Joseph Samuel Karp, a Preston native, died on June 8, 2013, after a year of struggle with cancer.

The fourth of five brothers, he was born on Aug. 9, 1925, the son of Michael and Sarah Trachtenberg Karp.

"Mook," a childhood nickname that stuck, attended Preston grade and high school. He worked summers as did his brothers, for various farmers in the area. Carl Johnson, Glen Hahn, Grant Engelbretsen and especially Truman and Olga Austin were families well remembered for their love of the land and many kindnesses to the brothers.

After the start of WW II, Mr. Karp left Preston and hitchhiked to Seattle, Wash., where he worked in the shipyards until enlisting in the Navy. After the war he settled in Santa Ana, Calif., where he worked many years for General Motors. Summer vacations usually drew him back to Preston to hike the bluffs and visit old friends.

Upon retirement, Mr. Karp moved to the small town of Medford, Ore., where he became a dealer and trader in antique toys. Through this work he made many friends and enjoyed traveling the western states. He also enjoyed golf and music.

He is survived by his youngest brother, Michael (Helen) Karp; sister-in-law, Aurora Karp, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by three brothers, Howard, Oscar and Harold (Chick); and by two nephews, Charles and John Karp.

A memorial service and internment will be held on Monday, July 1, at Eagle Point National Cemetery in Oregon. Condolences can be sent online to