Lawrence "Larry" Carson, 84, Mitchell and formerly of Wessington Springs, passed away Jan. 31, 2019, at his home with his wife Rose at his side.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Burial will be later that day in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Wessington Springs. There will be a gathering of family and friends at the Springs Inn immediately following internment, approximately 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Lawrence Eugene Carson was born March 1, 1934, in Sioux Falls to Ernest Carson and Ferne (Riley) Carson, the oldest of eight children. He lived with his parents at the family farm near Nunda. He was graduated from General Beadle High School, Madison. Larry was very proud of his accomplishments in high school football, track and many Future Farmers of America (FFA) awards and offices.
He attended college at South Dakota State University, Brookings. Larry completed his undergraduate and master’s work there, earning a Master of Animal Science in 1963. While in college, Larry was enlisted in the U.S. Army ROTC program and a member of the U.S. Army National Guard. He was the ROTC Colonel and planned to pursue a military career, but a tragic car accident took that dream away from him. The 1956 college yearbook described him as, “A quiet man with the ability to get an amazing lot of things done. His winter quarter came to an abrupt end when he was injured in an automobile accident. He returned to find himself voted a senior celebrity. Included in his list of activities are Ag-Ed club, Board of Control, Blue Key, Alpha Zeta, of which he was Chancellor, Scabbard and Blade, and Who’s Who. In addition, he was chairman of Parents’ and Veterans’ day and the Military Ball.”
He became an agricultural teacher at Rutland, followed by teaching a veteran’s agricultural course in Lennox. Larry then went on to become a county extension agent, sharing his agricultural knowledge with generations of farmers and 4-H members. He was the assistant county agent in Minnehaha County, SD, followed by being the Jerauld County agent until his retirement in 1990 after 27 years in the SDSU Extension Service. Larry was awarded the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Distinguished Service Award in 1986.
On Oct. 3, 1965, he was united in marriage to Rose Ann (Brodkorb) Carson at Wessington Springs. They lived in Wessington Springs their entire married life, until retiring to Mitchell in 2006 to be closer to immediate family. Larry and Rose were gifted with three beautiful children, Conrad Eugene, Cynthia Ann and Curtis George, all born in Huron.
Throughout his life, Larry was active in a vast number of community organizations. He was a member of Alpha Zeta, Agriculture Honor Fraternity, Chancellor 1955; Kappa Delta Pi, Education Honor Society; Jaycees; County Agents Association; state and national Professional Training Committee Chairman; Epsilon Sigma Phi; S.D. Extension Service Committee on Training and Evaluation; Club Congress Delegate chaperone; Dow Study Tour; and Washington Focus Chaperone.
He served on the Wessington Springs City Council and as a member of the South Dakota District III Board of Directors. While a member of Kiwanis, he served as the Lieutenant Governor of the South Dakota/Minnesota District.
Larry loved teaching and working with children. He was a Cub Scout leader and worked with 4-H clubs on a myriad of projects. One of the largest was when he and Chuck Sorsen were instrumental in getting funds for cemetery clean-up in Jerauld County and directed 4-H Clubs in cleaning all the cemeteries in the county. He worked extensively with 4-H judging teams and was proud of their accomplishments. Larry was a key figure in securing the building of the Jerauld County 4-H Building and took special care of it.
He was equally active in the United Methodist Church. Larry was on the board of trustees, Conference delegate, Sunday school teacher and Methodist Youth Fellowship leader.
He loved golf, photography, wood working, fishing and hunting.
Of all his achievements, Larry was most proud of his children, grandchildren and foster children.
Larry is survived by his wife Rose, Mitchell; one daughter, Cynthia (Romano) Adajar, Sioux City, IA; two sons, Conrad (Kimberly) Carson, Brandon, and Curtis Carson, Honolulu, HI; six grandchildren, Abigail and Aiden Carson, Brandon; Pierce, Quinn, Reed and Keera Adajar, Sioux City, IA; five siblings, Lloyd Carson, Brookings; LeeAnn (Melvin) Withnell, Pueblo, Co; Larainne (Harlan) Gorath, Fairmont, MN; Lance (Donna), Mitchell; and Lyles (Thomas) Lewis, Stockton, MO. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Neva (Lyman) Carson, Sioux Falls, Wanda (Leland) Carson, Waconia, MN, Vickie (Mark) Brodkorb, Wessington Springs, and Deana (Barry Bailey) Brodkorb, Mission; and brothers-in-law Connie Whitney, Gillette, WY, and Robert Kolousek, Wessington Springs.
Preceding Larry in death were his parents Ernest and Ferne Carson; brothers Leland and Lyman Carson; paternal and maternal grandparents, John and Cynthia (Wells) Carson and George and Susan (Taylor) Riley; three sisters-in-law Carol Carson, Wanda Whitney and Linda Kolousek; brother-in-law, Mark Brodkorb.