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Denis Dean Carlson

March 18, 1945 — January 15, 2023

Rock Springs

Denis Dean Carlson


Denis “Deny” Dean Carlson, 77, passed away peacefully at home on January 15, 2023, in Rock Springs, WY.  

He was born on March 18, 1945, in Regan, North Dakota, the son of Denis A. Carlson and Catherine Shypkoski.  

Deny graduated from Bismark High School with the class of 1963 He then enlisted in the Air Force and served until his discharge in 1968.  

He married Ann Johnson in 1970 and they later divorced.  After moving to Rock Springs, he met and then married Eileen Shaw on June 11, 1986.  

Deny worked for City Auto for approximately 15 years as the manager until his retirement in March of 2007.  

He enjoyed spending his free time watching football and NASCAR.  

Survivors include his wife Eileen Carlson of Rock Springs, WY; daughters Meredith Palecek and husband Justin of Plymouth, MN, Carisa Bishop and husband Kent of Edina, MN, Robyn Shaw and fiancé Robert Wright of Rock Springs, WY; brother Rob Carlson of Chicago, IL; sister Mary and husband LaRoy Baird of Bismark, ND; grandchildren Celia Palecek, Lucas Palecek, Josh Harbison, Skyler Shaw, Bella Solis; and several great-grandchildren, nephews, and nieces.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, brother Doug Carlson, sister Alice Johnson, and son James Shaw.  

Funeral services with military honors will be held at 10:00am, Monday, January 23, 2023, at Fox Funeral Home, 2800 Commercial Way, Rock Springs, WY. Friends may call one hour prior to services.   

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Deny’s name to the charity of your choice.

A memorial service will also be held in Bismarck, ND at a later date this summer.

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