Louis ‘Poppie’ Carlson Louis Andrew Carlson, 89, of Heppner, OR passed away from health complications on October 21, 2019 in Bend, OR. Louis was the youngest child to Leonard and Julia Carlson. He was born on February 6th, 1930 at the family homestead located in the Valby Community (Ione, OR). He had three older siblings; Joyce Carlson-Darst, Cliff Carlson, and Mildred ‘Millie’ Carlson-Hope.
Louis attended Oregon State University and married Betty Graves-Carlson of Heppner, OR on December 22th, 1950. Together they had four children; Sandra Carlson-Richardson (Danny), Cheri Carlson-Frey (Thomas), Phil Carlson (Kathy) and Clint Carlson (Sarah).
Louis was Oregon State Conservation Man of the Year in 1967, President of Oregon Wheat League in 1982, Board member of Columbia Irrigation District and Port of Morrow, Morrow County Judge for 12 years, Blue Mountain Community College foundation member, double bass player for the Inland Northwest Orchestra, actively involved in the Morrow County Museum and Historical Society, 4-H member and leader, as well as a member of many local, state, and national agricultural boards. Louis was a third-generation farmer and rancher involved in the Cattlemen’s Association. He was dedicated to Valby Lutheran Church and his Christian faith.
Louis was fair, compassionate, hard-working and loved by many. He enjoyed spending time with family; especially the love of his life Betty. Together, they created a beautiful life filled with countless memories that spanned 69 years of marriage. The legacy he leaves in his family and community will never be forgotten.
He is survived by his wife Betty Graves-Carlson and their four children, sister in law Rita Graves-Hill and brother in laws Walt Hill and Dean Graves. Louis leaves behind eight beloved grandchildren; Andrea Frey-Nelson (Andrew), Amanda Richardson, Brad Frey, Jodie Carlson-Matteson (Ryan), Amy Frey, Kyle Carlson (Brenda), Alex Carlson and Julianne Carlson; along with 9 great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Louis is proceeded in death by parents Leonard and Julia Carlson, brother Cliff Carlson and sister in law Marion Carlson, sister Joyce Carlson-Darst, sister Mildred Carlson-Hope and brother in law Bob Hope, in-laws John and Doris (Wilcox) Graves, Howard and Jo Ann (Graves) Pettyjohn, and son-in-law Thomas Frey.
Please join the family as we celebrate his life and legacy on Nov. 22nd at 4 pm in Ione, OR at the Legion Hall. If you wish, please bring a salad or side dish to share. He was truly beloved and will be missed, dearly.
If you would like to donate in memory of Louis Carlson, please all donations to: The Valby Memorial Fund 60492 Valby Road Ione, OR 97843
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