Carl Albert Lechtenberg completed his mortal sojourn Saturday, December 17th at 9:20am at home with his family at the age of 95.
Carl was born October 26, 1927 in Ogden Utah to Carlisle and Marie Lechtenberg. His humble start in life was soon wrought with many challenges. Helping raise his 3 siblings, he still managed to receive an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, complete an education at Weber State College in Ogden Utah, and the University of Oregon in Eugene, and survive the Great Depression. He received undergrad degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Business Administration Management. He was a prolific musician whose love for music began with his father’s tutoring on the trumpet, and who gave him his gift of music. He used this gift to play in the 323rd Army Band in Fort Sam Houston, Texas in addition to many others including a dance orchestra he organized “the Sky Liners” to help finance his education and send money home during the war.
Carl was a devoted Catholic for many years. He received training and graduated from St. Josephs Parochial School in Ogden before graduating from Ogden High School in 1945. We are grateful for the training and love he received as a young man from our Catholic friends in these formative years.
Carl met the love of his life, Nada Ione Robins and they were married on August 18, 1951 in Nada’s home in Ogden Utah. On February 11, 1954, they were sealed in the LDS Manti Temple for Time and Eternity.
Carl and Nada promptly began life’s adventure together by moving to the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. On April 1, 1954 he got a job as a scheduling clerk at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Van Nuys. Within a couple of years he was able to help his little brother, Jon, to get on at the plant as well, where He ultimately retried as one of the plant Directors. Carl moved from San Fernando to North Hollywood / Panorama City to make travel easier. He was later promoted in 1958 from the GM plant to work in Bakersfield as a District Manager Trainee for Chevrolet Motor Division because of his performance and business degree. His career with Chevrolet then took him to San Diego, and ultimately back to Salt Lake City. In 1970, he received the National Business Manager of the year award and retired as the Zone Business Manager, Salt Lake City in 1984. He declined 5 regional promotions in Oakland, California, and 3 National Promotions to Detroit Michigan for “family reasons”. After 31 years, the last declination initiated his retirement from General Motors.
Shortly thereafter, Carl was asked by Chrysler Corporation to run their Auction in West Bountiful which he did for 5.5 years. Additionally, he created and operated a stereo Hi/Fi home theater business which was his passion (aside from Nada). He designed and installed over 200 custom home theater systems in Utah and Idaho.
Carl’s love for God, Family and the Underdog, was above everything. He’d do battle with Godzilla to fix an injustice or right a wrong, but was still the “ultimate peacemaker”. He always strived for harmony and goodwill with family, friends, and associates. Carl’s positive sense of humor was only outweighed by his boundless energy. His fierce love of family made him famous for his parties and sleepovers with kids and grandkids, which he organized to perfection. He served in several Church callings, but his favorites were with the Youth and with the Widows as a Stake Missionary with Nada (and he loved short, precise meetings). He enjoyed sharing his home theater / sound system with youth groups and friends across the Wasatch Front and taught many life lessons as he did it. He loved fishing, motorcycles, ATV’s, hiking, and the outdoors as well as the annual Consumer Electronic Show in Vegas, as long as he did it with family or friends.
Carl was not a wealthy man in material terms, but he learned from a young age how to do A LOT with A Little. This was the source of His Wealth along with his love and selflessness. Whatever he had, he would share it – be it financial, spiritual, or physical. He always had enough to give of himself.
He was brilliant! A master of creating some funny little problems that never should have happened – and an absolute master at solving and fixing the big life problems no one else could or would , and then not letting them “ruin” the day.
Papa, we love and honor you. To a Great Man, a Good Man and a Great Guy – until we meet again!
Carl is survived by his sweetheart and wife of 71 years, Nada Robins Lechtenberg and his little sister June Durr (Ken), sister-in-law Carol Lechtenberg, along with their 4 sons: Brent (Ellen), Dan (Linda), Craig (Lisa), and Lyle (Jayne) Lechtenberg, 15 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. He is proceeded in death by his mother Marie, father Carlisle, sister Christine, brother Jon, grandson Danny J, and great-grandson Owen.
Funeral services for Carl will be held on Friday December 23, 2022 at 11 AM. This will be held at an LDS church located at 1190 East Bountiful Hills Drive, Bountiful, UT. A viewing for Immediate family will be held at the same location prior to services beginning at 9 AM until 9:30 AM. The viewing will then be opened to the public from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Interment will follow the church services at Memorial Lakeview Cemetery.
The family wishes to express a special thanks to Debbie, Jennifer, and all of the staff at Applegate Homecare and Hospice for their help and assistance with taking care of Carl.Service Information
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1190 East Bountiful Hills Drive, Bountiful, UT
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1190 East Bountiful Hills Drive, Bountiful, UT