Lawrence “Larry” Carson


March 1, 1934 - January 31, 2019


Lawrence "Larry" Carson, 84, Mitchell and formerly of Wessington Springs, passed away Jan. 31, 2019, at his home with his wife Rose at his side.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Burial will be later that day in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Wessington Springs. There will be a gathering of family and friends at the Springs Inn immediately following internment, approximately 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Lawrence Eugene Carson was born March 1, 1934, in Sioux Falls to Ernest Carson and Ferne (Riley) Carson, the oldest of eight children. He lived with his parents at the family farm near Nunda.  He was graduated from General Beadle High School, Madison. Larry was very proud of his accomplishments in high school football, track and many Future Farmers of America (FFA) awards and offices.

He attended college at South Dakota State University, Brookings. Larry completed his undergraduate and master’s work there, earning a Master of Animal Science in 1963. While in college, Larry was enlisted in the U.S. Army ROTC program and a member of the U.S. Army National Guard. He was the ROTC Colonel and planned to pursue a military career, but a tragic car accident took that dream away from him.  The 1956 college yearbook described him as, “A quiet man with the ability to get an amazing lot of things done. His winter quarter came to an abrupt end when he was injured in an automobile accident. He returned to find himself voted a senior celebrity. Included in his list of activities are Ag-Ed club, Board of Control, Blue Key, Alpha Zeta, of which he was Chancellor, Scabbard and Blade, and Who’s Who. In addition, he was chairman of Parents’ and Veterans’ day and the Military Ball.”

He became an agricultural teacher at Rutland, followed by teaching a veteran’s agricultural course in Lennox. Larry then went on to become a county extension agent, sharing his agricultural knowledge with generations of farmers and 4-H members. He was the assistant county agent in Minnehaha County, SD, followed by being the Jerauld County agent until his retirement in 1990 after 27 years in the SDSU Extension Service. Larry was awarded the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Distinguished Service Award in 1986.

On Oct. 3, 1965, he was united in marriage to Rose Ann (Brodkorb) Carson at Wessington Springs. They lived in Wessington Springs their entire married life, until retiring to Mitchell in 2006 to be closer to immediate family. Larry and Rose were gifted with three beautiful children, Conrad Eugene, Cynthia Ann and Curtis George, all born in Huron.

Throughout his life, Larry was active in a vast number of community organizations. He was a member of Alpha Zeta, Agriculture Honor Fraternity, Chancellor 1955; Kappa Delta Pi, Education Honor Society; Jaycees; County Agents Association; state and national Professional Training Committee Chairman; Epsilon Sigma Phi; S.D. Extension Service Committee on Training and Evaluation; Club Congress Delegate chaperone; Dow Study Tour; and Washington Focus Chaperone.

He served on the Wessington Springs City Council and as a member of the South Dakota District III Board of Directors. While a member of Kiwanis, he served as the Lieutenant Governor of the South Dakota/Minnesota District.

Larry loved teaching and working with children. He was a Cub Scout leader and worked with 4-H clubs on a myriad of projects. One of the largest was when he and Chuck Sorsen were instrumental in getting funds for cemetery clean-up in Jerauld County and directed 4-H Clubs in cleaning all the cemeteries in the county. He worked extensively with 4-H judging teams and was proud of their accomplishments. Larry was a key figure in securing the building of the Jerauld County 4-H Building and took special care of it.

He was equally active in the United Methodist Church. Larry was on the board of trustees, Conference delegate, Sunday school teacher and Methodist Youth Fellowship leader.

He loved golf, photography, wood working, fishing and hunting.

Of all his achievements, Larry was most proud of his children, grandchildren and foster children.   

Larry is survived by his wife Rose, Mitchell; one daughter, Cynthia (Romano) Adajar, Sioux City, IA; two sons, Conrad (Kimberly) Carson, Brandon, and Curtis Carson, Honolulu, HI; six grandchildren, Abigail and Aiden Carson, Brandon; Pierce, Quinn, Reed and Keera Adajar, Sioux City, IA; five siblings, Lloyd Carson, Brookings; LeeAnn (Melvin) Withnell, Pueblo, Co; Larainne (Harlan) Gorath, Fairmont, MN; Lance (Donna), Mitchell; and Lyles (Thomas) Lewis, Stockton, MO. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Neva (Lyman) Carson, Sioux Falls, Wanda (Leland) Carson, Waconia, MN, Vickie (Mark) Brodkorb, Wessington Springs, and Deana (Barry Bailey) Brodkorb, Mission; and brothers-in-law Connie Whitney, Gillette, WY, and Robert Kolousek, Wessington Springs.

Preceding Larry in death were his parents Ernest and Ferne Carson; brothers Leland and Lyman Carson; paternal and maternal grandparents, John and Cynthia (Wells) Carson and George and Susan (Taylor) Riley; three sisters-in-law Carol Carson, Wanda Whitney and Linda Kolousek; brother-in-law, Mark Brodkorb.



Tuesday, February 5, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Wednesday, February 6, 2019
11:00 AM
Downtown First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley Street
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Prospect Hill Cemetery
Wessington Springs, South Dakota

Posted by K. Hope on February 20, 2019
So sorry for your loss. At this sad and trying time, keep God's sure promises in your hearts and minds. God’s Word says, "There will be a resurrection." Acts 24:15. Wishing you comfort.
Posted by Leana Stunes on February 6, 2019
Rose, Conrad, Cindy & Curtis, we are so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Posted by Harvey and Aurora on February 4, 2019
Our deepest condolences. We always enjoy time spent with Rose and Larry.
Posted by Suzy Oo on February 4, 2019
Mrs Carson, Conrad, Cyndi and Curt, I am so sorry for your loss. You all have been in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Carson was very lucky to have you by his side all these years. Your strength and unity as a family is an inspiration.
Posted by Gene and Renee Dwyer on February 2, 2019
Rose and Family,
So sorry for your loss.
All of our love,
Gene and Renee
Posted by Hollis and Darleen Hall on February 1, 2019
Rose, we are sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. He was great professional in all the tasks he undertook. He was also a great friend while we were in college. Larry was our best man when we were married. We are sure he will be missed by many. Our prayers are with you.
Posted by Scott and Daisy Lindblad on February 1, 2019
We are so sorry to hear the news of the passing of Larry! Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
Posted by Val & Dawn Luckett & Family on February 1, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers with you all
Posted by Karis Manning on February 1, 2019
Rose, Conrad, Cyndi, n Curtis... I'm so sorry to hear of Larry's thoughts and prayers are with you and your families
Posted by Kelly Gross on January 31, 2019
Lance and Donna, I am so sorry for your loss. No matter our age, it is always tough to loose family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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