Charles Henry Hein II Charles Henry Hein II (Charlie), longtime farm manager, passed away peacefully in Anacortes, Washington, on Monday, November 25, 2013. Born on Groundhog's Day, February 2, 1941, Charlie grew up on a farm, surrounded by orange groves, and graduated from Woodlake High School. He went on to graduate from UC Berkeley where he majored in Agricultural Economics. After graduating from college, Charlie was drafted into the Vietnam War with the United States Army where he served his country. After his service, he returned to the Valley, and to agriculture, and began work with Superior Farming. Eventually, Charlie became a farm manager and later established Hein Ranch Company. He was a third generation Sunkist grower and was proud to continue the family tradition of farming. Charlie believed a business deal could be made with a handshake, was faithful to friends and always willing to help those in need. He was a man of his word. Charlie loved to have fun and even ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. He loved to fly and became an instrument rated airplane pilot and encouraged family and friends to get their pilot's license. He enjoyed the Kern County Basque Heritage and frequented the Pyrenees, Noriega's and The Wool Growers. He was a hard worker, loved socializing with "spirits," and having a good time-even if it meant he had to kidnap you to partake! Charlie took great pleasure in surprising or startling his friends with the shooting of his cannon. Having worked during his youth in Silver City in Mineral King, he loved reminiscing about the old Mineral King and his longtime friends. Many have said he was a "great man." His most memorable moments were the ones he lived with his family and friends in the San Joaquin Valley. He had five wonderful grandchildren who loved their "Papa Charlie." Charlie is survived by his wife of 9 years, Dolly Maxwell Hein; three sons, Charles Henry III (Dena), Martin (Kathryn) and Michael; five grandchildren, Ellie, Margaux, Elise, Jack and Emily; and other family and friends, including Barbara Hein. He was preceded in death by his younger siblings, Elizabeth "Liz" Hein DuRose and brothers, James "Jimmy" and George Hein; and his parents, Charles Hein and Ruby Gibson Cady. He will always have a special place in our hearts and will never be forgotten. Gentlemen start your Engines!
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Dec. 11, 2013