York on July 28, 1954, Jeff was raised in Palo Alto, California, where he attended Palo Alto High. It was at San Diego State University, where he met and fell in love with his wife Nancy. After graduation, the couple married and moved to Los Angeles where they raised their two sons, Steven and Matthew.
While Jeff navigated a successful career in children's clothing manufacturing, he will be more famously remembered as a devoted husband & father, an avid mountain biker, San Francisco Giants & 49ers fan, Grateful Dead / jam band fanatic, skier, outdoorsman, and all around handyman. He will be intensely missed.
Jeff is survived by his wife Nancy, sons Steven and Mathew, parents, Rod and Carole Carlson, his brother Tom, sister-in-law Brenda, and their sons James and William, Jeff's sister, Sarah Carlson, her son, Josh, and husband Ras Bonitto. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?pid=174094677#sthash.qFtujhfJ.dpuf



 
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02/07/15 12:50 PM #1    

Rose McCarty (Emanuel)

Jeff was one of the first people I got to know at Jordan. He was kind and sweet. I think we had Miss Gustafson's Spanish class together. What a hoot! Both TC and I loved being around Jeff. He never put on airs and was just an all around good guy. I'm sorry for his family's loss. Love and light!!


02/07/15 05:12 PM #2    

Robert Rice

Jeff was a member of the Garland Elementary group of kids, and a great classmate as we grew up. I'm sure I speak for all who knew him when I say, Jeff was a class act, soft spoken guy that was certainly a major part of our great childhood growing up in Palo Alto! Thanks for being our friend Jeff!

Our prayers are with the Carlson Family and all that he touched.


02/08/15 12:59 PM #3    

Daniel Lucas

The funeral is in LA noon wed. Ricky Farmer, Gerry Bliss, Mike Wiebenson & Dan Lucas will be going. 


02/08/15 01:34 PM #4    

Jon Yenney

Jeff was a friend back in high school whom I really liked - always a nice and cheerful guy. I remember skiing with him, his love of photography - I think I still have pictures he took and developed in his dark room of me skiing at tahoe and of a concert at Frost. I visited him at UCSD and went to his wedding at the Bell Air, but lost touch with him over the years. I hope he is in a better place and my condolences to his loved ones.


02/09/15 10:59 AM #5    

John Morrow

Rest In Peace Jeff - Condolences to your family

My earliest memory of Jeff goes back to our Jordan days - after school, we'd go over to his house, next to the school and wear out the vinyl on his Led Zeppelin One Album and especially "Good TImes Bad Times."  1969 was the year and we had some damn Good Times! He was a great guy, always wore a smile and I'm glad we had the chance to meet along the way. John


02/09/15 03:06 PM #6    

Edward Chan

Jeff was a total class act - always nice to everyone.

My condolence and prayer to the Carlson family during this difficult time. Miss you Jeff! 


02/10/15 04:02 AM #7    

Erica Gerard (Di Bona)

Jeff and I were part of the Garland crowd, and we always had an easy friendship, even though we weren't in all the same classes when we got to Jordan.  I think we both lived in Eichlers in the same part of town.  After I moved to Los Angeles, I learned that he was involved in the fashion world -- his wife owned a company that made high-end little girls' clothes.  I bought a lot of them -- and was able to tell him of the happy coincidence.  We talked about getting together, since we were both in L.A., but never did... that's now a regret I have, and a reminder that when I say, "Let's get together," I really need to follow up on it...because a friend from elementary school is a precious bond.  * I was very shattered to learn of Jeff's death.  For some reason, even though we hadn't talked in a long tine, he felt like a friend who would always be there -- since we went so far back together, it never occurred to me we wouldn't finish together.

Erica Gerard Di Bona


02/10/15 01:44 PM #8    

Ben Bacigalupi

Carlson always had a huge smile. From the first day I met Jeff at Jordan, through Paly's PE classes, & then again down in San Diego, he was always cheerful. 

 I had run into a large store, that had a pharmacy (Walmart?) near SDSU, and there was Jeff. He had his typical beaming smile, welcoming me with a huge hand shake. I think he introduced himself as the store manager, with white shirt and tie...but then we were in our early twenties! Talk about the world shrinking down! I was so glad to see Jeff, and that he actually recognized me was so huge to me! I am glad that I got to know Jeff, but then it is so sad to realize that he has passed on. 

I just want to say thank you, to all of you that have written, & that this site actually exists for us to use. And onnce more to the Carlson clan, God Speed.


02/10/15 08:51 PM #9    

Bill Strubbe

Jeff and his wife, Nancy

Here is a photo of Jeff with his wife. Have to say, that this class website is a great way to be able to share memories about each other...


02/11/15 01:13 AM #10    

Paul Freitag

Jeff was very out going had lots of friends,we took ceramic class in eleventh gradeHe was quite funny,great sence of humor.and always had A big smile .Wh I had known him better.

 


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