Rich Carlson returned to the spirit world on November 27th 2010. He was 55 years old. He will be remembered in the hearts of his mother, Rose, his sisters, Pam and Cheryl, his two (of three) living brothers, Glen and Don, four children, Saen, Kate, Sara, and Justin, as well as his two grandchildren, Shidyn and Diesel. He will also be missed by many friends, of whom he spoke often and cared for deeply.
He was born in Santa Clara, CA in 1955, and grew up in the same general area. He spoke often of his love for drama classes during high school, and a favorite teacher he remained in contact with throughout his life. He also had fond memories of his time with the Police Athletic League. He started his work life at Carrow's, where he met his wife, and then started a family before moving to Lake Stevens in 1986. Restaurant management was his main career, and he was gifted at it, turning many failing stores into top earners in a matter of months. He was an ideas man, and knew how to treat customers well. He had a way with people, and was well-liked by those who knew him. Later in life, he began a free cab service to prevent drinking and driving in his hometown of Lake Stevens, and enjoyed providing a useful service to keep his community safe. He dreamt of a career in comedy, and wrote and practiced with friends up until his passing, always planning to do a stand-up show sometime in the near future.
He was last seen in particularly good spirits and optimistic about the future. He parted on good terms with those close to him, having re-connected with many people from different chapters in his life within a short time before his passing. He was loved, and will be missed.