Carl was born in Fargo, N.D. to Carl and Anna (Schultz) Bjugstad of Sheldon, N.D. Dec. 9, 1948. Carl, better known as Marty, resided in Sheldon N.D. all of his life. He graduated from Sheldon High School. He also spent time in the US Navy stationed aboard the USS Tulare. Following his discharge he worked for Jalbert Oil. He later purchased and operated the company as Marty’s Bulk Service.
Starting in 1994 he traveled extensively as a professional driver employed by E. W. Wylie Corporation of Fargo, N.D. He won many safety awards, travelling 2,000,000 miles accident free since 1994. He competed in the ND Motor Carrier Association’s Professional Driving Competitions, winning many trophies including 1st place and grand champion in 2010. He traveled to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the National Competition that same year. Driving truck was a passion for him.
As a member of the Sheldon Community he was active in the Enderlin/Sheldon Rural Fire Department. He also participated in the Sheldon Lions Club, American Legion, and spent many years as a member of the Sheldon City Council as councilman and Mayor.
He married Carole Koppinger in 1973 and they had three sons: Chris (Heidi) of Maple Grove, Minn., Brian (fiancée Erin Huus and her daughter Sydney) of Fargo, N.D. and Eric (Casey) of West Fargo. N.D. He also had four grandchildren: Braeden, Mya, Wyatt and Sawyer.
He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren, brother, Charles (Arla) of Lisbon, N.D., Sisters Josie Corn of Page, Ariz., Arlene Froemke of Lisbon, N.D., Herma Redetzke of Edgemont, S.D., Mother-In Law Sylvia Koppinger, Brothers–in–Law Jerry (LaVerne) Koppinger of Dickinson, N.D., Dan Koppinger of San Diego, Calif., Al Koppinger(Cindy) of Dickinson, N.D., Howard Koppinger of Sidney Mont., Tim (Janet) Koppinger of Fargo, N.D., Sisters–in–Law Kathy Koppinger of Union City, N.J., Barb (AJ) Olson of Monticello, Minn. and Laura Koppinger of Chandler, Ariz.