Carlson, William "Hal" Our beloved husband, father, uncle, friend and "Ford" guy passed away on June 29th 2011 at the age of 51. Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to father Will, a television news anchor and mother, Donna, a homemaker both of whom precede him in death, Hal possessed a potent combination of drive, keen intelligence and wit like none other. Hal grew up in Virginia Beach, VA and graduated top of his class from Princess Anne High School. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1982 after serving as President of the university's student-owned and operated radio station, WUVA. Having media in his blood, he worked progressively in more senior roles on the media side of the advertising industry, culminating in Media Director positions at several top agencies while traversing the U.S. from Richmond, VA, Minneapolis, MN, Kalamazoo, MI, Portland, OR, Philadelphia, PA and Los Angeles, CA. He loved his work especially when it involved automobiles or anything that could go fast. On the weekends, he would find great pleasure sitting at home watching NASCAR or taking a drive in his 1967 Ford Fairlane station wagon with his family. Survived by his wife, Leslie and their two children, Sachi and Ford; his brother Nick (Michigan); sister Cyndi (Virginia); the Koyama family and of course his dog, TT. Family was Hal's universe. He found genuine happiness and contentment in being a homebody, because home and everything it represented, was where he most loved to be. Hal was diagnosed with esophageal/stomach cancer in 2008. He passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family. Friends are invited to attend Hal's Party on Sunday, September 11th from 4-7pm at the Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA.

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  1. Dear Leslie, Sachi, and Ford Our hearts and prayers are with your loss of a great husband, father and man, Hal Carlson. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; Your rod and Your staff– they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 God bless your family, Ginny, Jamie, Dylan and Alexa

  2. To Hal’s family, I was very sorry to see the In Memoriam notice in the latest UVA Magazine about Hal. I worked with Hal at WUVA, where he and Tom Butler encouraged me to cover local news for the radio station. I remember Hal as being very smart, funny and energetic. I am truly sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Leslie Lange

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