Carl Lynn Witten, 78 years-old, passed away January 14, 2020, in Bakersfield, California.
He was born January 19, 1941, in Tulare, Calif., son of the late Jess Lynn Witten and Beatrice Lulu (Tait) Witten.
He is survived by his children Jess and his wife Pamela Witten of Weldon, Calif.; Carleen (Witten) and her husband Tim Bencoma of Onyx, Calif.; sisters Norma Ward of Woodlake, Calif. and Noreen Wells of South Dakota. His grandchildren Kimberly Kemp, Forrest Chico, and Cole Bencoma. great-grandchildren Marisa June; James, Christopher, Brit, and Krista Witten; Austin and Aubrey Kemp; and Jacob Chico; including several nieces and nephews.
He was in the Tulare National Guard and graduated from Tulare Union High School where he received the outstanding Vocational Auto Mechanic Award. He had exceptional mechanical aptitude and a very high I.Q. On November 21, 1959, he married Ella (Louise) White Witten.
He had worked as a Mechanic for Alice Chamber Tractor, John Deer, and Quinn Company. Then, he started a business for himself called Witten Road & Field Service by making mechanical repairs to different farmers’ equipment. In 1963, he took a job in Johnsondale by working for Mt.
Whitney Lumber Co. The following year, he started working for JJ Hearn Logging, and in 1971, he purchased his first logging truck which was the beginning of Carl Witten Trucking which he had until he retired.
Carl was always a racing enthusiast, and it seemed to be in his blood. He had been in the pit crew for his friends that were drag racing and entered several destruction derbies. In 1970, he built his first race car and raced at Porterville’s Rocky Hill Raceway and later at Bakersfield Speedway. He enjoyed going to and watching the NASCAR races. Another one of his hobbies was Square Dancing. He would always say that he was going to chase the “fat girls.” He was very inventive, and he could create any thing that came to his mind. One of the most recent projects was the Kawasaki motorcycle with a Mercury Topaz car that he named his Mercisaki and often road it. When he was not up and down the road or making something in the shop, he liked looking out his window from his South Lake home that he moved into in 1979 after Johnsondale’s Mill had closed. If a tree grew too big in his front yard and blocked his view of the lake, it would have to come out.
He is preceded in death by his parents Jess and Beatrice Witten, wife Ella Louise Witten, brother Thomas Witten, and grandson Christopher Witten.
Please come and join us for a Celebration of Life Memorial will be held on Saturday, March 7, at the Eagles in Mt. Mesa at 1:30 p.m.