In Memory

Kent Carlson


Kent E. Carlson
1949 ~ 2012

Kent E. Carlson, 62, born July 19, 1949 to John Everel Carlson and Afton Loveless Carlson Smith, in Salt Lake City, Utah, passed away May 29, 2012 from a short but cruel fight with lung cancer.

Kent graduated from Skyline High, attended Weber State College where he met dear friends Mike and Kathy Banks and his future bride, Jeralyn Newsome. They were married in Salt Lake City, moved to Cedar City, Utah to finish his college education at SUU (SUSC). They later divorced. He worked at Desert Mound Mine and upon graduating, purchased and operated KC Western Wear Store until 1979. He met Joye Crosby Anderson and together they moved to Salt Lake City. His career in Salt Lake City from that time on was in the Steel Fabrication business. Kent and Joye were married 5-15-82 and enjoyed traveling, going to 52 countries, and playing with little family members, camping, fishing with family and 4 wheeling and back country camping in the red canyons of Eastern Utah, sailing in Mission Bay, CA, Hobie Cat racing and pleasure sailing, winning gold medals in Utah Summer Games and trophies in Hobie regattas as far south as Gulf of Mexico.

Kent is survived by his wife, Joye, his mother, Afton, siblings: Douglas, Midway, UT., Jill (Dave) Empey, Mesquite, NV., Brad (Sandy), Firestone, CO., Cindy (Dean), Layton, UT. Kent's children, Robert Scott Carlson, Herriman, UT., and John Jay Carlson, Smithville, MO., grandchildren Marissa and Kristen Bess, Benjamin and Samuel Carlson, Saige and Wyatt Carlson. Joye's children, Suzanne (Marc) Brown, St, George, UT., Kenneth Crawford, Murray, UT., grandchildren Jaime Sorensen, Natalee (Lowell) Harris, Krista (Zach) Horton, Danielle (Matt) Pyles, and Alexandra Crawford and 5 great-grandchildren. Kent has left behind many dear and loving friends from all walks of life.

Please join us in the celebration of Kent's life, to be held Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm at the Barney residence, 2548 E. 150 S., Layton, Utah.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from June 3 to June 8, 2012

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08/10/12 06:52 AM #1    

Robert Birkinshaw

Kent and I were friends from 6th Grade. His swept back red hair and freckled face was quite handsome, for a guy.  His Dad was the owner of the beauty salon in the Olympus Hills shopping center.  Kent had a distinctive and unique issue with his blue eyes.  His iris did not come together at the bottom of the center of his eye.  Not sure why, but Kent had no issues with it that I could tell.  He didn't wear glasses.

I recall that we used to go hunting birds together with our .22 rifles along the bonneville shore line on Mt Olympus.  Don't worry, we were the only eagles in the area.  Everything else was fair game. 

I shutter to think what would happen were we to do this today as kids.  We'd likely never see the light of day again.  Back then the only advise we received was not to shoot our eye out. 


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