July 29, 1936 – March 12, 2019
Charlie Foster was born in Prescott, AZ to Jerry and Thelma Foster. He was the fifth child of six—four boys and two girls. He was the only one with red hair and freckles and everyone who grew up with him called him “red”. He lived in the Verde Valley where he went to school through the ninth grade. He and his family then moved to Bagdad, where he was the quarterback for the football team and won the state championship with his six-man team. He referred to that time as “the good old days.”
After high school and several jobs later, Charlie went to Phoenix College, then joined the Lineman’s Local and built power lines from Chino Valley over Mingus Mountain. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958, and especially loved his two-year stint in Germany. During that time he and his friends traveled Europe on three day passes, and even went to Paris. The stories and the beer drinking went on and on!
When Charlie returned to the States, he joined the IBEW Electrical Union. He was initiated in 1961, was an apprentice for four years, and received his Journeyman card in 1965.
Charlie was married in 1972 to Diana Felton, and had two boys, Scott and Steve. He spent the next 18 years coaching soccer teams, baseball teams, and teaching his sons to play golf. The close-knit family traveled extensively to national parks, the beach, Diana’s home state of Montana, and camped in all the Western states.
Charlie had a long and prosperous career that he maintained until he retired at the age of 60. He enjoyed retirement with gusto—golfing, traveling, and enjoying time with his family, which now included daughters-in-law, Elena and Janet, and three granddaughters, Isabella, Hailey and Emily.
Charlie survived his three older brothers Harold, Jerry, and Elmer, who have been waiting for him to complete their foursome—“Come on Red. We have a tee time.”
Services will be held 2:00 pm on Thursday March 28, 2019 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix 85024. Donations may be sent to Hospice of the Valley at https://hov.org in lieu of flowers.Print Obituary & Condolences