Jerry Carlson was born in Aitkin, Minn. on January 6, 1941 where he was raised on his parents’ farm. There he helped with farm chores and participated in local team sports.
After high school he enrolled in Augsburg University, then not long after, married Ginger Lee Voltz while working on his degree. He decided to switch over to marketing which became a very good choice. Jerry worked with several companies, but the best sale he made was with four train boxcars of toilet paper and afterwards was promoted to man-ager, where he did quite well working with different major companies.
Jerry had three children: two boys, Scott and Rick and one girl, Jodi; and 10 grandchil-dren. He retired to Sun Lakes, Ariz. and all of the family stayed in the area. He enjoyed work and playing senior softball and Ginger worked at the helicopter office within the same area. Tragedy struck as Ginger was driving to work one morning and was killed by an impaired driver; the family was devastated by this. Jerry soon after sold his house in the Sun Lakes area to go live in Pine and Strawberry, Ariz.
Since then Jerry attended Mount Cross Lutheran Church. One Sunday, he met up with a woman of the church to talk about a lesson with the children, where he then asked her out to lunch. That woman was June McHenry, who accepted his invitation and the start of a loving relationship! They were both sports fans, liked Concert in the Park with the dogs, and senior softball.
Jerry was always finding a way to make things fun and always looked to find new ways to raise funds for our new building at the church. With June’s help he held a day to Celebrate First Responders. A Family Promise was too large and involved for Payson, but Jerry planned and modified it to fit. He did all of these things outside spending time with June, doing sports, crafts, bible study and singing. We were on our 10th year together!
Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3rd at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Hwy. 260, Payson, AZ.