Leslie Dean Carlson, age 87, of Roswell, Georgia formally of Mena, Arkansas, died Thursday, February 11, 2016 at his home in Roswell. He was born on Monday, March 26, 1928 to Oscar Carlson and Esther Carlson in Chicago, Illinois.
At approx 6 months old, Les’ family moved to Southern California. Over the years growing up, Les lived in Thousand Oaks, Malibu, and other area close to the Los Angeles area. He joined United States Army in 1946, and served with the occupation forces in Japan. After completion of military service, Les worked as an engineer for the State of California Highway Department. He worked in construction and survey, being involved in many of the major highway and bridge construction projects in the Los Angeles area. While Les was in the Mena area on vacation, he decided he wanted to retire there. Upon retiring to Mena, Les became very involved in the Ink Fire Department, served on the board of the Acorn Water department and was very involved in church activities. On May 1, 1993, Les married Faye Deen Bell. Les and Faye Deen loved to travel and were involved in mission trips, various bus trips and enjoyed many history classes and field trips at Rich Mountain Community College. Les and his wife Faye Deen move from Mena, Arkansas to Roswell, Georgia, in November of 2012. Les was a loving husband, step father, and grandfather, and will be missed by all who knew him.
Les is survived by, two daughters, Janice Quinsaat of Fountain Hills and Judy Bell of Roswell; son, Ron Bell and his wife Emily Bell of Johns Creek; one grandson, Javan Quinsaat of Fountain Hills and a host of other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by, his parents, three weeks ago by, his wife, Faye Deen Carlson and two brothers, Charles Carlson and Burt Carlson.
A memorial service will be Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Brother Wally Beckman officiating. Burial will be at Pinecrest Cemetery under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.