1925 - 2014
Charles W. Mink passed away January 4, 2014 from heart failure at Mills Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame.
Chuck was born May 1, 1925 in Merced, California to Walter and Rheta Mink. Growing up in Merced he tried his hand at a variety of jobs, from cutting fruit to building and glazing doors to being a weigh master at a packing plant. He followed his interest in science and math to UC Berkeley where he earned his degree and teaching credential and married Margaret Laverne Pitts. They moved to Lomita Park (now Millbrae) and Chuck started his 37 year career in San Mateo Union High School District, half as a teacher of physics, chemistry, earth science and drivers training at Burlingame High School and the other half in administration focusing on curriculum development. He was a Chair of the District Academy of Instruction where faculty and administrators sought creative ways to improve education for the District's students. He taught summer school at Cal Berkeley as well.
In 1952, Chuck and Margaret moved to Burlingame and started a family. Their family grew to include four children of their own, and a niece and nephew. Chuck shared his life long love of music and the great outdoors with his family through hiking, camping and exploring the natural beauty of California and the west, especially his beloved Yosemite.
Chuck sat on the Burlingame Planning Commission for 25 years. His interest in local politics and community development stayed with him for the rest of his life.
After the passing of Margaret in 1977, Chuck, in 1979 married Carol Clifford a Social Science teacher at San Mateo High. Their shared interest in Southwest Indian art and culture, international relations adventure led them to travel to Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, Africa, and a total solar eclipse cruise as well as driving trips to Arizona, New Mexico and throughout the United States. They especially enjoyed their time at their cabin in Idaho.
In retirement Chuck continued to be a life long teacher through his docent work at the California Academy of Science and the Coyote Point Museum and was a life long learner through the World Affairs Council, staying current in education issues and even earning his private pilot's license.
Chuck was preceded in death by his wife Margaret Mink, his son David C. Mink and his sisters Ethel Gaebe and Bernice Robinson. He is survived by his wife Carol Mink; daughter, Christine Mink of San Jose; son Stephen Mink (and Juanita) of Morgan Hill and their sons Brett and Scott; son Gilbert Mink (and Tina) of Newark, nephew Steven Balistreri of Fresno, his brother Ray (and June) of Merced, and many friends. His family also thanks and appreciates the caregivers at the Heritage bed and care facility in Millbrae.
In lieu of services a Celebration of Life will take place for family and friends at a future date. Donations to
, in Chuck's honor, will be appreciated.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times from Jan. 15 to Jan. 19, 2014