Donald Richard Carlson

On July 31, 2020 Donald Richard Carlson, former resident of Buffalo, passed away at the age of 88.

Don was born on July 1, 1932 to Leonard and Helen (Bufe) Carlson in Des Plains, Illinois. He attended Knox College before enlisting in the Navy. He served in Naval Intelligence in Washington, D.C. and Denver during the Korean era. After being discharged from service, he returned to Knox College to finish his degree in business administration.

He met his future wife Agathe (Gay) in 1958 when he rented a room in a house belonging to Gay’s aunt. They married on Feb. 4, 1961 in Blue Island, Illinois.

Don found his calling in health care management. He was the hospital administrator in Buffalo from 1966-1969 and again in Buffalo from 1971-1980. He also served as hospital administrator in Columbus, Nebraska from 1969-1971 and Thermopolis, from 1980-1987. He culminated his career as President/Chief Executive Officer of San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, New Mexico from 1987-1999.

Don is survived by his brother David Carlson and his daughters, Laura (Quinn) Kilty and Amy Carlson, as well as his grandchildren Eryn (Charles) Coleman, Collin (Erica) Kilty-Warfield and Victoria Carlson.

He is preceded in death by his wife Agathe (Gay), son Andrew Paul, grandson Trevor, twin sister Doris Buck and parents Leonard and Helen Carlson.

Don’s quiet strength, leadership and love will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers and in honor of Don please consider donating to Four Corners Pet Pals, Inc, 14 Road 5316, Bloomfield, NM 87413.

Services were held on Aug. 4, 2020 at Farmington Funeral Home, Farmington, New Mexico.

Stephen Dow covers a variety of beats for the Buffalo Bulletin including the Johnson County Commissioners and JCSD #1. Stephen is a Billings native who joined the Bulletin in 2016.