Charles E. Hurst(1932 - 2013)

Hurst, Charles E. CLAIREMONT -- Charles (Charlie) Hurst, Capt., USMC (Ret.), a long-time Clairemont resident, passed away on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, from complications developed after suffering a broken hip. Charles was born on September 26, 1932, in Oakley, Kansas. He was a multi-sport, gifted athlete: quarterback and captain of the Oakley Plainsmen High School football team, a champion sprinter, as well as playing basketball and baseball. He was the class president and valedictorian of the Oakley High School graduating class of 1949. After graduation, Charles initially enlisted in the US Navy. He later switched service branches in order to become a US Marine. After serving multiple combat tours in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, he was commissioned during the Vietnam Conflict, and retired from the US Marine Corps, with the rank of Captain, in 1974. Charles always loved education, and was proud to be related to an original plaintiff of the landmark Brown vs. the Board of Education case, Mrs. Zelma Hurst Henderson. After he retired from the US Marines, he obtained an MBA from National University while working full time, by attending evening and weekend classes. Charles' post military career was in the San Diego Department of Veteran's Affairs, where he retired as the VA's Network Support Center Director in 2001, after more than 50 years of honorable US Government service. "Operation Standown" is one of the many projects he helped to initiated to help serve US Veterans. Charles is survived by his loving wife, Marlene (Mikki) Hurst, with whom he spent his golden years enjoying travel (particularly to Hawaii), playing bingo at the local casinos, and spending quality time with family, including his many widespread Marine and VA "family" members. He is also survived by son Vincent M. Hurst, Carlsbad, CA, son David E. Hurst (Galadriel), La Jolla, CA, son Anthony C. Hurst (Dr. Paula), Tierrasanta, CA, daughter Denise Hamilton (Michael), Houston, TX and stepson Kevin Robson of Northridge, CA, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and his brothers Roland (Joanne) and Byron Hurst, from Lawrence and Topeka, Kansas, respectively. He will be greatly missed. Semper Fidelis. It is requested that in lieu of any flowers, please send any donations to the Vietnam Veterans of San Diego. Committal Services will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Monday, June 17th, at 10:00 a.m.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune from June 13 to June 19, 2013