Sgt. Carson Holmquist, one of four Marines killed in last week’s attack on the Navy and Marine operations center, was remembered in his hometown as a man who loved his family and friends.
His obituary was released Tuesday by Swedeburg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster, Wis.
Carson, 25, was a native of St. Croix Falls, Wis., and graduated from Grantsburg (Wis.) High School in 2008. The obituary said he loved farming and worked on a Grantsburg farm throughout high school.
He also loved his family and friends, was a avid fisherman and enjoyed cars and trucks, his obituary said.
He joined the Marine Corps in 2009 and was part of Mike Battery, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Force Reserve. Holmquist was a diesel mechanic specialist with service in Okinawa, Japan, and in Afghanistan in 2013-14. He earned the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, a Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, and two Sea Service dDeployment ribbons.
He is survived by his wife, Jasmine, whom he married in 2012, and son, Allan Wyatt and his parents, Thomas and La Brenda Holmquist.
Funeral services will be announce later. Pallbearers are the U.S. Marine Honor Guard. Arrangements are by Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home Webster, Siren and Grantsburg, Wis.
Online condolences can be made a www.swedberg-taylor.com
SGT, Carson Allen Louis Holmquist, USMC, age 25, of Grantsburg, Wisconsin, was one of the four Marines killed in the July 16, 2015 shootings at a military facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Carson is the son of Thomas (Susan) Holmquist and La Brenda (nee: Johnson) Holmquist, born October 6, 1989 in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Carson was a 2008 graduate of Grantsburg High School. Throughout high school he worked on a farm in Grantsburg. Carson married Jasmine Jones on January 28, 2012, and they were later blessed with a son, Wyatt Allen.
He joined the Marine Corps in 2009 and was part of Mike Battery, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve. Carson served a deployment in Okinawa, Japan, and in Afghanistan as a diesel mechanic specialist. He returned in May 2014. He earned several medals and honors, including the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and two Sea Service Deployment ribbons.
Carson loved his family and friends. He loved cars, trucks, riding dirt bike and farming. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, but his main passion was his family and friends. Carson is preceded in death by grandparents, James Holmquist and Donald and Ruth Johnson.
He is survived by his wife, Jasmine, and his son, Wyatt; parents, Tom (Susan) Holmquist and La Brenda Holmquist (Jeff); brothers: Chris Holmquist (Meghan), Step Brother Robert (Caitlin) Drake , Step Sisters, Serina and Kendra Drake, sister in-law Jerrica Jones; grandmother Judi Holmquist and extended family Kara, Kyle and Elisa.
A visitation will be held Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 11:00-1:00 PM at the Grantsburg High School. A private family service will be held at 1:00 PM. Pallbearers are the U.S. Marine Honor Guard. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home Webster, Siren and Grantsburg, Wisconsin. Online condolences can be made a www.swedberg-taylor.com
So proud a Marine was Sgt. Carson Holmquist that when he finished boot camp, he returned to his hometown of Grantsburg, Wisconsin, and paid a visit to his high school dressed in his formal blues. Grantsburg High School Principal Josh Watt, who was one of Holmquist’s football coaches, remembers the day his former cornerback showed up, the pride in his accomplishment apparent.
“When he became a Marine he was very proud of that,” Watt said Friday.
The principal remembered Holmquist as a strong player, an avid sportsman who loved to hunt and fish, a young man committed to succeeding. He graduated in 2008; the Pentagon said he enlisted in January 2009 and was serving as an automotive maintenance technician. He had completed two deployments as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Reached by phone, the slain Marine’s father said he wasn’t ready to talk yet, and his grandmother declined to comment as well. Sadness over the loss was permeating his small hometown.
“It’s a very tough day in Grantsburg,” Watt said.