Charles D. Graham
Nov. 21, 1937 – Oct. 1, 2020
Charles D. Graham, born Nov. 21, 1937 in Fresno, California to Donald and Lucille Graham, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Oct. 1, 2020.
He had two brothers, Dal and Robert (passed); a sister, Donna Dorene; and three children, Charles Scott, Linda Christine and Gabriel Morgan; as well as five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
“My father was a man with a plan,” his family aid. From the young age of 15 he already knew what he wanted to do in life. It was then he began to cut the logs that would someday become his dream home here in Homer, Alaska. That was in the year of 1952. He also knew then that working with wood would be his life passion.
He started his career in woodworking at 16 at Columbia Showcase in Southern California as he attended North Hollywood High School. There he was the president of the boy’s social club the Apollos. He was very handsome and quite popular among his classmates. He there met my mother, Arlene Tugby, and married her soon after graduating. His first son, Charles Scott, was born on May 27, 1958 and soon after I, Linda Christine, was born on Dec. 15, 1959. It was soon after that that he joined the Army and was in the 82nd Airborne Division from 1959-1963. After completing 20 military jumps, he was honorably discharged.
My dad loved to fish and spent many summers fishing for salmon on his father’s commercial fishing boat the “Donna G.” He also loved Mexico and spent many winters there working and having fun. The people there loved and respected him very much and will be greatly missed.
My father also loved quantum physics. He was obsessed with prime numbers and his work was of interest to several mathematic professors across the U.S.
He built beautiful and fantastic things out of wood. He was like a magician when it came to working wood and created works of art in everything he did. He was a top master craftsman in his field.
When he was 40, he married his second wife, Peggy Jordan, and had one son, Gabriel Morgan, on Feb. 23, 1977 and soon after started his own business, Graham & Lee Assoc.
My father was an incredibly special person who worked extremely hard his whole life to leave a legacy for my brothers and myself. He did accomplish what he set out to do. I can’t begin to tell you how much he will be missed by us all. If you knew my dad, thank you for being his friend and if you didn’t know him well, you really missed out knowing one of the funnest and most interesting men ever. R.I.P., Daddy.