Ed was raised on a small farm in Indiana. He served in the Air Force and later obtained his BS, MS and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. Upon retirement, Ed served as a Farm Management Extension Specialist for Purdue University from 1955-1983. After moving from Indiana to California in 1984, Ed worked both as a driver for the handicap service Runabout, and as a Williamson Act property appraiser for the San Luis Obispo County Assessor’s office.
Since his “second retirement” in 1997, Ed has managed to narrow down his activities to serving on the Board of Directors for Achievement House, volunteering for the South County Library and tutoring for the Literacy Council. Ed has served on the Land Conservancy Board of Trustees since 1996 and has been a great advocate for restoration of the historic Octagon Barn Center.
Ed Carson passed away on September 6, 2017 in Eugene, OR, surrounded by his family.