Karl E. Hixson passed away on March 10th at his residence. He was born in Kamas, UT and moved with his family to Sunnyvale CA at the age of 14. Karl later moved to Campbell where he lived for the last 45 years. At the age of 18 he joined the Navy; after which he started a family with Carola Barton. Karl went in to the vending business and studied business nights at SJSU where he received his bachelor's degree.
Starting in 1986 he ran his own vending business until retiring in 2006. He loved retirement and jokingly commented that he should have done it a lot earlier. In 2003 he married Toody Kempf. He and Toody very much enjoyed each other and have had a life full of golfing, traveling and visiting family. In 2005 they joined the San Jose Country Club where they have been active members of a wonderful community.
Karl is survived by his wife Toody, his two children, Ray Hixson and Shannon Balcer, and grandchildren Ian Hixson, Julian Hixson, Sarabeth Balcer and Nick Balcer. He is also survived by his sister Colleen Leonesio and brother Barry Hixson.
He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends for his honest, down to earth style and great sense of humor.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital https://www.stjude.org/, an organization that Karl was very fond of.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105