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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Deaths Deaths (December 08, 2004)

John "Jack" Carlson

John "Jack" E. Carlson, 85, a 42-year resident of Palo Alto and retired geologist, died Nov. 22 following a six-month illness.

He was born June 15, 1919, in Rockford, Ill. He earned undergraduate degrees in mathematics and geology from the University of Illinois and a master's degree in geology from the University of Idaho. He spent his entire professional career in the employment of the U.S. Geological Survey.

During World War II he served 56 months in the Army Corps of Engineers, partly in New Guinea and the Philippines. His interests included reading, black-and-white photography, gardening, woodworking, classical music and jazz. He loved all animals.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Evelyn Carlson of Palo Alto; son, Paul Carlson, and his wife, Dawn, of Mariposa, Calif.; daughter, Ellyn Carlson of North Hollywood, Calif.; son, Larry Carlson of Ogden, Utah; sister, Nancy Shacter of Chicago, Ill.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

According to his wishes, his body has been cremated and no services will be held. His ashes will be scattered on his son's property in the Sierra Foothills in the spring.

Michael Coghlin

Michael James Coghlin, 45, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, loving son, father, husband and brother, died Nov. 11.

He was born Aug. 25, 1959, in Arlington, Mass., and grew up in Palo Alto. He graduated from Palo Alto High School, received a bachelor's degree from the University of San Diego and a master's degree from the University of Southern California.

He met his wife, Leanne, in Oxford, England, during their year abroad from the University of San Diego. They lived in San Francisco for 10 years, where he was a CPA. In 1993, he moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. with his wife and children to work at Mark-Taylor, Inc., for 11 years, where he became a principal and vice president.

He was passionate about his family, friends, sports, travel and life.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Leanne Coghlin of Scottsdale, Ariz.; son, Kyle Coghlin of Scottsdale, Ariz.; daughter, Kelly Coghlin of Scottsdale, Ariz.; parents, Marilyn and James Coghlin of Palo Alto; sisters, Tara Coghlin Dickson of Mill Valley and Alison Coghlin Kinderman of Sunnyvale; and many nieces and nephews.

Services have been held. Memorial donations may be made to St. Theresa's Catholic School Scholarship Fund in Phoenix, Ariz.

Joseph Davidson

Joseph Davidson, 23, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Nov. 30 at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose.

He is the son of Palo Alto residents Mark and Joyce Brown Davidson and brother of Paly graduate Andrew Davidson, a Berkeley student. He had been living in the Tupaz Care Homes and Rescare Purple Hills home, San Jose, for the past few years, and attending Great Endeavors day program after leaving Rouleau School, San Jose, and Spangler School, Palo Alto.

In addition to his parents and brother, he is survived by his uncle, Walter Brown of New York; aunt, Daria Davidson of Seattle, Wash.; and grandmother, Mary Davidson of Long Island, N.Y.

Memorial donations may be made to the Peninsula Community Foundation-Joseph Davidson Memorial Fund (for Excellence in Rehabilitation and Caregiving), 1700 South El Camino Real, Suite 300, San Mateo, CA 94402.

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