John Thomas “Tom” Carlson, formerly of Pine City, died July 24, 2019, in Tacoma, Washington, due to complications from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Tom was born on Nov. 28, 1944, in Minneapolis, to Robert E. and Jean W. Carlson, who were long-time residents of Pine City, when Robert owned the Pine City Mercantile, currently Pine City Scrapbooking.
Tom graduated from Pine City High School in 1962. He was a member of the undefeated Dragon football team in the fall of 1961, earning all-conference honors as a lineman. The following spring he played third base for the Dragon baseball team that advanced to the high school state tournament.
Tom graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1966. After Carleton he spent four years in the U.S. Air Force before receiving his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1975. From there Tom went to Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, where he taught developmental biology until he retired at the end of the 2018/19 academic year.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his brother David, who died shortly after birth, and his wife Marlene. He is survived by his wife Karen of Bonney Lake, Washington, son John of Olalla, Washington, siblings Bob of Plymouth and Cindy and Jim of Sun City West, Arizona, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.