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Lonnie Jerrold Carlson

September 4, 1955 ~ December 9, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old

Lonnie Carlson Obituary

He's not gone, he's just gone fishing. Lonnie Carlson passed away on December 9, 2023, at Gritman Medical Center, after a short decline in health while receiving treatment for an ongoing heart condition.

He was born in Moscow, Idaho on September 4, 1955, to Norma Jean and Jerrold Carlson. As the oldest of the couple’s children, Lonnie was born with an independent streak and an undeniable charm. He easily evaded his mother’s reprimands with a sparkle in his hazel eyes and a flash of his legendary dimples. He was not an only child for long, with his parents welcoming three more children during their marriage. Jerry and Norma Jean later divorced and married new spouses, which brought new brothers and sisters to the family. This collection of step, half, and full siblings made a total of 11 children in a blended family, and though he landed closer to the middle of the pack, age-wise, he maintained his Oldest Brother personality throughout his life. Lonnie called Lewiston home for most of his childhood but transferred to the Troy school district as a teen and graduated from Troy High School in 1973. Though he was the new kid in town, Lonnie’s natural charisma helped him make friends quickly. Several of his high school friendships became his life-long best buddies. After graduation, Lonnie attended the welding program at LCSC, and started work as a logger.

He preferred the hard work of blue-collar jobs, saying he’d “rather have dirty hands and a clean conscience” instead of the other way around. After 20 years of working in the woods, logging and building log homes, Lonnie switched career paths. He began work in fiber optic infrastructure and retired as an estimator in that field. In 1977, Lonnie married Debi Payne (Johnson) of Troy. The couple welcomed their son Jeff the following year. After his divorce from Debi in 1984, Lonnie married Laura Love, with a memorable reception at the Troy/Deary gun club. Laura and Lonnie had two daughters together, Whitney, born in 1986, and Haley, born in 1988. They divorced in 2005. The final years of his life, he was loved and cared for by his girlfriend Kelly Johnson at her home in Troy. When Lonnie became a grandpa for the first time in 2009, he made sure his love of the outdoors was passed down to the next generation of his family. All seven of his grandchildren loved spending time with Pop, and he got a kick out of watching them play on their various sports teams and taking them out on the water in his boat.

Anyone who knew Lonnie understood that he was above all, a fisherman. From fresh water to salt water, from Alaska to Florida, he fished whenever he could find the time. He also enjoyed hunting and camping. Every Summer, you could find him on the North Fork of the Clearwater River, with a cold jug of Bullfrogs and a big crowd of friends and family around a “Boy Scout” fire. He liked nothing better than sharing a camp kitchen feast, tying one on with his friends, and contemplating all the things “a guy” could do, if he had the time and money. Everyone loved to hear him telling wild stories about gigantic New Year’s Eve bonfires, the tale of the Dworshak Screamer, and “climbing” Chateau Rock.

Lonnie is survived by his girlfriend, Kelly Johnson, and his children Jeff (Kim) Carlson, Whitney Carlson (Michael Stradley), and Haley (Dave) Haarr; and his grandchildren Madison, Tyson, Jack, Alora, Parker, Owen, and Finley. He also leaves behind his sisters, Bonita “Bonnie”, Tawnya, Shandi, andDonna; his brothers, Wendell, Clifton, Vernie “Lennie,” and Dale, along with their spouses and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father Jerry and stepmother Earline Carlson, his mother Norma Jean Lemire, and brothers Truman Romans and Robert “Chris” Carlson.

In remembrance of Lonnie, please join his friends and family in celebrating his life at the Troy Lions Hall on January 13th, 2024 from 3:00-8:00pm. Don’t feel the need to “put on airs” as he would say, and come ready to pull up a chair, have a toddy, tell a few tall tales, and remember the good times with a great man.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in Lonnie’s name to Troy EMS or the American Heart Association.

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Celebration of Life
January 13, 2024

3:00 PM
Troy Lions Hall


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