Carl A. Masch passed away suddenly at home in Ramona, California on the evening of April 20, 2021. He was 73 years old.
Carl was born November 6, 1947 to Robert and Harriett Masch at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego where his father was serving in the Navy. He spent most of his younger years in La Mesa, California. In 1962, when Carl was a sophomore in high school, his family moved to Julian, California where his father was employed after his discharge from the Navy. He attended Julian Union High School and graduated from there in 1965. While in high school, Carl became a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and it was through that organization he developed his love for agriculture. High school graduation was followed by college entry at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo where he majored in Agriculture and started dating his future wife, Martha Starr, who he knew from their high school days. While at college, Carl worked at a dairy in Moro Bay where he learned a great deal about the dairy business. Carl left college after attending for two years to work full time in the dairy business. Carl and Martha were married in June 1969 and celebrated 51 years of marriage last year. Their daughter, Mary (Martineau) was born in 1980.
Carl had many talents and careers in his lifetime and was very industrious. As a youngster he cut lawns in the neighborhood, delivered milk with his father and worked for a family friend in the plumbing business. When he was older he found himself doing janitorial work at Julian High School, working at the Hans Starr Ranch in Witch Creek and later another ranch in Oregon. There was also dairy work and horseshoeing. He returned to Ramona in 1972 and started a hauling business (horses and hay). Carl retired from business when he suffered a massive heart attack in 2012.
Carl had a work ethic like no other from the time he was young. He was invaluable because of his inventive nature, his knowledge of so many areas of agriculture, the number of skills he possessed and his very high work rate loading and unloading trucks. Carl greatly enjoyed driving sports cars, flying airplanes and biking with the US Postal Service Bicycle Racing team training in the Ramona area. He was very loyal to his family, friends, customers and business associates. He will be greatly missed.
Carl leaves behind his wife, Martha, daughter Mary and her husband, Curtis Martineau, two grandchildren Cameron and Easton Martineau, and a brother, Robert Masch. There are many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life for Carl is scheduled for Saturday, June 5, 2021, starting at 11am. It will be held at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, Aqua Lane, Ramona, CA. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Ramona Ag Boosters, attention Mary Martineau, PO Box 2057, Ramona, CA 92065 or to Julian Union High School FFA, attention Curtis Martineau, PO Box 417, Julian, CA 92036.
Bonham Bros & Stewart Mortuary and Cremation Service is assisting the family.