Karl Frederick Heiss and his wife, Marisa Bauducco-Heiss, died in an auto accident near Olympia, Wash., on Oct. 3, 2008. They were on a trip from their home in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to visit his parents in Malibu and ultimately to visit her parents in Ushuia, Argentina. Their 6-year-old son son, Alden, survived in excellent health. Their 11-year-old daughter, Aliana, suffered brain injury and is in Children's Hospital in Seattle, Wash.
Karl was born March 20, 1965, in Los Angeles, Calif. Marisa was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Oct. 11, 1966.
Karl graduated from Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica, Calif. He received a bachelor of arts degree in creative writing at California State University at Northridge, as well as being an active participant in their notable music program. Marisa attended the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as a sociology major before coming to the United States 24 years ago.
The couple operated a website business, importing tea from Argentina and selling it around the world. They also home schooled their children.
Karl is survived by his parents, Fred and Anna Belle (Reams) Heiss, of Malibu, and his sister Maia, of Malibu. Anna Belle (Reams) Heiss is a former Barry County resident and a graduate of Cassville High School.
Marisa is survived by her mother, Violeta Conti, three sisters and one brother, all of Ushuia, Argentina, and her father Raul Bauducco, of northern Argentina.
The couple's children, who survive, are presently in Seattle under the care of their grandparents.
A memorial service was held in Bonners Ferry in November. Memorial tributes can be sent to www.karlandmarisa.com.
Friends of the family have set up a trust for the children. It is the "Bauducco-Heiss Children Fund", Wells Fargo Bank, 6720 Main St. #5631 Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805.