Reed Allen Carlson passed away peacefully in his home Saturday evening, February 21, 2015 with his wife and children by his side. He had struggled with a lifetime of neurological difficulties and finally succumbed to brain injuries from multiple strokes.
Reed was born to Allen and Belva Carlson in Los Angeles, California on April 2,1952. He grew up in the El Segundo area and graduated from El Segundo High School in 1970. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Denver, Colorado in 1972. In 1981 he graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. He married his best friend Angela Jones on June 2, 1982 in the LDS temple in Salt Lake City. He began his career as a Library Technician in 1983 at Dugway Proving Ground in their Technical Library. He retired in 2005 after 22 years of service.
Reed was well known for his deep appreciation of art in its many forms. He found great joy and comfort in music, film and literature. He also expressed his deepest thoughts and emotions on canvas with pastels and acrylics. Reed touched the lives of many friends, family members, coworkers and colleagues who always described their relationship with him as a sincere pleasure. Reed will be remembered for his unique sense of humor. Throughout the many pains and trials of his life, he always seemed to find the strength to lighten the mood with a joke, even if it was only to be sarcastic.
The challenges and circumstances of Reed's life gave him a special gift for understanding spiritual matters. As an exemplary member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he delighted in studying and pondering the scriptures, as well as many other religious texts. Through his constant searching he developed a profound and personal relationship with his Heavenly Father, which continually strengthened him.
Reed is preceded in death by his infant son Brian Earnest Carlson, October 30,1983; and by his mother Belva Scott Carlson, November 13, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Angela Jones Carlson; two children, Heather Carlson and Thomas Carlson; father Allen Carlson; two sisters, Janeen Carlson Myers and Kristie Carlson Morton; one uncle, Gary Carlson and several nieces and nephews. The Carlson family would like to express special thanks to Barbara Herrera and Cherylynn Miller and all staff of Pine Mountain Home Health and Hospice.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 27th at 11:00 a.m. at Redwood Memorial. 6500 S. Redwood Road. There will be a visitation from 9:00 to 10:45 prior to services. Interment will be at West Jordan City Cemetery. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.