Karl was born in Landsberg Lech, Germany, and came to the United States as a child. He spent his early years in Florida and later served with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam.
Karl then settled in San Diego where he met Sylvia Freienmuth. They married in 1980 and had two children, Kara Nicole and Devin Martin. The family later relocated to Mountain Home.
Karl worked as a civil engineer at Mountain Home Air Force Base until his retirement in 2009. He coached various sports teams for his children as well as teams on the base. He was involved with the Mountain Home Air Force Appreciation Day Fun Run for many years.
A friend and mentor to Jeremiah Saporta, Karl was an avid golfer, and rarely was the weather too inclement for game of golf. Karl could always be counted on to lend a hand when needed and was a trustworthy, dependable gentleman who was much respected by all who knew him.
He will be greatly missed.
Karl is survived by his wife, Sylvia; his daughter, Kara (Kidder) and her husband Eric; their four children, Karly, Emma, Isabelle and Thomas; and his son, Devin. He was preceded in death by his mother, Eleonore, and his nephew, Jakob McKee.