Mr. Dean Paul Carlson, 72 formerly of Fillmore County, passed away on Friday, August 5, 2022, at Sampson Regional Medical Center in Clinton, N.C.
The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, August 21, 2022, at the funeral home.
Dean was born in Rushford, Minn., to the late Rockwell and Elaine Carlson. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by a son, Matthew Dean Carlson; wife Jeanine Renfro Carlson, and a brother, Bruce Carlson.
Dean loved golf and sports, especially football. In Rushford he played football and basketball in high school. After high school he went to Rochester State Junior College and was named All-Region as a sophomore. He then transferred to Iowa State University to play football and played with them in the first bowl in program history in the 1971 Sun Bowl and in the 1972 Senior Bowl. He was selected in the 1972 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Dean was also a mortgage broker in the Kansas City area for many years. Although Dean loved sports, his proudest achievements were his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved his family and prided himself as an avid amateur weatherman. He lived his life loving big, and loving hard. He will be truly missed by his family and all who knew him.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his children Angela Rae Smith and husband James of Autryville, Chanel Joy Carlson of St. Paul, Minn., and Joshua Paul Carlson of Little Rock, Ark.; and six grandchildren: Maggie, Mason, Noah, Siri, Malia and Kaia.
Services entrusted to Butler Funeral Home, 6535 Clinton Road, Stedman, N.C. 28391.
Trish Casey says
Angela and Joshua – I’d prepared your Mom & Dad’s tax returns years ago, and have been preparing your Dad’s return since your Mom passed away. It was always a joy to talk with him on the phone after he moved to North Carolina, I looked forward to hearing from him every year. My deepest sympathies for your loss.
His play at Iowa State will never be forgotten.
TERRY L. BENSON says
My sincere condolences goes out to the family on Dean’s passing. He was a true Rushford native. I grew up in Rushford with Dean and his brother Bruce. He lived next door to the wonderful Woxland household on Stevens Avenue. Dean was a great athlete as we all know, but his best sport was Football. After my stint in U.S. Navy, I ended up in Rhode Island. When I found out that Dean was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1972 – I was excited that a HOMETOWN kid made it in the pros. When Kansas City came to play the New England Patriots in Foxboro , Mass – I went to that game with a friend. Although Dean did not play in that game – I was able to get the attention of a team mate. I told him my name and was a hometown friend of Dean and asked him to just have Dean come over and waive – for which HE DID. That made my day. To other Rushford residents – lets see more nice comments on Dean. We owe it to HIM.