David Lee Carlson

February 28, 1936 - December 26, 2022

David Lee Carlson, age 86. Born February 28, 1936 in Joliet, Illinois and died December 26, 2022 in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Dave was a proud graduate of Lockport (IL) Township High School and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He worked for 37 years as an engineer and executive for Chrysler Corporation, including a seven-year stint in Mexico City for Chrysler de Mexico. He had three Master’s degrees, Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA.

Dave is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sue Dickson Carlson, and four children, Anita (Michael) Winter, Ardith (Gilbert) Burford, David (Kristin) Carlson, and Daniel Carlson. He was grandpa to ten, Douglas, Nicholas and Erica Winter, Andrea Snitchler, Lauren and Colin Burford, and Noah, Jacob, Kaci and Nicole Carlson. He is also survived by his brother Joseph S. Carlson, his sister Adele Adams, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph August Carlson and his mother, Margaret U. (Hjelm) Carlson.

Visitation for Mr. Carlson will be held Friday, January 6th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8 :00 p.m. at McCabe Funeral Home, 31950 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. His Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 7th, at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, 26165 Farmington Rd., Farmington Hills. Mr. Carlson will be laid to rest in North Farmington Cemetery, Farmington Hills.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Penrickton Center For Blind Children, 26530 Eureka Rd., Taylor, MI 48180 or First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, 26165 Farmington Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48334.

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