Karl Edwin Bell, 83, died June 1, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Provo, Utah on July 14, 1929 Karl attended University of Utah and received a BFA and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. In 1954, he married Patricia Ann Neal of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Karl served in Korea in the Army Corps of Engineers receiving the National Defense Medal. He was discharged as a Captain. Upon returning to civilian life, Karl worked for Fred Markham, architect in Provo, Utah until he moved to New York City to work with Lathrop Douglas, shopping center expert, for two years. Karl and Pat moved to Denver in 1959 where Karl opened his own business. His legacy can be seen throughout the Denver area in the buildings he designed: the FAA Building, Evanston United Methodist Church, Aurora Humana Hospital, Greystone Castle and many churches and private homes.
Karl created restaurants throughout the U.S. for Specialty Restaurants. Locally, he designed Brittany Hill Restaurant and Chicago Joe’s, remodeled the Baby Doe, Chili Pepper and Sunbird Restaurants for Specialty Restaurants.
He was active in local politics as President of Bear Creek Water and Sanitation and ran for Jefferson County Commissioner in 1995.
Karen and David’s love of horseback riding with the Westernaires led Karl to instruct teams of riders and through the Westernaires, Karl and David ended up as extras on the miniseries ‘Centennial’.
With their golden retrievers, Pat and Karl volunteered their time with the Delta Society, visiting skilled nursing facilities and the Veterans Hospital, enhancing the lives of many. Karl’s favorite story was about a gentleman that was unresponsive…that is until Karl and Maggie visited. The resident woke up and was able to pet Maggie and enjoy their life for the first time in months.
Karl is survived by Patricia, his beloved wife of 59 years: children Kevin and wife Penny, Karen and husband Mark Wilson and David; three grandchildren, Ian and wife Rachel Bell, Nikki and Mary and Sister-in- Law, Melinda Anderson.
Karl would always light up when he was with his grandkids. He loved the log cabin in Idaho and fly fishing. His sense of humor and love of life will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s Church ACC, 2290 S. Clayton Street, Denver, on Friday June 7 at 10:00.