In memory of

Carlton David Larson

October 15, 1953 – November 28, 2010

Carlton David Larson, age 57 of Clancy, passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 28, 2010 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Carlton was born October 15, 1953 in Billings, Montana to David Holt Larson and Martha Ann (Mickelson) Larson. He graduated from Wolf Point High School and attended college at Dana College in Blair, NE. He was employed as a Western Region Desktop Services Manager with ACS in Helena, MT at the time of his death. He married Kathleen Lee (Horejs) Larson on September 7, 1996 in Billings, Montana.

Carlton was a wildlife photographer, an accomplished artist and craftsman. He loved fishing, his dogs (Swede and Leif) and his family. Carlton loved to tell humorous stories to make people laugh and feel at ease. He was a good friend and a good man. He also was a long time member of AA.

Carlton was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Ann (Mickelson) Larson. He is survived by his father, David Holt Larson of Great Falls, MT; his wife, Kathleen L. Larson of Clancy, MT; a brother, Craig Larson of Wolf Point, MT; sisters, Cynthia Davenport of Deer Lodge, MT and Carolyn Gilbertson of Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin; nieces, Marie, Jessica, and Annie; and nephews, Jake, James, Derek, Davis and Eric.

We would like to express our gratitude to his co-workers at ACS and Kathleen’s co-workers at Elkhorn Health and Rehab in Clancy.

A Memorial Service celebrating Carlton’s life is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 3, 2010 at the Retz Funeral Home Chapel. A reception for family and friends will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 512 Logan. Arrangements are under the care of Retz Funeral Home. To offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Carlton, please visit


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  1. Marcy Mahlum McLean says

    I am saddened to learn of Carlton’s sudden death and extend my sympathy to Kathleen and the Larson family. Our families grew up together in WP, sharing our faith and friendship. I pray that God will embrace you and comfort you.

  2. Carlton was one of the guys who really reached out to welcome me to my new position at Culvers. We used to share baseball tales, look at his pictures of eagles he took by the Sauk River, and he always had a joke to tell. He was a real good guy and will be missed.My condolences.

  3. Timothy Sheehan says

    Kathleen I am sorry about your loss. I recently left ACS, however Carlton was my boss while I was there. One of the best I’ve ever had. I just wanted you to know he loved talking about you. He and I had several one-on-one conversations during my time there and he always had a story to tell about you. He will definitely be missed!

  4. Greg Riesterer says

    My condolences to you Kathleen. Carlton and I shared a lot of time together during his years at Culver’s. He was always willing to share his knowledge and experiences and for that I am very grateful. Memories of Carlton will live at Culver Franchising for a long time to come.

  5. Connie Sadler says

    Thinking of you

  6. Elizabeth Tobin says

    My brother, Terrell Tuten, forwarded an e-mail that he received from Cynthia Davenport over the weekend. When you decided to move to the Helena area, Terrell gave Carlton my contact information for assistance in finding a home etc. I communicated briefly through e-mail and met Carlton a few times in the office. My brother spoke very highly of him and enjoyed talking sports. It was a true pleasure to have had the opportunity to meet Carton.
    To Kathleen and family, my heart felt condolences to you.

  7. I am sorry to learn about the death of Carlton David Larson. This must have been a difficult time for all. Therefore, I am forwarding scripture to bring solace. Please, read the following scriptures: James 4:14, John 6:35-40, 44 and John 11:25, 26.

  8. I just wanted to pass along my condolences to the Larson family. I was a photography buddy of Carlton’s in Dubuque IA and enjoyed photographing eagles and air shows with him. Your family will be in our families thoughts and prayers.

  9. My sympathies go out to Carlton’s family. I had a long talk with Craig the other day. He will be missed.Kenny Lee

  10. I have spent the last two years living next door to Carlton and Kathleen. You simply couldn’t ask for better neighbors. Carlton always had a funny story to tell, or an amazing picture to show me. There are not enough words to describe how talented he was with his cameras. But what I will miss the most is his friendly wave at me every single day on my way into the driveway after work. It was a pleasure getting to know him for the last couple of years.

    My sincere condolences to Kathleen and the rest of the family.

  11. Florence Schmidt Armagost says

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I remember Carlton from St. Paul Lutheran in rural Fairfield area. He has the same smile – and twinkle in his eye. May his memories bring you all peace and some comfort.

  12. Wes & Connie Neubauer says

    Our deepest sympathy to the Larson family at this time of loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Lorene (Johnson) Harris says

    Pastor Larson, Craig, Cynthia and Carolyn – my thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope your wonderful memories of Carlton help you through your loss.

    I have such wonderful memories of all of you from church in Wolf Point and band with Carlton and Craig. I ran into Carlton last November at the ArtWalk in Helena and recognized him right away. It was wonderful to catch up briefly on what our families were doing. His photography was spectacular and it was such a treat to see! Take care

  14. Chris Heimerl says

    My sympathies go out to Carlton’s family, and Kathleen I am sorry for your loss. Carlton and I worked together for a number of years at Culver’s. I enjoyed his sense of humor and his many stories. We will all remember him for years to come. I wish the family all the best.

  15. Joann Mahlum Bieber says

    Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers this week. I am sorry you are going through such difficult and sad time. Please greet Pastor Larson for me. Mom (Gert Mahlum) thought SO much of her friendship with Pastor and Martha. She spoke of them often. God’s blessings to your family.

  16. Jake Robert Davenport says

    This man I had the honor of calling my uncle. I never really got to see him until these last couple years when he moved to the Helena area. He lived with us until he could sell his house back in Madison. During that time he and I got really close. He attended my football games, taking phenomenal pictures at them. He had a great sense of humor that I really enjoyed. His love for dogs I really liked. His dogs were like his children, he treated them with the uttermost respect and they have ended up to be great dogs. A very nice memory I have of him is when he got back from Wisconsin with his wife Kathleen. He brought me back, as he promised, a cheese head, at which the spectators at Packer games wear. His pictures are great, each one leaves me speechless. I’m glad I had to opportunity to see him one last time at Thanksgiving. I want to give condolences to his wife Kathleen. She’s a great person and I get the honor of calling her my aunt. RIP Carlton

  17. Judy & Vern Fowler says

    We are deeply saddened to learn of Carlton’s death. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

    God bless you all,
    Judy & Vern Fowler

  18. Kathleen I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with you.

  19. Kathleen,
    I am sorry for your loss of Carlton. It’s true he always had fun stories to share. And his photos were inspirational.
    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Kari Larsen, CfSi

  20. Mark and Paula Lindquist says

    It is with a heavy heart that I was given the news of Carlton’s passing. He and I worked together for some time in Wisconsin. I enjoyed his sense of humor and contagious laugh.

    We will remember him for years to come and wish all the family the best.

  21. It is needless to say you will be greatly missed Carlton. I hope you have the best camera heaven has to offer… there must be endless things to photograph there! I will miss seeing all of your new photos (works of art). I proudly have one of your eagle photos hanging in my den. Everyone comments on it! RIP Carlton. Your unexpected departure has had a tremendous impact on us all. Thoughts are with your family although they know you’re in a better place.
    ~Camry C.

  22. Travis & Trisha Goettle says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and if you need anything just call. We enjoyed having you out here to the ranch and you are welcome back anytime you would like to come visit. Carlton will trully be missed.

    Take care,
    The Goettle’s

  23. Condolences



  25. Shari Adkisson says


  26. You will be missed Carlton – It was great working with you those short few weeks.

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