In memory of
Johannes Christoffer Carmiggelt
Johannes Christoffer Carmiggelt LAKEPORT, Calif. Johannes (Hans) Christoffer Carmiggelt passed away peacefully in his Lakeport home on December 12, 2016. He was 94 years old. Hans was born in Utrecht, Holland, on May 18, 1922, to Jan and Jootje Carmiggelt. He came of age during very hard times in Europe and served in the Dutch resistance movement for the duration of World War II. In later years he enjoyed regaling friends and family with stories of his war time experiences. He was a master sailor and put his talents to work sailing the canals of Holland, undertaking acts of sabotage against the Nazis, who maintained a brutal occupation of their country. He and his fellow resistance comrades helped their friends and families survive the war and eventually reclaim their country after the German surrender. Hans had the honor of being issued the first sailing instructor's license by the post war Dutch government. In 1945 Hans moved to Indonesia as an employee of H.B.M., a Dutch Oil Company, as a civil engineer. He assisted designing and construction management of numerous airports and commercial building projects in Indonesia. Hans and Hennie started their family in Indonesia with Hennie giving birth to son, Coen, and daughter, Olga. In 1958 the family returned to Holland because of the new unstable government. In March of 1960 Hans, with family, immigrated to the United States, settling in Southern California. In 1965 he discovered Lake County and was hired by the Lake County Public Works Department. Hans' construction accomplishments are still on display here. He was proudest of the design and construction of public boat launching ramps that he did that remain in service today around the lake. In 1981 Hans retired and devoted full time to his lifelong passion of sailing. He served multiple terms as commodore of the Lakeport Yacht Club, which, coincidentally, was designed by his father, an architect, while on vacation in Lakeport. Hans sailed competitively for many years, winning numerous trophies, including the Konocti Half Cup. Hans was preceded in death by Hennie, his wife of 52 years; his son, Coen; and his brother, Walter. He is survived by daughter, Olga Racine (Paul); grandchildren, Paul "P.J." Racine (Sausha), and Tara Racine (Raoul Belleau); six great-granddaughters; stepdaughter, Elsien Beens; and grandson, Jeroen Van Den Berg. A celebration of life and party will be held on or about June 3rd, 2017, at Hans' home.
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