Laurin "Larry" Dale Carlton

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January 22, 1951 ~ May 5, 2022

Born in: Ogden, Utah
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Laurin “Larry” Dale Carlton passed away May 5th, 2022 at the age of 71.

Larry was born at the Hill Airforce Base in Ogden, Utah on January 22, 1951 to Dale and Esther Carlton. Since his father was in the Airforce the family resided there as well as Germany and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Following the end of his father’s military service, Larry moved to Arlington, Tx at the age of 8 years old. He attended Blanton and Crow Elementary, Carter Junior High, and later graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1969. After briefly attending The University of Texas at Arlington, he began his career in sound communications eventually founding Quality Sound and Communications and Music Supply Company. In 1994 his company had the opportunity to design and install the entire sound system at The Ballpark in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers. In 1980, he married the love of his life, Paula Brandon. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He spent his life providing for his loved ones, and always extended a helping hand to others. Larry enjoyed spending his time attending Ranger games where he had the opportunity to meet many sports and media personalities. Playing with his 5 grandchildren was always a highlight to his day.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents Dale and Esther Carlton, and his sister Mary Ann Shockley.

He is survived by his wife, Paula Carlton, 2 sons, Jacob (wife Deidre) and Cody (wife Jasmine), and 5 grandchildren: Pearce, Maxwell, Julian, Riley, and Cole.

Services will be as follows: A visitation will be held at Wade Family Funeral Home on Monday, May 16th from 6:00-8:00 PM. 4140 W Pioneer Pkwy, Arlington, TX.
A graveside service will be held at Moore Memorial Gardens (1219 N Davis Dr, Arlington, Tx) on Tuesday, May 17th at 11:00 AM followed by a Celebration of Life at J. Gilligans (400 E. Abram, Arlington, Tx) beginning at 1:00 PM.


Public Visitation: May 16, 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Graveside Service: May 17, 2022 11:00 am

Moore Memorial Gardens
1219 North Davis Drive
Arlington, TX 76012

(817) 275-2711

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  1. I didn’t know Larry but his story reflects a lifetime of excitement and love for others. I’m sure he leaves behind a lifetime of loving memories and special moments.

    Praying for your family,

  2. CandleImageIt is hard to say good bye to a business partner and a friend. We, at Telecor, will be praying for God’s comfort, love, and peace to provide a hedge of protection covering this family; to keep you all close with eyes focusing on Jesus, in your time of grief. Blessings to you all.

  3. CandleImageSuch sad news, Larry will be missed, our Deepest condolences to his family, friends and Quality Sound.

  4. CandleImagePaula and Jacob,
    Larry was such a nice man and a great mentor to Keith and myself. I can only hope we make him proud and carry on the tradition at Quality Sound. He will be greatly missed by our staff. We hope the great memories you made with him will help you in this time of sadness. All of our sympathy and prayers are with your family.

  5. To the Carlton Family and all my friends at Quality Sound. Larry and I were friends and business partners for over 30 years. We shared great victory’s along with some minor defeats. He was a man of great character. My condolences to all his family and friends. Knowing Larry for all these years, he would say “keep on keeping on”. Im gonna miss him dearly, but ill be seeing him soon

  6. Larry and I go back many years. He worked for my dad, Edgar Brown, at Music Supply Co. while I was in college. Larry was an integral part of dad’s team preparing for trade shows and large installations of public address systems and other sound systems. In addition, we were business associates on our own. Larry called me Uncle Bill because of his close relations to dad. Of significant note, when dad decided to retire and sell Music Supply Company, Larry was his choice over me, because of Larry’s focus, dedication and many years of direct experience in the industry. Larrry made him proud. Larry made the world a better place in his life and knowing him has enriched my life. Larry was a humble and genuine person. God bless his loved ones; he will be missed.

  7. Paula
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know it’s been years since we have seen each other but always have thought of Larry and you and the love you shared. Think of you both and all the good times we had in the 70’s. So sorry for your loss
    Larry was a special kind man.

  8. My thoughts are with Larry’s family. He was more than just a customer. As a supplier of some of Music Supply’s products, we developed a friendship over the years. When either his picking-up of product or my delivery of them, we would always take a few extra minutes to discuss our mutual thoughts and any concerns or problems each of us might have. He and I had such a conversation just a few days before his accident. He was genuine and also a friend. Our conversations were always a nice break in our busy lives. I will miss him; as, I am sure there are many more who will, also.

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