Evans Funeral Home

"Compassionate Funeral Service"

Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
701.652.3003 or 701.947.2911

Secondary Number ~ 701.650.9937

Erik Joshua Carlson was born on January 8, 1982. On February 10, 1982, he was adopted into the Mauritz and Eilene Carlson family, Sheyenne, ND. He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Sheyenne. He graduated from Sheyenne High School in 2000 and upon graduation he attended Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN. He was an Assistant Manager at Dakota Boys Ranch Thrift Store for several years, until he moved back to ranch with his father on the family farm. On October 27, 2021, he married Carly Jo Thompson and they resided in New Rockford, ND.

On May 13, 2022, Erik returned home from working with the cattle and collapsed on the landing steps. He died from natural causes at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center, Carrington, ND.  “He died with his boots on.”

Erik had a deep love for animals and the outdoors. This love started young and was evident in the many awards he won in both 4-H and Science Fair Competitions. He won the State Junior High Science Fair as a 6th grader, which prompted the rules committee to make 6th graders ineligible in following years. He had many dogs throughout his life, but his favorite was his current German Shepherd, named Elska, meaning “love” in Icelandic.

Erik loved music and had been playing drums since 3rd grade. He was active in several bands throughout his life.

Erik will be deeply missed by his wife, Carly Jo; his parents, Mauritz and Eilene; one sister, Theresa Howatt-Perry, Omaha, NE; brothers, Danny (Emily) Hebert and Rodney Sunderland; sister, Reanna Molstad, brother-in-law, Joe Thompson; mother-in-law, Judy (Pete) Polansky; father-in-law, Joe P. Thompson; several aunts and uncles; and 1 niece and 3 nephews.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents; brother-in-law, Mark Howatt; and aunt, Vivian Carlson.

Erik’s Visitation will be Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 2:00-3:00PM followed by a Celebration of Life at 3:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.

His Burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Sheyenne, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. So sorry to hear about Erik’s passing. We just heard about it in church today. We will be praying for comfort for all those who loved Erik.

  2. Condolences to the family of Erik prayers for the family

  3. To Erik’s family:
    Our deepest sympathy during this difficult time.
    Al and Kathy Modin

  4. Condolences to Eric’s family…you will be in our thoughts from all of us at Lake Region Livestock

  5. To Erik’s family. Sorry about Erik’s passing. We are Dannys in laws. Will be praying for all of you.

  6. My deepest sympathies to the families. He was too young.

  7. Erik was my best friend. I will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  8. I am so sorry about the loss of Erik. My heart goes out to his family, and my dear friend, Carly. Sending love.

  9. Very sorry and saddened to hear about the loss of Erik! Many great memories growing up with him through our school years in Sheyenne! Many thoughts and prayers for Erik and the entire family!

  10. I am so sorry for your sudden loss – My condolences to Erik’s family – I am praying for all of you during this difficult time

  11. Carly, my heart is breaking to hear of your loss.

  12. Sending our condolences to Erik’s family.


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