Carlos "Charlie" Barajas passed away on Thursday, January 18th, 2013. Our beloved husband, father and grandfather literally took a piece of our hearts with him but fortunately filled the rest of it with incredibly fond memories. Born to Jovita Barajas in 1944, Charlie proudly graduated from Jefferson High School in 1963 (where he was selected "The Outstanding Ex") and went on to UTEP. His successful forty year career in corporate America took him and his wife, Alicia, to Puerto Rico, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and culminating in Oklahoma where he began his next phase as a successful entrepreneur. Upon his retirement in 1999, Charlie and Alicia came back to their home, El Paso. Their original promise to eventually return to El Paso facilitated his immediate generosity to give back to the institutions that helped shape his life with a deep dedication to the "Jefferson Exes" alumni group and UTEP University and Athletics department. Charlie was the president of the Men's basketball donor group, The Rebounders Club, and was a fixture at both UTEP football and basketball games. Shortly before his passing he was honored and humbled to be invited to sit on the Board of Directors of the El Paso Catholic Arch Dioceses. Charlie completed his successful career as President and Owner of Sun City Towing along with many other business endeavors. A stranger to Charlie was simply someone who he had not yet met. Charlie is survived by his loving wife, Alicia, his sons Bobby (Annmarie), Ronnie (Jennifer) and Richard. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Ashle', Alle', Camaron, Aaron, Chase, and Alexa, his sisters Josie Cervantes and Lupe Sosa and brother Jose Marquez. A rosary will be held on Tuesday, January 22nd at St. Stephens Catholic Church (1700 George Dieter) at 7 p.m. Funeral mass will be held Wednesday, January 23rd at 10 a.m. also at St. Stephens to be followed by burial at Restlawn Memorial Park (8700 Dyer). Services under the direction of CRESTVIEW FUNERAL HOME. 1462 N. ZARAGOSA 856-1400
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Published in El Paso Times from Jan. 21 to Jan. 28, 2013