Born January 1, 1945, Frederick (“Rick”) Werner Carlson passed away at his home in Sunnyvale, California after a long battle with lung cancer on December 31, 2015. Always one to love numbers, he lived 71 full calendar years to the day.
Rick was born in Chicago, Illinois, the second of three children to Roy and Marion (Ives) Carlson. In 1956 at the age of 11, his father and stepmother, Chris Carlson, moved the family west to California.
Rick graduated in 1963 from Buchser High School in Santa Clara. After graduating high school, Rick joined the Navy where he served two years of active duty. Rick worked full time at Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale, while attending college at night, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business at San Jose State University in 1972. That same year he joined Signetics as a Computer Programmer, where he worked for the next 12 years. It was at Signetics that he met his lifelong friends, including his beloved wife Sharon (Wynn). Rick left Signetics in 1983 to begin his career at AMD as Director of Information Systems. There he stayed for the next 27 years until his retirement in 2010. For the next couple of years Rick worked at Serus Corp until his final retirement in 2012.
In 1976, Rick and Sharon were married in Cupertino, California. For the next 39 years they devoted their lives to raising a family. His children’s successes were his greatest joy. Rick is survived by his wife Sharon and his five children, Margot Jane, Jennifer Louise, Charles Joseph, Daniel Frederick, and Elizabeth Wynn. Rick is also survived by his loving daughters-in-law Caryn and Lauren, his sons-in-law Mark Abramson and Andrew Romeo, his four grandchildren Joe, Noah, Emma and Ryan, and his sister Linnea Anne Bei.
There will be a Funeral Mass at St. Joseph of Cupertino Catholic Church, where Sharon and Rick were married. Services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 7th, 2016. In lieu of flowers, donations on Rick’s behalf can be made to Stand Up 2 Cancer.
Published in San Jose Mercury News on Jan. 6, 2016You can find the complete original obituary on this website.