Vernon M. Carson, 73, passed away July 30, 2019 at Cottage in the Meadow with his wife and daughter by his side.

He was born October 19, 1945 to Wesley and Ethel (Jessup) Carson. He grew up on an 80 acre farm south of Wiley City. He was active in 4-H, FFA, and the Tampico Saddle Club throughout his childhood. He attended Ahtanum Elementary and West Valley High School, graduating in 1963. He served six years in the National Guard from 1963 to 1969 as a rifleman.

Cowboy, Farmer, Truck Driver are words that describe Vern. Over the span of 50 years he drove truck for C.D. Amende Trucking, Pepsi Cola, and lastly at Coca Cola until he had to retire from driving truck due to health issues. Bill Dolsen then offered Vern the position of Safety Director for The Dolsen Companies which he held until his retirement in 2016.

Vern’s passions were in the outdoors, whether it be horse-back riding or working on his farm. He always had a project going and had recently completed remodeling the corrals. Vern was a kind man who would always step up to help someone. He had a great sense of humor and was known to be a practical jokester to his family, friends, and co-workers.

Vern is survived by his wife of 50 years, JoMarie (Thompson) Carson and his daughter Dana Carson (Michael Koch). He is also survived by his three brothers, Chuck (Maureen), Dave (Berthy), and Keith (Kathleen), a cousin, Pam (Terry) Edelbach, his brother-in-law Gene Thompson, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to the following: To the staff at Cottage in the Meadow for their compassion and extraordinary care in Vern’s last days. To Jeannie his long-term hospice nurse and friend who was instrumental in helping give Vern four great months of good health to where he could go outside to work on his projects around the house. To Bill Dolsen and the Dolsen family for their continued support throughout the years. To all the employees at The Dolsen Companies, Coca Cola, Cow Palace and Harrah Feedlot for always showing their concern for Vern whenever he was sick. To Gene Thompson for his help in transporting Vern back and forth to Seattle. Lastly, to Stan and Linda Emerick for being great neighbors and friends.

Per Vern’s request, there will be no funeral services. Hillcrest Funeral Home of Kennewick is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation, in Vern’s name, to Pegasus Project or the Yakima Humane Society.

To send a condolence or share a story, please mail to Dana Carson at 916 N. 20th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902.

Don’t remember Vern with tears, but with him on horse-back and riding down the trail with a smile on his face.