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Scarborough, Charley
81, passed away in his home in Yuma on December 20. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1934 to Harley Bernard Scarborough and Annie Allene Peck. Tragically his mother passed away when he was only three. After her death he and his brother spent time living with different relatives until moving with their father to a homestead in New Mexico. His father eventually relocated to Arizona where he married Lucille Hill. In Phoenix, Charley attended Emerson grade school and eventually North High. He was quite an accomplished athlete earning a track scholarship to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He took two years off and spent a short time in the Navy before transferring to the Army where he was in the 101st Airborne Division. He was an avid outdoorsman and climber; he was a member of the Phoenix climbing group, the kachina's, and tackled extreme mountains such as the Lizard Head in Southern Colorado. After graduating from Cal Poly with a Soil Science Degree he took a job as a PCA with White Chemical back in Phoenix. He married his long time love, Dianne Kleinman, whom he had known most of his life. Together they had four children and although they later divorced they remained close throughout his life. In 1968 with three young children he took a leap of faith and left White Chemical to start his own company. He was one of the first independent PCA's in the agriculture business and became somewhat of a legend in his field. As Ag began to dwindle in the Phoenix area he branched out to Yuma, liking it so much he eventually moved there full time. In his spare time he loved carpentry and became quite an accomplished carpenter, helping his children with their homes and building elaborate playhouses for his grandchildren. His biggest joy in life was being surrounded by his family and friends; he loved life and lived it to the fullest. Charley is survived by his brother Bernie, four children: James Scarborough, Lori McKenna (Scott), Robert Scarborough (Zunelda) and Susan Vanderwey (Lawrence), eight grandchildren: Kayla Scarborough, Megan McKenna, Jennifer McKenna, Tayler McKenna, Charles Vanderwey, John Vanderwey, Annie Scarborough and Arthur Scarborough. He is preceded in death by his granddaughter Susan Scarborough. At his request there will be no funeral services. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Yuma who helped make the last months of his life as comfortable as possible.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 3, 2016
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