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Charles R. Thurman

Charles R. Thurman A resident of Marin County for 52 years, Charles Ray Thurman died Friday, May 3, in Kentfield at the age of 84. Born in Mena, Ark., and raised in Klamath Falls, Ore., Mr. Thurman moved to San Francisco after graduating from Oregon State University in 1950. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict, exiting as a second lieutenant. After becoming a CPA, Mr. Thurman worked as an auditor for Haskins & Sells, then for Lawrence Warehouse Co., and later moved to Homestake Mining Co. as assistant treasurer and secretary, Mr. Thurman and his late wife, Dorothy, married in 1955 and moved to Marin in 1961. They shared 32 years of marriage and raised their family in Greenbrae. He deeply enjoyed the county's natural beauty, especially hiking on Mount Tamalpais and open space trails. He was a veteran of the Dipsea Race. He shared his humor and pragmatic wisdom with a close circle of family and friends. With his companion, Sandra Bird, he enjoyed travels to Hawaii, Australia and Europe. In recent years, he enjoyed dining out, listening to live music and visiting with friends at local coffee houses like Emporio Rulli. Mr. Thurman is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Maura Thurman and Thom Calandra of Tiburon; his daughter and son-in-law, Monie and John Finley of Dubois, Wyo.; his grandchildren, Skylar and Gemma Calandra; his sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Dillard B. Shipler of Richland, Wash.; and his dear companion for 22 years, Sandra Bird of Kentfield. A private celebration of his life is planned with friends and family. Any gifts in his memory may be sent to the Mount Tam-alpais Watershed Fund at Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing, Ste. 200, Novato, CA 94949-8246.

Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 9, 2013
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