A Chapter in Big Bear History Closes With Today’s Passing of Tim Sweet

Tim Sweet, honored here for 25 years of service to CSD in 2008, went above and beyond in his contributions to Big Bear history.

Big Bear City, CA — The Valley has lost one of its champions of Big Bear history with today’s passing of Tim Sweet. Sweet, a sewer foreman for the Big Bear City Community Services District, had lived most of his 55 years in the Big Bear Valley and, with wife Kim, made countless contributions to the Big Bear Historical Museum, where they served as volunteer curators for nearly 10 years, while also serving as historians and co-hosts of the “Big Bear History Show” on Channel 6 for seven years. Sweet passed away in the early morning hours today, March 8, due to a heart attack and, says longtime friend Marge McDonald, who baked the wedding cake for Tim and Kim Sweet 30some years ago, “He was just a wonderful, wonderful person.” The Sweets, who have lived in the Big Bear Valley for over 40 years, also raised their son Brandon here; he is now a college student in Santa Cruz. In a conversation with KBHR today, CSD’s General Manager Mike Mayer expressed, “The Community Services District is deeply saddened by the loss of a very dedicated and hard-working employee, who has been with us for 27 years.  We pray for our loving God to comfort his wife Kim and their family.” Rick Keppler, producer of “The Big Bear History Show” says that the Sweets had just wrapped their 24th episode (now in post-production) and, of friend Tim, he says, “He was one of the most laid-back, friendly people I’ve ever met. Everybody liked Tim Sweet.”

Sweet moment: Tim and Kim Sweet, here with friend and producer Rick Keppler, at the Big Bear dam in 2004 for filming of one of 24 episodes of the "Big Bear History Show." (Photo courtesy Rick Keppler)

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