Daryl John Carlson, 69, passed away on August 21, 2018. He is survived by his brother Patrick Carlson, three nephews and one niece. He was preceded in death by his brother David Desmond Carlson.
Daryl was born in 1949 in Escanaba Michigan and moved to Littleton, Colorado in 1958. He graduated from Littleton High School in 1967. Shortly after graduation he was drafted into the United States Army, where he proudly served in the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment. During his service from 1968-71, he received a purple heart and bronze star for heroism after being thrown off his gunning position by mortar fire, only to reengage to provide cover fire for his regiment. He was treated for his wounds but remained on active duty until he was honorably discharged in 1971.
He worked at Kaiser Engineering and Shattuck Chemical before finding his true calling as a maintenance engineer for Littleton Public Schools from 1988-2011. He worked briefly at Powell Middle School before moving over to Franklin Elementary School from which he retired in 2011. Daryl loved his time at Franklin. He often shared wonderful stories of the children, the pictures they drew for him, the stories they shared and the ones who grew up but still came back specifically to visit him. He immensely enjoyed helping the teachers, making sure they had everything they needed for their classrooms and for the kids.
Daryl would do anything for the people he cared about. If you needed help, he would be the first to step forward to lend a hand and the first to join the battle if you were in trouble. He almost always had gifts with him when he visited family or friends.
He spent much of his free time hunting and fishing and enjoyed gambling in Central City. He also loved being retired, relaxing with a cup of coffee on his deck and spending some quality time with his beloved feline friends, Baily and Kiwi. He truly was a gentle giant and will be missed.
He will be interned with Military Honors on Friday September 7, 2018 at 11:15 A.M. at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area "C".