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Charles David Center


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Charles David Center Obituary
Charles David Center
Charles David Center, 78, of Smartsville, CA, passed away June 14, 2017, in Smartsville following a brave battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was a Yuba County resident since 1949.

Charles was born in Wagoner, OK, on May 30, 1939. He graduated from Marysville High School in 1956, and Yuba College in 1958. He attended UOP College of Pharmacy for one year before transferring to Oregon State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1963.

While in Oregon, Charles met the love of his life, Marilyn. His practice of pharmacy began in 1964, at Payless Drug in Marysville, CA. In 1969, he became owner and operator of Olivehurst Drug Store, where he practiced until his retirement in 2007.

Charles' involvement in the community and his accomplishments were many. He was elected as a Yuba County Supervisor in 1980, and served one term. He was elected to the Marysville Joint Unified School District board of trustees in 1985, and served for thirteen years. He served as vice-chair, then chair, of the Smartsville Fire Protection District board of directors from 2014, to 2017. He served as Olivehurst-Linda Little League President and was a supporter and volunteer with the local Boy Scouts of America.

Charles is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marilyn, of Smartsville, CA; brother Ronald Center of Yuba City, CA; sister Brandi Sekulich of Milford, KS; son Donald Center of Olivehurst, CA; son Jonathan Center (Michelle) of Sacramento, CA; daughter Kaci Navarro (Jesse) of Marysville, CA; five grandchildren, Teja Butler, Alina Center, Kinsey Center, Damarco Navarro, and Maddox Navarro, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard Center and Etta Center, and a brother, Larry Center.

Charles loved life and his family was the center of it. He changed the lives of many with his friendship and mentoring throughout the years. His sense of humor and quick wit will be greatly missed. Until Charles was slowed down by his illness, he had 2lived life to the fullest.

A celebration of life is planned at the First United Methodist Church, Marysville, CA, Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Charles' name may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 11270 Rough and Ready Road, Grass Valley, CA, 95945.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from June 16 to June 18, 2017
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