Former Champion, Sponsor Dennis Carlton Passes

Dennis Carlton, past Wilmot Raceway street stock champion, passed away Saturday, June 2.  Dennis recently took over Don’s Garage in Trevor, longtime sponsor or Wilmot Raceway including this season.

Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Dennis James Carlton, age 61, of Woodstock passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018. He was born on September 17, 1956 and was raised in Libertyville, IL, the son on Donald Carlton and Catherine Spingola, On December 17, 1977, Dennis married the love of his life, Catherine R. Johnson, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Libertyville, IL

He is survived by his loving wife, children: Don (Katie Kiebel) Carlton, Katie Carlton; mother, Catherine Spingola; siblings: Catherine (George) Kalk, Susan (Todd) White, David (Dodi) Carlton, and Ruthann (Randy) Kroll.

Dennis is preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Carlton; father, Donald Carlton; sister, Debbie Carlton; stepfather, William Spingola; and parents-in-law, Henry (Martha) Johnson.

Dennis loved his dogs, cats and horses but especially his family. Married to Cathy for 40 years, he was a devoted and loving husband. His children Donny, Jeff and Katie were his proudest accomplishments and there was no limit to the efforts he would go to help them. He shared his love of cars and racing with Donny, sports with Jeff and horses and four legged friends with Katie. His favorite memories were watching any of his children do what they loved.
Dennis was a talented fixer of all things – cars, boats, chain saws, and farm equipment. He was an auto mechanic and owner of Don’s Garage in Trevor, WI and competed in stock car racing, garnering track championships at both Wilmot and Lake Geneva Speedways. Generous with his time and talents, Dennis would come to the aid of many a stranded motorists. He enjoyed spending time farming and at the family lake home on Leech Lake in Minnesota.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 4:00 until 8:00pm at Colonial Funeral Home and Crematory, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry, IL 60050. A prayer and reflection time will be held at 7pm. Funeral Mass will be held 11:00am on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at St Patrick’s of Hartland Catholic Church, 15012 Saint Patrick Road, Hartland, IL 60098.

Please remember Dennis for his kind spirit and the love he had for his family, friends and four-legged companions. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, 747 Third Avenue, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10017, in memory of his son, Jeff Carlton.

Arrangements are being handled by Colonial Funeral Home and Crematory. For more information please visit or call 815-385-0063.

Submitted by Michael H. Babicz