Phil Carlson

Phil enlisted in the Navy in 1969. An aircraft mechanic (who also enjoyed photography and shooting his .50cal muzzleloader rifle), he worked on both propeller and jet engines. His first assignment was NAS Chase Field, Beeville, Tx. He was assigned to VQ1 out of Guam where he worked on C-130’s, which flew over Vietnam. He also helped with the Vietnamese Evacuation. When not working, he logged over 400 hours scuba diving off Guam and worked in a local dive shop. He was assigned to NAS Barber’s Point, Hawaii in Jan. of 1978, which is where he met his soulmate, Brenda, whom he married Jan. 14, 1980 in Coupeville, WA. He transferred to VQ4 in Patuxent River, MD, where he was discharged in Oct 1981 as an E-6. From there he went to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as part of Lockheed Aircraft’s C-130 program, where he taught the Saudi Air Force how to maintain their planes. Their daughter, Nicole, was born while they were there. After leaving Lockheed in March of 1984, they bought land in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and built a cabin on 40 acres of woods, where they lived for 30 years before moving to Texas. Phil (a “cradle Episcopalian”) and Brenda became members of St. Cuthert’s Episcopal Church in 2015. Known as a mentor, friend, and pleasure to be around, Phil reached out to anyone in need. He passed away in October 2016.