Carl Joseph Cozad

Carl passed away at Grays Harbor Community Hospital on Sunday Jan 5, 2020. He was 70 years old. He was born to Judith Cozad and Charles Zimmerman on April 3, 1949 in Tiffin, Ohio. The family moved to Seattle and then Aberdeen when Carl was young. Carl graduated from Rochester High School in 1966 and enlisted in the Army in 1969, where he served his country proudly as a photographer in South Korea during the Vietnam War.

After being discharged from the Army in 1971, he made his way to Seattle, where he owned and ran Carl’s Dairy, worked for Alaskan Copper & Brass as a sales representative and also enjoyed work in landscaping. Carl moved to Quinault in 1988, where he started work in one of various positions he held at the Lake Quinault Lodge over the past 32 years, including landscaper, manager, waiter, bartender, host and boat tour guide, where he earned the nickname Captain Sandbar. He truly enjoyed all the relationships made with coworkers and guests. Many guests sent him words of thanks and personally asked for him when they returned to the lodge from all around the world. It was at the Lake Quinault Lodge where he met his wife of 26 years, Cathleen, in 1991. They were married in Humptulips on August 14, 1993, on her family’s property. In 1994, they were blessed with the arrival of their daughter, Erica Ann, and in 1997, their son Robin Bennett Carl. Carl’s children were the light of his life and he was an extremely proud dad. They made their home in Humptulips in 1999, where the family still resides.

Carl was always kind, welcoming, generous, and helpful to all he encountered — he never met a stranger. Carl could be heard from a mile away and his humor and laugh were infectious. He was always the life of the room. Carl was an accomplished photographer, seeing the beauty in everything and everyone. Golf was his passion, enjoying many rounds each year with friends and family, including his nephew Chris Cozad whom he held a very special relationship with. He proudly made a hole in one at Jackson Park in Seattle and enjoyed a round at Pebble Beach, California. Carl was a member of the Quinault Community Theatre, having enjoyed playing many roles in various productions. He also was an avid reader, especially of history. He enjoyed the outdoors and the many animal companions he has had throughout the years including his special goat named Gertie. Carl was a loving husband, dad, son, brother, cousin, uncle and friend. He will be terribly missed by all who knew him. May we all have comfort in knowing he is in heaven among family and friends who lovingly greeted him and waiting to greet us with open arms when it’s our turn to go.

Carl is survived by his wife Cathleen at their Humptulips home, daughter Erica Cozad of Humptulips, son Robin Cozad of Hawaii, brothers John Zimmerman of Butte, Montana, Jim (Christina) Cozad of Navarre, Florida, Jerry (Donna) Cozad of Malone, Washington, and Steve (Maria) Cozad of Denver, Colorado, a sister Mari Reed of Shelton, Washington, and many counsins, neices and nephews. Carl is preceded in death by his mother, Judith Cozad, his father, Charles Zimmerman, his stepfather, Kenneth Cozad, and his brother Richard Cozad.

A celebration of life will be held on May 9, place and time to be determined. Memorial donations can be made to the Lake Quinault Museum, PO Box 35, Quinault, WA 98575.

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