Douglas J. Carlson Sr.

NORTH CANAAN — Douglas J. Carlson Sr., 74, of Canaan Valley, passed away on Aug. 28, 2018, surrounded by his family, two days after his 57th wedding anniversary. 

Doug was the husband of Crystalle (Shorey) Carlson, and together they raised five beautiful children at Carlwood Farm, where he has resided his entire life. 

Doug was known as Papa, Farmer Doug, Pop, Uncle Dougie or Big D to many. His admiration and passion for farming was evident in all he did. He was a proud co-op owner of Cabot Creamery and Agri-Mark, and was on the Hauling Committee for years. He was a life member of the Housatonic Valley FFA Alumni, served on the Litchfield County 4-H Foundation and the Jack Brown Fair Committee. He started earning awards at a young age for his outstanding service and achievements in agriculture. Over the years he was a leader of the Busy Farmers 4-H Club, director of Litchfield County 4-H Fair, Litchfield County Dairy Committee president, served on the Board of Tax Revue, delegate to the National Holstein Convention, Yankee Milk Young Cooperator and often served as town moderator.

He touched the lives of many youth across the Northeast, and was well known to cause mischief or tell a little joke along the way. 

Doug was a staple at many fairs in the area; many people would recognize his golden voice carrying across the loudspeaker, often trembling with heartfelt emotion and passion. He could be seen and HEARD on the sidelines of the Mountaineers’ football field at HVRHS, where he was a member of the chain-gain for over 30 years. He loved the holiday season, where he was able to please many as Santa Claus. He could be found rooting for his UConn Huskies. 

He spent many years traveling to judge dairy shows across the Northeast. Each fall he enjoyed spending time at the Big E, watching the cattle shows and catching up with fellow dairy enthusiasts. Not only did he raise a few grand champion cows for his grandchildren to show, he mentored dozens of youth who leased cattle from him, and proudly volunteered to transport both kids and their cattle to the fairs. 

Papa enjoyed his ice cream treats, sharing his dairy farming stories, and had a love for draft horses. He spent many summers providing horse carriage rides and hayrides for local fireman’s carnivals. His beloved horses Duke and Dan stopped by the Falls Village Inn for a drink on the way home. 

Pop spent his vacation week each fall by traveling one mile up the road to the hunting camp. His hunting buddies were like brothers to him, and known as “uncles” to his children and grandchildren. 

Doug was predeceased by his parents, Douglas and Isabelle Sanford Carlson; and his son-in-law, Rick Boardman. 

He leaves behind his wife, Cris Carlson as well as their children, Kim Linkovich and her husband, Bill, Sandy Boardman, Candy Stiewing and her husband, RB, Doug Carlson Jr. and Missy Dunnion and her husband, Sean; his grandchildren, Billy Linkovich and his wife, Leah, Cristi Pollard and her husband, Jim, Sheri, Rene and Ricky Boardman, and Jeremy Stiewing. He adored his five great-grandchildren, Joseph, Isabelle and Adeline Linkovich and Hadley and Elsy Pollard.  He also leaves behind his brother Donnie Carlson and his wife, Cathy, and their family. Special love to his companion border collie, Buddy. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Litchfield County 4-H Foundation, 843 University Drive, Torrington, CT 06790; or the Housatonic Valley FFA, 246 Warren Turnpike, Falls Village, CT 06031. 

Funeral services were held Sept. 2 at the North Canaan Congregational Church. Burial was at the Carlson Family Cemetery in the Valley. 

Funeral Arrangements were in the care of the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan.