Harold Francis Kopp
On Feb. 19, 2014, Harold Francis Kopp, age 87, longtime resident of Inyo and Mono counties, passed away peacefully at his home in Bishop. He was born Dec. 30, 1926 to Hillard Daniel Kopp and Anna Christine Scott, in Venice Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Clara; and brothers, Hillard Daniel Jr. and Gerald Loyal Kopp.
He graduated a semester early from Venice High School in the spring of 1944, and lied about his age to enlist in the United States Navy. His mother Anna proudly displayed a Service Banner in her front window, with three blue stars.
Harold worked for the Los Angeles Postal Department and as a custom cabinetmaker until following his dream to move his family out of Los Angeles, to the Eastern Sierra mountains. The family had vacationed for many years at Mammoth Lakes. In 1958 he began his 30-year career with the California Department of Fish and Game. He worked at Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery for one year and then took a full time position at Hot Creek Fish Hatchery, where he and Clara finished raising their four children. He retired in 1988 and moved to Bishop, where he remained until his death.
Harold was known for his great love and respect for the outdoors, for the life of the animals he hunted and the land he hiked and explored. He taught his children and grandchildren that same love and respect. There are literally hundreds of “remember when” hunting and fishing stories that have entertained friends and family for 50-plus years. He gained many friendships up and down the highway through Inyo and Mono counties, while planting fish in lakes and streams. Instrumental in introducing trout to more than 100 Eastern Sierra back country lakes and streams, Harold never missed a chance to talk to someone older and wiser than himself, and learn more about the area he loved.
He leaves countless friends; four children, Jean Mower, Steven Kopp, Christine Roden and Dee Ann Ahl; as well as 14 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pioneer Home Health Care of Bishop.