In honor of the recently passed Carl Gustafson, we share memories from some of his close friends. Well-respected as a civil engineer in Squaw Valley since 1963, he was a longtime board member of the Squaw Valley Public Service District.

“Carl was a great guy. I grew up knowing Carl as a legend from the Bear Pen. Over the years, I used Carl as a civil engineer who always stuck to his code of ethics as a co-board member of the Squaw Valley Public Service District. We always talked about fishing, creeks, and meadow health. I was impressed to read an article in Sierra Magazine about a ski mountaineering trip that Carl did on California’s second highest peak, Mt. Williamson — 14,375 feet.” ~ Eric Paulsen

“Carl was one of the most intelligent men I’ve known! His mathematical skills were awesome. He engineered many buildings and surveyed hundreds or thousands of lots in the area. While surveying, his attention might be diverted to the flora and fauna at the site. But the surveys were exact. The irony is that each survey brought more people and homes to the area. He railed against the overuse of resources, especially water. He loved to fish, but always returned the fish to their home.” ~ Terry Fitzgerald


“Carl was a gifted engineer on many levels. Specifically, his topographic surveys were alive with a sense of place and provided a wonderfully stimulating platform for the beginning of the creative process.” ~ Dick Munday

~ Editor’s note: Carl’s funeral took place on March 30 and his friends say it was a packed house. A celebration of life for Carl is being planned for May, date TBD.

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