In Memoriam, Rick Carlsen

  • Rick Carlson

Editors note: Rick & Maartje Carlsen were active members of Aqua Tutus from about 1992, when they took the Open Water certification class, until about 1998 when Rick retired and they spent their summers on the Columbia River where Rick grew up. They were excellent divers, enjoying the challenging but beautiful and prolific waters that Northern California offers, and good friends. They continued to dive with the club on several warm water trips through about 2003 when they purchased a summer home in that area and their first grandchild was born. Maartje particularly remembers a club trip to Bonaire and Curacao and her first experience with a tarpon named Charlie at Captain Don’s Habitat! She now lives in their home in Sunnyvale. She welcomes calls and visits from club members. Her reflections follow:

On September 21, 2018, just 6 days short of his golden wedding anniversary, Rick passed away at the age of 82. Older club members may remember Rick, who joined the club in 1992 and enjoyed diving until 2003.

Rick was raised on a float-house along the Columbia River in a community of Norwegian immigrants, mostly fishermen. As a teenager he spent a year in Norway, where he perfected his knowledge of the Norwegian language.

During his 3 1/2 years of military service in Germany he became fluent in German, which he later taught at a high school in Bend, Oregon.

In 1966 he moved to the Netherlands to work for IBM, where he met Maartje, who also worked for IBM. In 1968 they married and the next year they moved to California, where Rick worked for 30 years as a technical writer for various computer companies.

Rick was an avid collector and restorer of electric model trains.

The cremation has taken place in private. Rick is survived by his wife, son John, daughter Sonja and two grandchildren.

An informal memorial get-together will take place at some time in the future.