“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”
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Karl was raised in the Denver Colorado area, as the fourth in a family of twelve children. Karl was always the “fun kid” that everyone could depend on to keep things in perspective. Not being very tall, Karl walked on his toes from babyhood through his entire life. Always wanting to be “bigger”, he didn’t realize that the size of his heart was what really mattered. Karl loved to help people, even to the very end, as an organ donor that saved four lives with his priceless gifts.
From a young age, Karl dreamed of following in the footsteps of his Grandfather and namesake; and in October 2006 he realized that dream when he entered the United States Navy. Karl became a Hull Technician serving in Norfolk, VA, Guam (twice), Hawaii, upstate New York and a deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was an exemplary sailor with many achievements.
Karl was a lover of life and adventure, often referring to himself as “Krazy Karl”, his passions included spending time with his family, scuba diving, wood working, welding, photography, anything mechanical, home improvements and his beloved Denver Broncos. Nothing was more important to Karl than his big family and his Navy service, until he married his wife, Riza, in December 2014 and the following year, they welcomed their daughter, Izabella. Being a husband and daddy were two of the most important things in Karl’s life. His “girls” meant everything to him, and he loved them with all his heart.