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Msg. (R) Donald F. Carlson

Memorial for Msg. (R) Donald F. Carlson

Born in The Bronx, NY on Aug. 1, 1947
Died on Jun. 26, 2016 and resided in Newton, NJ.
Visitation: Friday, Jul. 1, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm
- 9:00 pm
Service: Friday, Jul. 1, 2016
7:30 pm
Cemetery: Northern NJ Veterans Memorial Cemetery
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Master Sergeant Retired Donald F. Carlson, 68, of Newton, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Morristown Medical Center after battling cancer.

Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, Don was drafted into the United States Army in November 1966. Trained as a combat engineer, Don served for one tour of duty in South Vietnam and was promoted to Specialist 5th Class in demolitions. His next move was to Ft. Hood, Texas, where he spent the last six months of his time in Army. While serving in the Army, Don was the recipient of the Purple Heart Medal.

Don then worked in various jobs in the private sector for several years, married on March 27, 1971, and moved to Newton in May of 1973. He later joined the New Jersey Army National Guard, serving in the 5th Battalion of the 102nd Armored Division in Dover. After two years, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant then with more training and years, he progressed to the rank of First Sergeant of B Troop 5th/117th Calvary in West Orange. During 911 Don was sent to Newark International Airport to be in charge of one of the Security shifts of the three terminals for eight months then onto the bridges and tunnels of New York for two weeks, followed by Salem Hope, New Jersey, Nuclear Power Plant for five months. Master Sergeant Donald F. Carlson was retired on May 5, 2005, after serving for 30 years in the United States Army & National Guard.

While serving in the National Guard, Don also worked in heating and air conditioning at Picatinny Arsenal for ten years. Both Don and his wife, Anne, had been active in the Town of Newton for forty years. They were Newton High School Band parents for sixteen years. A life member of V.F.W. Memorial Post 5360 in Newton, Mr. Carlson was also a Master Mason in Harmony Lodge #8 F&AM in Andover Township, a member of the American Legion in Andover Township, a member of the Purple Heart Organization, and a member of the NRA.

The son of the late Francis and Marion (nee Kane) Carlson, Don is survived by his wife of 45 years, Anne (nee Gibbons) Carlson; two sons, Donald Carlson and wife, Jean, and Sean Carlson; his daughter, Erin Carlson; his brother, Richard Carlson and wife, Ellen; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Edna Chase and Tom and Lynn Gibbons; and many other loving family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2016, at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton. Visitation will be held Friday, July 1, 2016, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 75 North Church Road, Sparta.

Memorial donations may be made to the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery (NNJVMC), PO Box 82, Sparta, NJ 07871. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.

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