Charles Anson Graham
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September 3, 1915 - February 13, 2013
Resident of Boulder Creek
Charles Anson Graham, 97, passed away in Salinas on Feb 13, 2013. A native of Viola, Kansas, he graduated from Viola High School and later attended the University of California, Berkeley where he received his BS and MS degrees in Forestry.
Charles came to California in 1933 and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1939, he went to work for the US Forest Service and was stationed at the San Joaquin Experimental Range (the Range) in Madera County. It was while working there, that he met Harriet and they married in 1941. After serving in World War II from 1943-45, he used his GI Bill to complete his education in Berkeley, working part time for the Forest Service. In 1953, Charles moved his family back to the Range where he worked as Superintendent until 1965. During this period he completed his life long ambition to fly and purchased his beloved red and white Cessna 170. In 1965, he and Harriet took a United Nations foreign assignment in Teheran, Iran. Returning to Fresno in 1966, he completed his career at the Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station until his retirement in 1973. He and Harriet decided to retire in Boulder Creek where they built their home. He joined the Scotts Valley Historical Society and supervised the restoration of the Hiram D. Scott House. He enjoyed restoring antiques and fixing anything broken, as well as playing with his vintage automobiles. He was a lifelong member of the Society of Range Management and California Alumni of Foresters.
Known to all as Papa Charlie, he is survived by his wife of nearly 72 years, Harriet; his daughter Charlene R. Duval of Santa Cruz; three grandsons (Robert Detlefs, Peter Detlefs and Rick Laffey); three great granddaughters (Amethyst Laffey, Maren Detlefs, and Eleanor Detlefs); and a sister Ruth Teal of Florida. He was preceded in death by his oldest daughter Glory Anne Laffey and grandson John Laffey. Private graveside services will be held at the Los Gatos Memorial Park, and family and friends will share a celebration of his life in the near future.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Feb. 17, 2013