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.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Debbie Hassell says:

    So Blessed to have you as my Uncle, Now your up with Papa and Grandma and Grandpa, my Mama, and family in heaven ,.I’m sure there were lots of hugs and kisses and smiles of joy, and the Greatest gift of all is That you are up with God and Jesus, Happy, out of pain, no worries, Happy days, seeing the beautiful things in heaven and probably painting to your hearts content in the beautiful colors of heaven. I loved here, I still Love you now, Always . Love you Uncle Donald, Love your niece Debbie

  • Monica Needham says:

    Peace to you my Uncle Donald. You and your brother are together again, I know my dad (Eugene) welcomed you when you arrived . My love and prayers to your family. Love from your neice, and her family.

  • Letitia Earl says:

    Dr. Carson, Friend, Teacher, Encourager and Mentor, You were all these things to me. You encouragement me to continue my education, while I was working full time as an analyst in the Sacramento Branch. You taught me so much and you were so kind. ALWAYS! I want to thank Mrs. Carson for sharing you with us; she cared about us as well. When I received my Masters Degree you gave me a beautiful hand painted red rose and Mrs. Carson quilted me a blue and white quilt. The painting is in my office and I still cherish the quilt. I am a Branch Chief and I know it was because you helped developed and encouraged me to continue to do good and be the best. You are the BEST MC I have ever known in 25 years of service. You are home with our Heavenly Father, Praises to God!

  • Dr. Sandra Clancey says:

    So sorry to hear of his passing — he was one of my three interviewers when I was applying for a job at the Sacramento, DDSD (known as DAPD) in 1998. Always enjoyed his wit as a different kind of MC (Master of Ceremonies) at our Halloween celebrations and loved seeing him dance at the Christmas parties. He was an excellent mentor and always very kind. I ended up taking over as the MC for Team 19 when he retired and had some mighty big shoes to fill as he was truly beloved by all the analysts. Have followed along peripherally how he was doing since his retirement via Joseph Smith and kept him in my prayers after his stroke. God Bless you Don and give you peace.//

  • Judy (Long) Speer says:

    I had the privilege of working on the same team with Dr. Carson after growing up around the corner from the family. I will never forget the encouragement he poured out on those he worked with–he was a great man and he helped me to grow and succeed. He and Sharon were so generous often treating the team to home cooked and restaurant meals. Dr. Carson left a legacy of excellence and compassion. What a gift he was. Praying for Sharon and family. May God bring comfort through great memories, family, and friends.

  • Trish Fahey Turner says:

    My deepest sympathy to Sharon and family. I remember Dr Carson when I was a student nurse at St. Mary’s. I loved watching the love grow with Sharon and Don. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Tim Burkhart says:

    I had the honor and the privilege of working with Dr. Carson at Social Services. I remember his kindness and his willingness to help all the disability analysts to be the best they could be. Dr. Carson made the world a better place.

  • Joseph Smith says:

    Sharon and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Dr. Carson is truly a special individual. A great teacher, a great friend, a great person. The only thing he was not great at was golf, but neither am I. So we never let that stop us from having a great time together playing the game that frustrated us both to no end! I will always cherish our time shared at work, during church activities, and out on the golf course. I treasure all the advice on life he provided. He is truly one in a million. May you find peace and comfort in knowing Dr. Carson was loved not just by you and his family, but by all lucky enough to meet him.

  • Shelley Hayes Pelettsa says:

    One incredible gentleman and mentor. Rest in peace.

  • Cora (Huffman) Myers says:

    Dear Mrs. Carson and family – many have already expressed the same feelings I had about Dr. Carson. He was also my Medical Consultant (MC) during my training as a disability analyst, and while there were several great MC’s in our office, Dr. Carson remained my favorite. I saved a note that he shared with me about my case write-up, because it meant a lot to me that he thought I was doing a good job. Mrs. Carson, you and your husband attended my wedding in 1996, so fortunately, I have pictures of this special man. He was a class act, a kind man, and a great mentor. Oh…and I believe he owes me a dance from one of the Christmas parties…and I intend to collect!!! My sincere condolences to you all for your loss. May he rest in peace.

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