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In Memory of

Charles Hollis Monds

October 25, 1932 - July 24, 2017

Obituary


Charles H. Monds



On the 24th of July we lost a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great grandfather and a friend. The only child of Alma Dovie and Oya Frederick, Chuck was born on October 25, 1932 on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, in his beloved grandfather Robert's house. He was raised "on the mountain" in Clarkrange, Tennessee and in Dayton, Ohio.



To say that Chuck "knew everybody" is not too much of an exaggeration. For most of his life he so enjoyed talking with new friends and old friends. If you...

Charles H. Monds



On the 24th of July we lost a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great grandfather and a friend. The only child of Alma Dovie and Oya Frederick, Chuck was born on October 25, 1932 on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, in his beloved grandfather Robert's house. He was raised "on the mountain" in Clarkrange, Tennessee and in Dayton, Ohio.



To say that Chuck "knew everybody" is not too much of an exaggeration. For most of his life he so enjoyed talking with new friends and old friends. If you went anywhere with Chuck you knew that you would need to build in extra time for him to have a conversation with someone he would inevitably run into. This was one of his most endearing qualities.



Chuck enlisted in the Marines short of his 18th birthday. Serving during the Korean War, he ended his active career as a drill sergeant at Camp Pendleton in California. He remained in the reserves for eight years in Barstow.



From the Marines to the California Highway Patrol was a rather natural transition. Chuck became a patrolman in 1955, sent to Barstow to cover hundreds of miles of roads with just one other partner. The job was demanding and although he loved it, after 20 years he moved on. He was always very proud to have worn badge number 1829.



Chuck became a Farmer's Insurance Agent in the 70’s, a perfect job for a people-loving individual like Chuck. A stroke led to his retirement after 26 years.



Chuck spent many years guiding, mentoring and instructing. His first teaching love was being a flight instructor. An advanced pilot himself, he taught many potential pilots from their first logged hour to their first solo and beyond. He was an instructor in three flight schools at the Barstow Airport and other high desert airports. He was a respected pilot, at one point piloting research and photography flights for National Geographic Magazine. His other teaching stints included Barstow Community College and coaching for the Barstow swim team.



Since 1968, he was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. For three years, along with his wife, Lyn, he was a temple worker at the Redlands LDS Temple.



A loving husband to Lyn for 21 years, father to Linda, Terry, Anita, Charla, and Kevin, stepfather to Michael and Monet, grandfather to 12 and great-grandfather to 6, Chuck left his family a legacy of things he loved. He loved the desert and he taught us to see its beauty, especially in the purple mountains of a desert sunset. He loved the natural world, encouraging us to notice the geographical features of the desert that would otherwise be missed. He loved music, schooling us in the old standards and in "real country" music. He loved animals, from a rattlesnake he might carefully move off a road he was patrolling to his beloved horse, a Tennessee Walker, Blaze. He loved to drive, teaching safe driving to children and grandchildren on old desert roads. We can probably all agree to find peace in a lasting image of Chuck, leisurely driving down an old, isolated desert road, lines long-ago faded, purple mountains in the distance, a peaceful smile on his face as he anticipates the next new discovery.



Please join us for a memorial celebration on Saturday the 19th of August at 2:00 p.m. The celebration will be held at the LDS church, 3571 Barstow Rd.



In lieu of flowers, a donation could be made to the California Association of Highway Patrolmen Widows and Orphans' Trust Fund. Here is the website:



www.thecahp.org/widows-and-orphans-trust-fund