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Karl died Feb 26, 2006, of pancreatic cancer. He was 59. Karl graduated from high school in Baker and studied forestry at Oregon State and the University of Nevada. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968, including three years in Vietnam. He worked for the U.S. Forest service for 35 years including 16 as a smokejumper. He was also the assistant regional fire cache manager for the Pacific Northwest. Karl jumped at Redmond 1971-86.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Petty, Karl J. (Redmond 1971)" (2006). Smokejumper Obituaries. 1100.