Karl Allen Riesen
Karl Allen Riesen was born April 28, 1967 in Lone Pine and passed away April 12, 2014, at his home in Bishop, surrounded by his family, after a brief battle with cancer. He grew up in Independence, where he graduated from Owens Valley High School in 1985. Shortly after graduation (August ’85) he met Angela Heer, and they were married on May 7, 1994. He attended Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo and transferred to California State University, Fresno, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Survey Engineering. He would then pass the state exam, becoming a licensed land surveyor. He worked for Caltrans for 23 years.
One of the reasons Karl became a land surveyor was his love of the outdoors – he loved hunting, fishing and hiking, and he shared those passions with his son. Hunting geese and fishing for albacore tuna were his favorite activities.
Karl’s gruff exterior hid a heart of gold. He donated countless hours to the youth of the local communities. Owens Valley Little League, Bishop Little League, Bishop Youth Football and Eastern Sierra Roller Hockey and the kids those organizations serve, all benefited from his time. He was the driving force behind the recent facelift of fields 3 and 4 at the Bishop City Park.
He took great pride in the accomplishments of his own children, as well. Many an hour was spent and many miles were driven in support of their dreams.
Karl is survived by his wife of nearly 20 years, Angela; son, Colton; and daughter, Rebeka of Bishop; parents, Jerald and Nancy Riesen of Independence; grandmother, Jacqueline Riesen of Independence; brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Paula Riesen of Independence; brother, Kurt Riesen of Bishop; sister and brother-in-law, Clair and Dennis Rhea of Lancaster; nephews, Shane Riesen of Bozeman, Mont., Ethan Riesen of Bishop and Dylan Essenheimer of Lancaster; niece, Samantha Riesen of Independence; uncle and aunt, Von and Dianne Riesen of Arizona; and cousin, Shawn Riesen, his wife, Jennifer and their children, Kirstyn and Zack of Oregon.
Karl’s passing leaves a hole in the lives of his family and friends that can never be filled.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at First United Methodist Church in Bishop. A celebration of life will follow at the Tallman Pavilion at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. This will be a potluck event, so bring your favorite dish and a story or two to share. Karl loved his time with family and friends and the kids he worked so hard for.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Bishop Union High School Booster Program.