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Ivan Eugene “Ike” Carson, age 80 of Meridian, Idaho, passed away on Tuesday, September 14th in the comfort of his home with his loving family by his side.
Ike or “Sonny”, as he was often referred to in his life, was born on January 19, 1941 in his childhood home in Burley, Idaho. Ike grew up in the house built by the hands of his father and made into a loving home by his mother. He married Karen Angell, of American Fork, Utah, in 1964. They later divorced but remained friends throughout his life. Together, they have four beautiful daughters: Angie, Kristi, Rhonda, and Becki.
Ike attended schools in Burley, graduating from Burley High school in 1959. He furthered his education at Idaho State University, BYU, and Utah State University, where he graduated in 1969 with a degree in Parks and Recreation Resource Management. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. During his childhood and throughout his life, he was involved in many sports, music, and outdoor activities. As a young adult, he managed the Burley Municipal swimming pool and coached city league sports. Ike worked in the financial industry during his early career. He later worked for the State of Idaho, where he retired from the Department of Health and Welfare. Ivan was a member of the Burley Elks Lodge and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ike had a talent for and enjoyed woodworking and construction. He built many creative works of carpentry for his children and grandchildren to cherish. He also built a home, as well as his dream cabin up in the Idaho mountains. Many of his treasured memories were made while hunting, fishing, and camping with his family and friends. He was an avid Boise State fan and enjoyed cheering on the Broncos every season. His favorite treat was a good homemade cherry pie.
Ike will always be remembered for his musical talent. He was a gifted singer and guitar player. During his years at Utah State University, he enjoyed playing and singing in a musical quartet called The Salty Dogs. At gatherings of friends and family, he was usually surrounded and found to be strumming his guitar and singing his favorite songs. In 1968, he composed a beautiful song called “Love in the Home” that will be sung at his memorial service.
Ike was a very devoted family man. He showed immense love and honor toward his parents. His four daughters were his pride and joy. He was happiest spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Ivan is survived by his four loving daughters: Angie Keicher (Kelly), Parker, Colorado; Kristi Carter (Dee), Meridian; Rhonda Walker (Adam), Meridian; Becki Trone (Devin), Meridian; as well as 17 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan W. Carson and Lucille (Anderson) Carson; and a sister, Marcia Foust.
The family expresses sincere thanks to the many medical professionals who provided services over the years, including Keystone Hospice and Valley Medical for their expert care in recent months.
Friends and family will be received at a viewing Friday, September 17th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturday, September 18th from 9:00am to 9:45 am, prior to the funeral service, which begins at 10:00 am. Graveside service and interment will be held Saturday, September 18th, 3:30pm at Pleasant View Cemetery in Burley, Idaho.