Kregg Joseph Karpowich

Jan. 28, 1966 – April 26, 2016  

Doing everything his own way, which was usually the best way, Kregg was born a month before his time on Jan. 28, 1966, in Denver, Colo., and passed away long before his time on April 26, 2016, in Menlo Park, Calif. 

When Kregg was just 2 years old, he, his father, Peter, mother Meredith and sister Monica moved to California where they built a family home in El Granada Highlands. Kregg was contributing even at that early age, carrying around his own tools to help build the house wherever he could. 

Kregg attended local schools in El Granada and Half Moon Bay where he started swimming on the newly formed Cabrillo Clippers swim team. A strong competitor, Kregg traveled across the country winning medals and setting records from California to Maine. Qualified as a lifeguard and with many years of competition, Kregg also gave private swim lessons to Coastside children. Kregg, at 11 years old, with sister Monica, 13, spent a year working with a former Olympic coach in Ladera Oaks. Kregg continued his love of swimming later in life.  

Eager to start his own business, Kregg settled on the Peninsula starting his plumbing company, Menlo Atherton Plumbing Inc., and worked primarily in Menlo Park and Atherton. He also owned a water quality business, an audio/video business and a security business. Kregg was very capable and prided himself on his professional work ethic and quality service. He was a perfectionist and could be seen working through the night finishing design specifications for home and commercial water systems or creating sound systems in his audio/video showroom.

Kregg’s other passions were music and motorcycles. Kregg was known for traveling across the country following a favorite band and attending three concerts in three different cities on three consecutive days. Continuing his love for motorcycles, Kregg competed in Motocross and later introduced the sport to his son, Justin, who still races today. Kregg was very proud of Justin’s accomplishments and accompanied and encouraged him at every level and race opportunity.  

Kregg left us all too early with so many unfulfilled projects and future accomplishments. But, rest assured, he is probably looking down right now and accessing his next job opportunity. He was capable, admired and will be missed by many, friends and family.  

Also quite untimely, Kregg’s father, Peter, at 61, preceded him in death in 2003.  Now, sadly, Kregg leaves behind his adored son, Justin; his mother, Meredith; his sister, Monica, her husband, Brian, and children Brandon and Alexandra; brother Peter (P. J.), his wife, Angie, and son Rocco. He leaves his beloved sister, Jennifer, and her husband, Michael, and sons Dane, Cristiano and Luca. Kregg also leaves his Aunt Carol in Massachusetts and other aunts, uncles and cousins, from California to the East Coast. 

Kregg loved life and lived it completely and passionately. He was fully committed to family, friends, his work, motorcycles and music. Family and friends are invited to share in a celebration of his life at one of Kregg’s favorite Coastside places, the American Legion Hall, in Princeton, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. 

Please contact Meredith or Monica at (650) 465-1551 or at if  you are able to attend. We hope to see you and thank you for sharing in Kregg’s life.

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Brett Engstrom

A lot of good memories Karpo. Rest in peace.

Karen Plath

So sorry to here this news! Kregg was someone you couldn't help but notice at school. Charismatic and talented. While gone too soon, I'm pleased to see he lived a full life. Condolences to all his family and friends. Hugs especially to Monica whom I have fond memories of from school and swim team. Rest in peace Kregg.

Kendra Palmer Anderson

So sorry to hear about Kregg's passing. Way too soon. Blessings to his friends and family through this tough time.

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