Robert Dee Carleton

November 28th, 1953November 22nd, 2019

Robert Dee Carleton died peacefully at home on November 22, 2019 after heroically battling several illnesses over many years.  He is survived by his wife, Linda Liebelt of Boulder; his daughters Julia Carleton of Boulder and Ali Carleton of Portland, Oregon; and his sisters Sara Rumann of Scottsdale, Arizona and Carolyn Roberts-Raper of Tempe, Arizona; two nephews and a niece.  He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Hillis Carleton, and mother Jeannette Bryant Carleton. 

Born on November 28, 1953, at Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, the son of a Navy Commander, Robert moved to Cincinnati, Ohio before his first birthday.   He attended classes at the University of Cincinnati until he moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1976, finishing his college education at Metropolitan State College and the University of Denver with a B.S in Mathematics.  He worked at Ball Aerospace in the 1980s on celestial navigation devices for the space shuttle. In the 90s he joined IBM’s Global Services Division, helping IBM establish its business as an IT provider for many large companies.  He was a member of IEEE for over 30 years. 

Robert often said that his biggest accomplishment was raising his two daughters. When he wasn’t cheering them on at their various sporting events or helping them with science and math homework, he devoted much of his free time to maintaining and improving the family’s house and cars.  He was very loyal to his friends, many of whom date back to grade school or high school, where he played baritone horn in the marching band.

Robert (Bob to his closest friends) shared his love of several things with us:  cars (especially Volvos and Saabs),  listening to many kinds of music, any and all applications of LEDs, visiting Boulder Falls and participating in the Boulder Public Library Cosmology group. He will be remembered for his inquisitive mind, his dedication to friends and family, and his unique sense of humor.


Robert Dee Carleton was laid to rest in a private ceremony at Green Mountain Cemetery (Boulder, CO). A Celebration of Life is being planned for 2020.


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I am so sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of Bob since our road trips during college and of my visit to your house more than 30 years ago. May he rest in peace. Chip
I am so very sorry to know of Bob's passing. He was a wonderful man. Our hearts go out to you in this time.
With a heavy heart, I extend my deepest condolences to Linda, Julia and Ali. Even though he is not physically with us, his spirit lives on. He was much like one of his favorite scientists - always curious and wanting to know more. May peace be with you. Sally “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day. —"Old Man's Advice to Youth: 'Never Lose a Holy Curiosity.'" LIFE Magazine (2 May 1955) p. 64” ― Albert Einstein
Dear Linda, Ali and Julia, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I will always remember your Dad/husband at our Horizon's basketball games and events. He was such a warm, friendly person. Much love heading your way. Ellen De Money