Charles Whitsett was born Oct. 20, 1927 to Charles Willis and Phyllis Whitsett in Orland, Calif. and he lived in Orland his whole life. He passed away on March 13, 2013. He grew up and attended Orland schools where five generations in his immediate family also went to school. He graduated from Chico State College and became a teacher and served as an administrator for Orland schools for 37 years.
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Charlie was a Boy State representative and active in FFA as a student.
He was admitted to the Educators Hall of Fame and was named Alumnus of the Year in 1994.
Charlie served in the US Navy at the end of World War II.
One of the highlights of Charlie's life was a trip he made with his brother in a Model T across the United States in 1946. They wrote a short book about their adventures entitled "A Fabulous Model T Adventure". He also received his pilot's license in 1977 and loved flying his Mooney airplane. Charlie also always had a garden and enjoyed sharing his freshly grown produce.
Charlie was a man of strong faith and lived his faith during his lifetime. He was and active member of Country Bible Church of Capy.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carolyn Whitsett; two sons, Michael (Jollen) Whitsett of Orland and Jim (Melinda) Whitsett of Anderson; 5 grandchildren, Lisa Whitsett and Thomas Whitsett, Cassie Canavan, Carrie Whitsett, and Kelsie Whitsett; 2 great-grandchildren, Alexis Gonzalez and Kalista Canavan; one brother, Kenneth (Marilee) Whitsett; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Dorothy Jean Smith.
A memorial service will be held May 23, 2013 at 11 a.m. in Orland High School Frank Reager gym (Frank Reager was Charlie's uncle).
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Orland Community Scholarship Association in Charlie's name, P.O. Box 1084, Orland, or through F.D. Sweet & Son Mortuary in Orland, or to
Published in Willows Journal from Mar. 20 to Mar. 27, 2013