Charles W. King

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Bring's Broadway Chapel
6910 East Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ

Charles W. King 6/2/1930 - 12/12/2012 Charles was born to Margaret and Merton King in El Dorado, Kansas. His childhood was spent on the family farm where he learned to work. At five, his first job was opening and closing the field gates for the work horses to pull the wagons through. He earned five cents a day and cookies from mother's always full cookie jar. Charles graduated from the University of Kansas with a BS in Business. He was a pitcher on the KU baseball team. He was a NROTC member. After graduation he served in the US Navy in the Korean Action on the Philippine Sea, an aircraft carrier. He was a naval aviator in squadrons in Norfolk, VA, Kingsville, TX, Pensacola, FL, Jacksonville, FL and Guantanamo, Cuba during Fidel Castro's takeover. He flew 29 different models of aircraft including single and multi engine props, seaplane, and 19 different jet aircraft. In 1960 Charles contracted polio while in the service. He became 100% disabled and was wheelchair bound thereafter. After rehabilitation Charles graduated from the University of Arizona Law School, was admitted to the Arizona State Bar and practiced family, estate planning and business law for 30 years in his firm, King and Frisch, P.C. Charles King was active politically in the Republican party, serving his country as precinct committeeman, Republican County Chairman, a member of the Arizona House of Representatives for four years, and an unsuccessful candidate for governor. Charles was a member of many organizations: 30 years plus Rincon Rotary Club, founding member Pima Air Museum, 12 year member of Pima County Planning and Zoning, Masonic Order Lodge 56, Sabbar Shrine, Scottish Rite, Disabled American Veterans, of Foreign Wars, Arizona Historical Museum, Association of Naval Aviators and Butler County Historical Center. Charles is survived by his wife, Phyllis and son, Bill (Leticia); granddaughters, Dr. Christy King, DPM, Allison King, Loni Jakubowski and Angela Zamarron; great-grandchildren, Baily Kill and Hudson Jakubowski. Charles' son, Robert King; daughters, Terry Joos (Wade) and Jill Webster (David) predecease him. A Service will be held Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., at BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway. In place of flowers please remember Charles with donations to Polio Plus, a program to stop polio worldwide. Donations may be sent care of Rincon Rotary Club, P.O. Box 14433, Tucson, Arizona 85732-4433. bring funeral

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Dec. 23, 2012
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