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Donald Noel Carlson

December 24, 1937 ~ September 12, 2022 (age 84)
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Donald Noel Carlson age 84 of Bemidji, Minnesota (formerly of Walker, Minnesota) passed away on Monday, September 12th, 2022 at his home peacefully surrounded by his loving family.  Don was born to Dary and Elma (Andeen) Carlson of Drayton, North Dakota on December 24, 1937.  He attended and graduated from Drayton High School in 1956, then went on to Mayville State graduating with a BS degree in 1961. He Earned his Masters Degree in Secondary School Administration from the University of North Dakota.  On August 26, 1960, Don married his high school sweetheart and love of his life Darryle Kay Bellamy.  Together they raised three children.  Lisa Beyer (Dr. Roben) of Bemidji, Paul Carlson (Rebecca) of New London, Julie O’Rourke (Dan) of White Bear Lake. He Is also survived by 8 grandchildren:  Emilee Lindseth (Tony) of Bemidji, Nick Carlson (Des) of Chaska, Nathan Carlson (Dua) of Maple Grove, Meghan Adams (Justin) of Roseville, Matthew O’Rourke (Abby) of White Bear Lake, Molly O’Rourke (Ryan) of White Bear Lake, Jack O’Rourke of White Bear Lake, Allie Beyer of Bemidji.  He is also survived by 6 Great Grandchildren. Reid, Leo and Reece Lindseth, Addelyn and Leighton Carlson, and Arlo Adams.


Don spent 36 years of his life in education. Of which 30 was spent as a high school Principal.  His first teaching job was in Oberon, ND.  He spent 13 years in Hallock, MN, as a teacher, coach, and Principal. In 1978 he and his family moved to Walker where he spent the remainder of his career as Principal until he retired in 1996.  
In his 30 years as a high school administrator, he was very active.  A member, and officer of the Northern Division as well as an active member of the State Association of Principals. He served on the MASSP board for eight years.  His last four as an officer.  He was the State President in 1985 and awarded the State Principal of the Year in 1986, where he and Darryle were recognized for this award in Miami, FL. He was also a member of a national education delegate representing Minnesota during a trip to Japan to explore their education system. Don completed all the requirements of the Blandin Principals Fellowship and Leadership in 1990. He also served on the Board of Directors for the MN State High School League from 1991-94. In retirement, Don also enjoyed driving school buses. He also spent 30 plus years hauling sugar beets for his relatives in Kennedy and Hallock for Erickson Farm.
Don was active in many church and community activities:  while in Hallock he was President of the Hallock Golf Club, President of the Lion’s Club and active in the Curling Club.  He and his family were members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where he served as an usher and reader.  While in Walker, he was an active member of Tianna Country Club and served on their board, Charter President of the Walker Lion’s Club and received the highest award the Lion’s have, which is the Melvin Jones Award.  He and his family were members of St. Agnes Church in Walker where he served as an usher, reader, Eucharistic Minister and a Sacrastin. He was also active in the Knights of Columbus serving as an officer for several years and was the Grand Knight for the Catholic churches in Walker and Hackensack. He served as an officer in the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus. On the past July 4th, Don and Darryle had the honor of being the Grand Marshalls for the Walker Parade.


Don also enjoyed the outdoors, golfing and fishing.  In the early years there were many family camping trips to Lake of the Woods.  For many winters he and Darryle enjoyed wintering in Sun Lakes, AZ. Family was very important to him and shared these loves with his children and grandchildren.  Summers in Walker were all about enjoying time with the entire family swimming at the Lakewood Acres Beach, golfing, boating, and enjoying the outdoors .  His family was always welcome in Walker anytime, and often in summer time and especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas the log home Don and Darryle shared would have up to 15 extra family members… who all had comfy places to sleep. Above all, he enjoyed following his grandchildren while they were active in the sports they played throughout their lives. He is dearly beloved and will be forever missed by his family and the friends he made throughout his life.


Don was preceded in death by his parents Dary and Elma and his brother Larry and infant son, Peter. 


A funeral mass will be held for Don on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.  Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. and Knights of Columbus rosary will be held at 10:30 a.m., at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Walker.  Burial will be at the St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Drayton, ND.

Memorials preferred to Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life

4249 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55409-9989

Donald’s care has been entrusted to the Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN.  Online condolences for the family may be given at www.northernpeace.com

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
September 17, 2022

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
St. Agnes Catholic Church
210 Division Street South
Walker, Minnesota 56484

Recitation of the Rosary
Saturday
September 17, 2022

10:30 AM
St. Agnes Catholic Church
210 Division Street South
Walker, Minnesota 56484

Funeral Mass
Saturday
September 17, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Agnes Catholic Church
210 Division Street South
Walker, Minnesota 56484

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