Chuck H. "Sonny" Caines (1935 - 2014)

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Chuck "Sonny" H. Caines
7/2/1935 - 12/20/2013




Chuck “Sonny” H. Caines of Garrison, N. Y. passed away on December 20th, 2013 in his home in Folsom, Calif., with his son, Birch, and longtime friend Paul Bryant at his bedside.
He was born on July 2, 1935 to Harriet and Holly Birch Caines. He was 78 years old.
Chuck is survived by his son Birch, grandchildren, Miranda and John Reno, brother, Arnold Birch, and two sisters, Holly Ann and Belle, as well as many nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his eldest sister Dixie May.
Chuck migrated to California while driving a truck with his Father for Dean Van Lines. Chuck enlisted in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, served six years and quickly rose to the rank of Master Sergeant serving in the 25th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing F-86 Sabre Jet Squadron. He was a top notched trouble shooter for jet engines from the F-86 Sabre, all the way through the F105 series jet aircrafts. After the military Chuck continued to serve his country during the cold war as a flight line mechanic and jet engine instructor at Mather, AFB. While settling in Folsom, Calif., in the late 60s’, Chuck took the job with the City of Folsom as a Reserve Officer. Chuck went on to attend the Sheriff Academy and graduated at the top of the class. After graduating he received a degree in Forensics Sciences he worked for the Folsom Police Department for six years training junior officers as a Sergeant.
Chuck returned to serving the Federal government as Head Security Officer for the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation’s Folsom Dam Office. He was also the Bureau’s Public Relations Specialist and Photographer. Chuck retired with 30 years of faithful and superior service. While with the Bureau, he gave tours to ten's of thousands of people while educating them about hydroelectric power, local history and reclamation.
Chuck was well known in Folsom, Calif., He participated in many youth activities in Folsom such as Coaching Little League Baseball, for many years bringing the organization out of debt to having a positive balance after four years as President. He was also active with local Boy Scout Troop 97, serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster who helped many youth achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
Chuck was well known for being involved in protecting history in Folsom and was avid in saving it. He took an active role in preserving the Chung Wah Cemetery, building a monument to mark the corner of Folsom where Theodore Judah took his first two compass readings, preserved original survey markers for the city, protected the train turn table that was in the process of being destroyed, and collected a massive amount of historical information of the area.
Chuck loved his country. He was the 4th of five generations of Caines, and that served during wartime for his country. The Caines' men have served in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, as well as other conflicts.
He loved his family and had many friends. He was always first to help with a smile and a handshake.
A time of gathering and celebration of life will be held July 3, 2014 at the Folsom V.F.W. on 1300 Forrest Street from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. All are cordially invited to attend. Please come and visit with friends, family and co-workers of Chucks, enjoy refreshments and share stories of Chuck’s life. He will not soon be forgotten.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on June 24, 2014
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