Karl Joe West, 69, passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018. On March 31, 1949, L.F. West and his wife Inez, welcomed their little son, Karl, into the world. They already had a daughter, Helen and a couple of years later after Karl was born, they had another little girl, Diane. All three of the children were born in Twin Falls, Idaho. Karl’s dad was a farmer in Eden, Idaho. His mother, in addition to being a house wife, worked at Wescott’s Poultry Supply in Twin Falls as a Chicken Skinner. Karl and his sisters attended schools in Eden, one of them being, Valley School. Karl helped his dad on the farm from the time he was old enough until taking a job at the Amalgamated Sugar Factory in Twin Falls. He worked through one campaign before joining the Army, rather than becoming drafted. One and a half of his three years in the Army were spent in Vietnam, about forty-five miles west of Saigon. He became friends with some of the locals and learned about their method of electrical wiring, which was backwards from how it’s done in the United States. He served as a heavy equipment operator for the United States Army, after his watch on guard duty Karl would find a game of gambling with the guys. Karl enjoyed his time in Vietnam, especially his time playing cards with his friends.
After Karl’s time in the Army, he came home to Twin Falls and worked nineteen years for the sugar factory. Following his retirement, Karl took a job at Cactus Pete’s Resort Casino in Jackpot, Nevada. During his seven and a half years at the Casino Karl met a few famous singers.
Karl’s hobbies were playing pool and his favorite, gambling. His favorite game was craps with a high win of three hundred and sixty-one dollars, but the most he ever won was fourteen hundred dollars playing twenty-one.
During his life time he’s had two nick names. At the sugar factory they nick named him “RADAR” because they said he looked like Radar on the TV series of “MASH.” Then while in the Army the fellows called him “Short Round”. Karl would just smile when he talked about his nicknames.
His favorite foods were philly subs, tuna fish casserole (if it was fixed right), baked potatoes with all the fixings and german chocolate cake. Karl was a quiet fellow with a wonderful smile and a twinkle in his eye. From 1990 through 2001, Karl had major health issues and had a stroke in 2009 causing him to be in a wheelchair. Karl moved to Canyon West Health and Rehab in Caldwell and had very good care. In December 2017, Karl needed leg surgery due to a fall resulting in a broken leg. Beginning in January he was bed ridden and by February 2018, he was ready to go to heaven.
He is survived by his sisters Helen Enebo and Diane West. A Graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at Canyon Hill Cemetery. Service is under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.