Dr. Donald Richard Carson
Feb 5, 1931 - Nov 25, 2015
Donald was born in Ogden, Utah to Grace Sei and John Caraccio (Carson). He excelled at sports and academics. He attended Weber State College, University of Utah and University of Utah School of Medicine. He did his internship and residency at St. Mary’s Hospital where he met his wife Sharon Rogers, R.N. He spent 2 years in the USN at Port Hueneme, California. He settled in Sacramento for 6 years in an Internal Medicine practice before taking time off to do a Fellowship in Endocrine diseases at Scripps Clinic & Research Foundation in La Jolla, CA. He returned to Sacramento in 1970 & entered into a solo practice in a lovely little office next to St. Francis Church with a view of the south side of Sutter’s Fort Park. He could walk to Sutter General to do his “rounds.” He had privileges at Sutter General, Sutter Memorial, Mercy and Methodist Hospitals, and was loved by all his patients. After 25 years in the private practice of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, he worked as a Medical Consultant for the State of California, Disability Evaluations for 13 years. His fondest job there was teaching the very hardworking analysts about the human body and how it functioned.
He was a gifted artist who loved taking classes from local artists and galleries. He loved to garden and could grow anything. He had koi fish, which fascinated him and challenged him. He was a gentle, kind, and considerate man who loved going on annual trips with his family to Le Selva Beach, CA. Inspired by the beauty of the Central Coast, he would paint, make sand sculptures, and take endless walks on the beach.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 55 years, Sharon Rogers Carson.
Nancy Carson-Crye, El Dorado Hills, Ca. (Don), Patti Caraccio Caldero, Elk Grove, Ca. (Joe), David Rogers Caraccio, Fair Oaks, Ca. (Sharon) and Mary Anne Carson, Aptos, Ca.
Ana Rose Caraccio, Joshua David Caraccio, Amelia Marie Carson-Crye, Gavin Crye, and Annamarie Grace Caldero
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Eugene Carson, and his brother in law Dr. Robert Carl.
He is also survived by his sister in law Virginia Carl of Sun Lakes Az. and 8 nieces & nephews:
Susan Carl, Lodi, Ca., Dr. Michael Carl, Lodi, Ca., Roberts Carl, Austin Tx., Steven Carl, Ontario, Ca.
Debbie Hassel, White City, Oregon. Douglas Carson, Tualatin, Oregon. Monica Needham, Talent, Oregon. Duncan Carson, Central Point, Oregon.
Donald died from complications of a stroke and a major surgery, after a valiant fight to overcome many setbacks.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Flaningam and the nurses on 5 West at Sutter General Hospital, especially Pat Fosha, RN., Dr. Wm Nesbitt, Director, Sutter Hospice, Tracy Cooney, R.N. and all the hospice nurses on her team, most especially the “bath angel” Norma who gave such comfort to Donald when he needed it the most.
The family wishes to thank our many friends for all their love and support at this time and over the years. In particular, Dr. Louis Giorgi, Alamo, Ca. who has been his “buddy” and “Best Man” since they interned together at St. Mary’s, and for his daily phone calls, visits, and loyalty over the years.
Contributions may be made to a charity of your choice or to Sutter Hospice, Wounded Warrior Project or Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Elk Grove, CA. A memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 9539 Racquet Court, Elk Grove, at 11 a.m. on Dec. 19.
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA