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Calvin Edward Carlson

Bella Vista, AR, 1939 - 2019

Calvin Edward Carlson, 79, of Bella Vista, Ark., formerly Edina, Minn., passed away peacefully after a long illness on January 10, 2019 surrounded by loved ones. Cal was born on May 5, 1939 to Lorien and Sarah Carlson of Cloquet, Minn. His lifelong passion for golf began as a young caddie at Cloquet Country Club, just one block from his family's home. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., where he played on the golf team and graduated in 1964 with a history degree. Immediately thereafter, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served until 1966, rising to First Lieutenant. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he received a Bronze Star. Cal returned to the United States, married Margaret Helen Sughrue and settled in Edina, MN, where they raised daughters Julie and Elizabeth. He worked at Paper Calmenson and Castle Metals as a steel salesman. His charming personality, sharp wit and desire to make things right for his customers fueled a successful career. Cal was a longtime member of Interlachen Country Club. He found the spectacular golf course familiar and challenging, plus a great way to spend time with close friends. In 2005, he retired and moved to Bella Vista, Ark. where he built his dream home, made even more friends and met Teri Wey, his beloved girlfriend of 10 years. He enjoyed reading a good book on his porch, golfing, watching movies, rooting for Minnesota sports teams and relaxing by a roaring fire when temperatures dropped. But what he loved most was his family.
Cal is survived by his daughters, Julie (Paul) Miller and Elizabeth Carlson. Preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Stanley. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Celebration of Life gatherings in Arkansas and Minnesota are being held. Memorials to The St. Olaf Fund c/o St. Olaf College, 1520 St. Olaf Avenue in Northfield, Minn. 55057. Online condolences may be made at

Published April 27, 2019

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2258 Forest Hills Blvd, Bella Vista, AR
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