Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 19, 2020
(1928 - 2020)
CHARLES ERIC CARLSON
Of Darnestown, Maryland died on Sunday, March 15, 2020
at the memory care facility at Tranquility of Fredericktowne,
in Frederick, Maryland.
Mr. Carlson was the beloved husband of Mary Ann Carlson (2007), father of Lynn
Marie Crawford of Olney, Maryland, Laura Ann Harris of Adamstown, Maryland and
Eric David Carlson of Sherman Oaks, California. He is the grandfather of Justin E.
Harris, Trevor E. Harris, Matthew E. Harris, Spencer Miller-Carlson, Samantha
Miller-Carlson, Christopher Charles Bradford and Kenneth Lee Bradford. Mr. Carlson
is also survived by his five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Carlson was born January 2, 1928 in Birmingham Alabama to Eric Carlson and
Vernie Sommers. The family moved to Washington, DC during the height of the
Depression to be closer to work opportunities, and a steady income for the family. Mr.
Carlson grew up on Capitol Hill and attended Eastern High School (1946) where he
met the love of his life and future wife of 58 years, Mary Ann Pace.
After serving two years in the United States Army as part of the occupation forces of
Japan after World War II, Mr. Carlson returned to Washington, DC where he and his
wife Mary Ann raised three children in Northwest Washington while Mr. Carlson built a
successful home remolding business. Over the next 50 years Mr. Carlson worked as a
senior executive at Clark Construction (formally The George Hyman Construction
Company) and was the founder and CEO of the Carlson Construction Company from
1980 till 2005.
Mr. Carlson's passions where tending to his small farm in Germantown, remodeling
projects and traveling the world whenever possible. He had a true adventurer's heart,
was a devote member of Darnestown Presbyterian Church and remained a generous
spirt till the end of his life.
Mr. Carlson was compassionately and lovingly cared for by the angelic caregivers at
Tranquility of Fredericktowne, especially Linda. Mr. Carlson died as a result of
He was predeceased in death by his two sisters, Fay Boss and Barbara Holland.
Because of the ongoing Coronavirus situation, a small family burial service will be held
at Darnestown Presbyterian Church.
The family will announce a Remembrance Memorial Celebration for later in the year.
Please sign the family online guestbook at www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com