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Gary Carlson, 54

Gary Carlson, 54, of Cottage Grove, passed away peacefully March 19.

Gary was born Dec. 24, 1959, in St. Paul, Minn. the son of Donald and Elizabeth (Laszlo) Carlson. He was raised in Cottage Grove, the youngest of six, and graduated from Park High School in 1978. Gary was a beloved football coach for Cottage Grove Athletic Association, Oltman Middle School and Park High School. He loved vacationing and fishing at Shell Lake with his family. He was an avid Vikings fan.

A special thank you to Dr. Zeldenrust at the Mayo Clinic for his work with the rare amyloidosis. He gave Gary strength and inspiration.

Gary is the beloved dad of Shawn, and Dana; special lifetime companion of Lynn; brother of Sharon (Gary) Hildebrandt, and Ken (Vicky); and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Elizabeth; siblings Richard (Kathy), Roxanne (Richard) LaDoucer, and Douglas (Kelly).

Visitation 10-11 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Monday, March 24, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 920 Holley, St. Paul Park.

Kok Funeral Homes.