Carl Andrew Rasmussen was born to Peter and Ella Rasmussen in Greeley, Colorado, on Sept. 13, 1919. Carl grew up working on the family farm alongside his seven brothers and sisters – Harold, Burt, Paul, Kenneth, Gladys and Fern. His father, an immigrant from Denmark, believed a person needed to earn their place at the table, and the Rasmussen children learned the value of a good day’s work and a job well done.
During World War II, Carl served honorably in the United States Navy Seabees in Okinawa. After returning home, Carl and his bride, Hazel, moved to Southern California for the weather. They stayed for the family and the business. Together, they had five children: Dean, Larry, Charles, Ella, and James.
Carl worked as an operator and superintendent for L.M. Wilson Construction Company for 13 years before striking out on his own. More than 50 years later, the company that bears his name – C. A. Rasmussen, Inc. – continues to be a leading general engineering contractor in Southern California. Carl’s tradition of maintaining a strong sense of family has endured as Carl’s grandson, Adam Rasmussen, is the third generation to join the company’s work force.
In 1988, Carl was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and he passed away in May the following year. Before his diagnosis, Carl sold his shares of of the company to his sons and was able to enjoy his retirement years raising horses and playing with his grandchildren.
Carl was a man of his word and taught his sons many of the values he learned growing up on his family’s farm: work hard, be honest, and keep your family close.