James William Carson

January 10, 2001 12:00 am

James William Carson, 74, Brookings, died Jan. 4, 2001.

He was born Sept. 26, 1926, in Spokane, Wash., to Thomas Henry Carson and Wilda Belle (Ulin) Carson.

He moved to Brookings in July 1943 from Ann Arbor, Mich. He graduated from Brookings-Harbor High School in 1945.

Mr. Carson went to work in the woods felling redwood and fir trees in Curry and Del Norte county.

He met Earleen Marie Wood in 1949 while she was visiting relatives in Brookings. They were married in Reno, Nev., July 3, 1951, and made their home in Crescent City.

They lived in several logging camps along the Klamath River, commuting by boat.

After a redwood logging accident broke his back and leg, they moved to the San Francisco Bay area where he was a successful real estate agent for five years.

After the death of his parents, he and his family moved back to Brookings. He worked on fishing boats until buying the Mabel Jean, a 50-foot fishing vessel.

Mr. Carson, his son Tom and two volunteers took the boat out to sea at the height of the storm on Aug. 16, 1972, to assist vessels in distress. They aided two boats in crossing the bar before they were forced to return to port to repair damages.

Later, they returned to sea to aid in the search and continued to search after the Coast Guard suspended their effort.

Mr. Carson received a Coast Guard commendation for his efforts and was mentioned in the book There Were No Birds.

He owned and operated several more fishing boats on the coast and in Hawaii until an injury forced him to retire in 1987.

Survivors are his daughter Jeannie Earleen (Carson) Hart; grandchildren Deric W. Hart, Erica Ann Hart and Ricky James Hart, all of Ogden, Utah.; sons Thomas Earl Carson and Michael James Carson, both of Brookings.

Preceding him in death were an infant brother; brother Howard Carson; sister Ruth (Carson) LaFontaine; and his wife.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Community Church, 607 Pacific Ave.

He will be interred at Smith River Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wiers Mortuary Chapel, Crescent City.