Carlson, Lawrence Wayne

November 17, 1952 – August 12, 2018
at the age of 65 years

CWO (Ret’d) Lawrence (Larry) Wayne Carlson CD, age 65, passed away peacefully on August 12, 2018 with his family by his side, after a very brief battle with cancer.  Left to mourn his passing are his wife of 45 years Rita (nee Hegadoren), his children Brent and Tamara (Rob), grandchildren Jordan, Jethro, Sativah, Shelby, Sierra and Logan, and great-grandchildren Brayden, Bentley and Fiona. Also left to mourn are his parents Ruben and Evelyn Carlson, sister Ruth (Pat) Herberholz, in-laws Renate Hegadoren, Glenda McNaught, Glenn (Rae) Hegadoren and Harry (Maureen) Hegadoren as well as numerous friends and extended family.
Larry was predeceased by his sister Anne Carlson, father in law Harley Hegadoren and grandson Liam.
Larry was born and raised in Victoria B.C. and joined the Canadian Armed Forces in September of 1970 right after Graduation.  He met the love of his life, Rita, while stationed in Kamloops B.C. and they were married in August 1973.  Larry started out as an Admin Clerk with Construction Engineering, being posted from one end of Canada to the other.  Larry was a very smart, ambitious man, which he put to work in everything he did.  He quickly climbed through the ranks of the Military, and retired at the age of 53 in his 36th year of service in 2006 in Winnipeg M.B. as the first AJAG (Prairie) CWO.
After retirement, Larry and Rita moved to Blind Bay B.C. where he very much enjoyed fishing, camping, puttering around his garage and yard, watching the Canucks and the Blue Jays and especially bowling.  Larry served as the President and Treasurer on the Club 55 Executive for many years and could always be counted on to lend a helping hand with some bowling pointers for anyone who wanted, or needed.  He was a large presence at the lanes and will be greatly missed.
We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Staff on the 4th floor of the Shuswap Lake General Hospital for the wonderful care that Larry received.
As per Larry’s request, no service will be held, but there will be a Celebration of Life in the near future.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. 


  1. Sincere Condolences to The Carlson Family. I remember helping Larry enter the CEP Trade after encourageing him to do so. Had few Parties at our House. RIP Larry and So sorry Rita and Family. Jerry and Hilda Howell.

  2. Sorry to hear. Many fond memories teaching an overly enthusiastic Larry to bar fish on the Frazer in his 1 CER days. RIP Sapper

  3. The Canadian Military Engineers extend to you and your family our deepest sympathies in your time of sorrow.

    Brigadier-General Steve M. Irwin, CD (Retired)
    Colonel Commandant of the Canadian Military Engineers

  4. Larry (Bro), you are terribly missed. 45 years in a loving marriage to my sister, Rita. Armed Forces life meant we didn’t live near each other for 30 plus years, but the last 10 years I really got to know you and could see how loving, caring and protective you were to my sister, Rita, niece and nephew and your wonderful grandchildren. To my sister, I am forever and always there for you. Hugs from Auntie G to Brent, Tamara, Rob, Shelby, Jethro, Sativa, Sierra, Logan and wee Fiona, one very special family. Rest in Peace Bro, you will always be remembered fondly.

  5. I first met CWO(Retired) Larry Carlson when he became the first AJAG (Prairie) CWO in the early 2000’s, and had the pleasure of working with him until his retirement in 2006. Larry was extremely patient in teaching lawyers how to work with Chiefs, and in developing the role and position in ways still apparent today. Beyond work, Larry was very devoted to his lovely wife, Rita, and to his children, and we had many conversations where his love and pride was very much on display. I truly enjoyed working with him, learning from him, and his company. My sincerest sympathies to Rita, Brent, Tamara and their families for your loss of an irreplaceable part of your family.

  6. I will miss my big brother….the gleam in his eye…his cheeky smirk… Much love sent to Rita, Brent and his family, Tamara and her family. Clearly, he loved you so! Hugs from Ruth and Pat

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