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Charles Latimer Callahan

October 30, 1932 ~ May 1st, 2014

Charlie, 81 years young, was born in Seattle, WA to Charles Preston Callahan and Margaret Latimer Callahan. Raised with his younger sister Susan at a family home on Three Tree Point, he attended Highline H.S. but graduated from Shawnigan Lake School in Victoria, BC. He earned a degree in electrical engineering at the Univ. of WA and was a member of Phi Kappa Tau. Serving as an Army 1st Lieutenant at Fort Eustis, he met his future wife, Judith (Jeri). Married in 1958 they moved to Burien, WA where they were blessed with 3 children. Charlie worked as an engineer with Boeing until 1976 when he took a job with Tesdata, and moved the family to Virginia. In 1982 he returned to his beloved Northwest where he rejoined Boeing until retirement in 1995, living in Bellevue, WA. Always a gracious and generous host, he relished great food and drink, and was always up for a celebration. Later in life his outgoing nature and love of music and culture inspired his attendance and support of opera, ballet, and theatre. Charlie was a loving family man who enjoyed travel. He frequently spent time with his children and their families, often traveling cross-country by train, and also made annual flights to visit cousins in New Zealand. He was known for his boundless energy and willingness to build or fix anything. He utilized his skills for those in need, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and hurricane Katrina projects. He was a devout Episcopalian - serving on the vestry, singing in choir, and helping out with every church he regularly attended. He passed away in Stanwood, WA surrounded by his family.

Charlie is survived by his 3 children, Keith (Teresa) Callahan of Falls Church, VA, Constance (Jeff) Stubbins of Stanwood, WA, John (Denise) Callahan of Eugene, OR; his sister Sue Champness of Santa Cruz, CA; and former spouse Jeri Callahan of Seattle; as well as many cousins, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all. A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on June 28th at All Saints Episcopal Church in Bellevue, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

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Published in The Seattle Times on May 18, 2014
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