Charles Flores
1936 - 2021
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Charles Manuel Flores

January 25, 1936 November 1, 2021

Charles Manuel Flores, age 85, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on November 1.

Born January 25, 1936 in Betteravia, CA, Charles attended Santa Maria High School. After serving as Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, including a tour with the occupation forces in Japan in 1954-56, Charlie had a long career as a logistics chief with General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin at Vandenberg AFB. Charlie was a boxing referee and together with his brother Willie founded The Santa Maria Boxing Club, thereby helping many young people, both with the sport and with life. He loved his family, Christmas, music, watching sports, going for drives, BBQs, family trips, champagne, cars, and gardening.

An inspired story teller, gracious host, loving husband and father, he was courageous, wise and gentle, and liked by everyone who met him. Starting from modest roots, he created a wonderful life for himself and his family and his pride showed in his polished speech and dignified bearing. His energy and spirit will live on in us, and we will forever be grateful for his presence in our lives. Charlie made the world a better place for having been here. Although his pastimes were hampered by the health effects of a stroke during the last 13 years of his life, the challenges never broke his indomitable spirit.

He is survived by Mary Lou, his loving wife of 60 years, his daughters Marie (Kalvin) Kastenek and Diahanna (Terry), son Greg, grandchildren Anthony (Morgan), Shante, Timathy, Jason, and Adelina, great-grandson Caleb, sister Carmen, brothers Willie, Joe, and Richard, and numerous adored nieces and nephews.

Viewing 10am-1pm, graveside services 1pm Wednesday, November 17 at Los Osos Valley Memorial Park, located at 2260 Los Osos Valley Road. Life celebration to follow at the residence.

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Published in Santa Maria Times on Nov. 13, 2021.
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