Jon David Carlson age 59 years, was born August 3rd, 1958 to Glenn and Maryan Carlson. He grew up in Cozad, Nebraska and was proud of his small town upbringing. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1976.
He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he pursued an undergraduate degree in architectural studies and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He went on to receive his master’s degree in Architecture, from the University of Nebraska and graduated summa cum laude in 1984. Jon began his architectural career at Dana Larson Roubal and Associates in Omaha. He became a licensed Architect in the State of Nebraska in 1987. In 1990 he joined the recently founded firm Krhounek Povondra Architects and was named Principal in the firm in 1994. In 1999 the firm was renamed Carlson West Povondra Architects. Jon was a professional member of American Institute of Architects and Council of Educational Facility Planners International. He was known at the firm for his dedication to work and for treating his clients like family. Over the course of his career Jon worked on multiple justice, education, senior living, religious and community projects. We take pride and gain comfort in knowing that Jon’s hard work can be seen through these facilities.
Jon’s faith and community involvement were very important to him. He served many terms on church council and was president of the foundation at Lutheran Church of The Master. He was a member of Gideon’s International for which he proudly gave talks and distributed bibles throughout Omaha. For several years he was on the planning committee for the American Cancer Society. He also enjoyed spending his time mentoring young architects and traveling to Lincoln to critique the projects of graduate students at Architecture Hall.
Of all his accomplishments, the two aspects of his life of which he was proudest were his three daughters Kalen, Erin and Sarah and especially his marriage of 33 years to the love of his life, Val. He was his daughters’ first coach in many of their youth sports and later the biggest supporter of their teams, especially Westside High School Girls Basketball and Volleyball, Special Olympics Swimming and Doane College Basketball.
Jon was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Carlson; brother, Donald Carlson; father-in-law, Larry Masters. He is survived by wife, Valerie; daughters, Kalen, Erin and Sarah; mother, Maryan Carlson; sisters, Jodi Doran (Jay) and Chris Carlson; niece, Andrea Hewitt (Kyle); nephews, Evan Huston (Amy) and Jeff Carlson; mother-in-law, Wilma Masters.