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Charles "Charley" Trantina

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Trantina, Charles "Charley"
September 21, 1929 - November 20, 2015. Charley was born in the Czech community of Dante in South Dakota. He was a baby of the Great Depression and arrived on September 21, 1929, to Charles and Tillie Trantina, local merchants in the rural area of Southeast Dakota. Upon his arrival, the family moved their business 8 miles away to the town of Wagner where the high school would be more accessible. After graduating, it was decided that Yankton College would be a logical choice. His college days brought some success in oratory and debate. Upon graduation from college in 1951, the Korean conflict was awaiting most graduates and he spent the next 4 years in the USAF Financial Division. Upon leaving the Air Force, Charley moved to Arizona and was a Junior High teacher for the next 3 years. Salesmanship was always a challenge that he wanted to pursue and in 1958, he affiliated with State Farm Insurance Company and established his agency. The business began in Phoenix, later moving to Sun City. He spent 38 years providing security to families. During this period, he was recognized as one of the top leaders in sales in Arizona and nationwide. In 1996, he retired from the business world and he and his wife Linda spent many years in a summer home in Munds Park, Arizona. They also spent many summers in worldwide travel. In 2014, he was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Yankton College for serving over 30 years on the Board of Trustees. He and Linda offered dozens of college scholarships to deserving students during this time. He was a student of Blackjack and a member of Desert Palms Presbyterian Church. Other affiliations included the American Legion, ELKS and the Sun City Rotary Club. Survivors include his wife Linda; son Charles Scott (Judi) Trantina from Eugene, OR; daughter Dr. Debra (Frank) Calliss from Tempe, AZ; and Step-Daughter Deborah (Ed) Dow residing in Surprise, AZ. Services will be held at a later date and memorial contributions may be made to Yankton College, P.O. Box 133, Yankton, SD 57078. Please join Charley's family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his tribute wall at www.caminodelsol.com.

Published in The Arizona Republic from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6, 2015
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