He was born in Burley, Idaho, on Nov. 12, 1950, to Edwin Leo Karlson and JoAnn (Jones) Karlson. Dennisgraduated fromBurley High Schooland receivedan associate degree in welding from the College of Southern Idaho.Hemarried his lifetime sweetheart, Marilyn (Lord) Karlson,on June 11, 1971. Dennis retired from Amalgamated Sugar Company in September 2011 after 40-plus years of dedicated service. He was passionate about nature and enjoyed being in the outdoors. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting throughout his lifetime. Dennis had a great love and compassion for animals and, until recently, raised and bred chocolate and silver Labs. He also enjoyed reading and spending time with his children and grandchildren. One of the hobbies that he enjoyed throughout his life was collecting coins, and he enjoyed hunting for coins with mint errors.
Heis survived by his wife, Marilyn Karlson; and two children, Shelly Margaret (Karlson) DeWitt of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Jeremy E. Karlson of Rupert, Idaho. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Nevin Skye DeWitt, Zoe Anne DeWitt and Shera Linn Prague, all of Salt Lake City, Utah; as well as many loving extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and JoAnn (Jones) Karlson; and his brother, Kent Alan Karlson in November 2011.
Dennis was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Hansen Mortuary, 710 Sixth St. in Rupert. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service.
We will always carry Dennis’ memory in our hearts.
A special loving thanks to the wonderful nurses at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center who assisted in creating a peaceful environment for Dennis.
“Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean” (David Searls).