Jeff Carlson (July 20, 1969 – July 17, 2017) was born in Mountain View, California on the same day as the first manned moon landing. He died in Walnut Creek, California three days before his 48th birthday. He was strong and fought hard to survive, but he could not defeat an extremely virulent cancer.
Given his birthdate and a love of science fiction by his father, mother, and maternal grandfather, it’s not surprising that Jeff became an avid reader and successful science fiction author. He had a fabulous mind and an infinite imagination. He wrote and published 7 novels and a collection of short stories. His books have been published in 17 languages. Jeff’s prolific career ended too soon. There were so many more tales to tell.
Jeff’s biggest pride and joy were his two sons. He loved traveling with his family and enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially snow skiing and competitive youth soccer as played by his boys.
Jeff is survived by his beloved wife of 17 years, Diana Gottfried, and their sons John and Ben. He is also survived by his parents, Gus Carlson and Patti Kelly, and his brother Derek, niece Kylie, and nephew Sam. Jeff’s other relatives and friends number in the hundreds, his fans in the many thousands.
His quick wit, exuberant energy, and loving devotion to his family will be deeply missed.
Remembrances in Jeff’s name may be made to Lung Cancer Alliance, www.LungCancerAlliance.org.