5/25/1957 ~ 8/12/2018
Karl Spencer Bessey, 61, of Ephraim died Sunday August 12, 2018 after a brave seven month battle with cancer. He was born May 25, 1957 in Mt Pleasant, the only son of Douglas Lee Bessey and Sibyl Olsen Bessey of Ephraim.In 1977 he married JoAnn “Lita” Loosle in Las Vegas, NV. They had 4 children together. In 2018 he remarried to Cathy Noel Werking at the Sanpete County Courthouse in Manti.
Karl was employed at Deer Creek Mine for 22 years where he was a certified electrician and fire boss and was well loved by his coworkers for his work ethic and sense of humor. Karl served his community and fellow workers as an EMT and first responder and was the first rescue crew member to reach the bodies of 27 miners who died in the Wilberg Mine fire of 1984. He brought out the first body recovered in the tragedy. Karl was a member of the United Mine Workers of America.
In his 40s Karl began a second career in marketing and cofounded Wealth Masters International, a wealth education company that impacted tens of thousands of people in over 100 countries. He later served as Chief Operating Officer of Lifestyle Design International, an online business education company.
He leaves behind his beloved wife Cathy and her children Lauren and Josh of Middletown, MD, his first daughter Jaqueline and her husband Jeff Lerner and their children Braxton, Jace, Jada, and Stella of Santa Clara, UT, his second daughter Rachel and her husband Mayk Wienkötter of Stuttgart, Germany, and his son Sean and his wife Katie and their children Joah and Smith of American Fork. He also leaves behind his mother Sibyl, his sister Lynda and her husband Jeff Gallagher of Las Vegas, NV and his sister Joan of Portland, OR. He was predeceased by his son Adam who passed away as an infant.
Karl loved sports and was a talented athlete as a youth. He had a true passion for the outdoors and was often found hunting, fishing, camping, or spending time “on the mountain.” He was much loved by his community and his home was always open to his “extended family” made up of his many dear friends. Among many remarkable traits, Karl was known for his habit of showing interest and kindness to strangers. He will be missed.
Funeral Services are planned for August 25th at Snow College Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 300 E Center St, Ephraim. The family will receive visitors beginning at 10 am followed by a life celebration service at 11 am. Online condolence at rasmussenmortuary.com