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Co-owner of popular Citrus Heights kayak shop dies at 56

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Carl Haussmann, co-owner of Kayak City in Citrus Heights, passed away on Oct. 28, 2019. // Image courtesy, Kayak City

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Carl Frederick Haussmann, co-owner of Adventure Sports – Kayak City in Citrus Heights, passed away on Oct. 28 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 56.

According to an obituary published on Sunday in The Sacramento Bee, Haussmann “was known for his mischievous and jokester personality and the wild and crazy stories of his youth that will be shared with the generations to come.”

Carl co-owned Kayak City along with his brother, Eric Haussmann, for nearly three decades. In an interview with The Sentinel earlier this year, Haussmann called his shop “the largest kayak-exclusive shop in the U.S.” and said the pair had moved the showroom to Citrus Heights two years ago from a former location on El Camino Avenue in Sacramento.

The 7,000-square-foot showroom is now located near the intersection of Antelope Road and Auburn Boulevard, at 7812 Auburn Blvd.

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“Carl was very proud of the success of the business and looked forward to going to work every day, working with the staff, friends and their long-time and new customers,” his obituary says.

A woman posting a comment in Haussmann’s online obituary said he will be missed and praised him for giving her son “the opportunity to work and to love his job.”

Haussmann is survived by his wife and daughter, as well as his brother and extended family. He is preceded in death by his parents, and one brother.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 11 a.m., on Nov. 23, in Lincoln. A street address was not listed in the obituary.

Read Carl Haussmann’s full obituary online: click here.

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