Charles E. "Charlie" Locati

Charles "Charlie" E. Locati Having recently celebrated his 90th Birthday, passed away, on April 4, 2014, surrounded by close family and dear friends. Charlie was born and raised in Tiburon, and will be remembered for his many contributions to his beloved community, affectionately known as "Old Tiburon." He was one of the last remaining residents from a time, when Tiburon was dominated by the railroad, their employees, as well as many small family owned businesses. After he graduated from Tamalpais H.S., where he was a multi-sport athlete, he was drafted into the Army during WW II, and spent the next three years stationed in New Guinea. Upon returning home after the War, he attended Marin Junior College, where he pursued engineering and was a member of the baseball and football teams. Charlie often gave back to the community he loved, by helping as a volunteer to build the original Southern Marin Recreation Center, now known as the Tiburon Peninsula Club. He also helped build the facilities and baseball diamond known as "Judge Field", where the Semi-Pro baseball team "Tiburon Pelicans" played. Affectionately called "Mr. Baseball" he was their catcher, while acting as the team's manager as well. He was offered a chance to try out with the New York Yankees, but declined, and later explained to family and friends, that his most important pursuit at the time was the courtship of his future wife Roberta. A baseball career would also demand too much time away from home and family! He found his career as a Mechanical Engineer with Holman & Lawrence Engineering very rewarding, and Charlie played an integral role in designing agricultural storage facilities and waterfront shipping structures in California, and around the country. A devoted husband and father, Charlie was married to his beloved Roberta, now deceased, for 63 years. They traveled the world together and especially enjoyed cruising. Family vacations with their two daughters, Linda and Denise, and their families were highlights. Other leisure pursuits included 43 years as a volunteer fireman with the Tiburon Fire Dept, as well as a participant in their baseball league. As a long time member of the Corinthian Yacht Club, he spent many Friday evenings sailboat racing on the San Francisco Bay. Charlie is survived by his daughters' Linda (Frank LeDonne) and Denise (Harvey Hetfeld), his beloved grandson Hunter, and nephew Craig Smith (Sharon) of Seattle and numerous nieces and nephews. Charlie will be missed and warmly remembered by many! In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer that those wishing to do so, make a donation to the Tiburon Landmarks Society.

Published in Marin Independent Journal on Apr. 20, 2014