March 8, 1960 - June 6, 2013
Carmen Altemueller, 53, practically a lifelong resident of the Carson Valley died June 6, 2013 after a short battle with a terminal condition. Carmen was born March 8, 1960 to Christoph and Renate Altemueller in Lexington, KY. Carmen is preceded in death by her mother, Renate. Carmen is survived by her longtime life partner, Doyle Holden; her father, Christoph; her brother, Klaus Altemueller, of Las Vegas; her half sister, Eleanor who lives in Germany; her nephew, Brandon Altemueller of Redding, CA and her niece, Jaylene Altemueller of Roseville, CA.
Carmen is best known for her love of Arabian horses and was a very accomplished breeder and trainer. Her horses were her life, and her brand was all related to “Fire”. Her pride and joy was all about that theme. Her license plate even said “FireUp”, and she was. Carmen had a way of living that was passionate, robust and full of fun. Some of her horses were “Fire”, “Miss Fire”, “Imafire”, “Autumn Fire”, and “Bint Miss”, to name a few. Fire was her most prized stallion.
She was very well known in the community and her loyalty as a friend was unrivaled and unconditional. Carmen would do anything for anyone, and had a very loving soul. To describe her, one would say that perhaps she was a bit rough around the edges, but that was one of the traits that those who knew her loved about her. What you saw, was what you got. There were no bones made about it. Carmen was very direct, but at the same time she was not unkind. Things were just they way they were and there was no hesitation to let someone know.
In her last days, Carmen was constantly surrounded by family and friends. There were so many at times it was difficult to keep track of everyone, but it was certainly a testament to her. Carmen was comfortable and resting peacefully at home, surrounded by close friends when she passed.
On Saturday, June 15 there will be a fund raising effort to help care for the horses that were under Carmen’s care, coupled with a short memorial service. This will be a celebration of life event starting at 2 p.m. at the BR Ranch located at 1668 Pine Nut Road. There will be a BBQ at 4 p.m., a no host bar, a silent auction, a DJ with dancing, karaoke, a short open mic, and more. BBQ admission will be of no charge, but donations will be accepted. There will be pictures of Carmen with some of her past horses. If anyone has a picture they would like to share, please bring it along. Anyone who is unable to attend but would like to help, deposits can be made at any branch of Bank of America to the account 501015828271. Any funds remaining after her expenses have been covered will be used to establish a memorial scholarship.