Charles Les Tarpley

January 20, 1942February 25, 2019

Charles Tarpley, husband, brother, and uncle to many nieces, nephews, and half the kids in his beloved town of North Fork, California, passed away on February 25, 2019.

Les moved to North Fork and begun working at the North Fork mill in1960 until his retirement in 1994. This was his life; the mill and the people of North Fork. He loved this town and said he would be here to the end. He got his wish. Les was the saint of smiles. You would never not be met by that infectious smile and happy greetings. Everybody loved this man as he loved them. He lived a solitary life with his wife of 58 years, Genie Tarpley.

Les was on this earth 77 years. He will be missed by all - those rosie red cheeks, his Santa-type physique, and that ear to ear smile.



  • William Aden Tarpley, Father
  • Dorothy Lee Alexander, Mother
  • Genie Tarpley, Wife
  • Lana Zizzo, Sister
  • Kenny Zizzo, Brother-in-law
  • Cathy Alexander, Sister
  • Ronnie Alexander, Brother
  • Gary Alexander, Brother
  • Tim Alexander, Brother


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Charles Les Tarpley

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Richard & Betty Martin

March 11, 2019

The Letourneau Log Stacker and Les. The other mills threw it away so we ended up with it at the North Fork Mill. Les was the lucky one to get to operate it. It was an all electric machine and used to scare the hell out of him with all the fires and sparks when it would short out and stop running.
He used to walk into the shop after it broke down with that familiar "Gosh Dam I don't know what happened"
Going to miss you my friend.

Saprina Abraham

March 5, 2019

Oh the memories of this guy Uncle Les. What a character he was...always making everyone laugh. I don’t think I ever saw him mad. When I think of him I think of Hot Rods, his laugh, his hair oh yea his hair was it ever out of place perfect always. I love Les and Genie! They were always so good to me and my kids. Thank you for the memories! You will be missed. Sending my love and prayers to the family.


March 5, 2019

Uncle Les, Huggy Bear, Snow balls, whatever you called him, he was truly one of a kind! I have too many memories to just pick one, so I`ll tell you a few. Making him pay us a dime for rubbing his feet when we were little. We tried to get a quarter but boy was he tight. Riding in the Mach 1 around the lake on our way to the Pines theater...always laughing and joking around. Him singing "Fresh out of prison" while auntie pretended to be disgusted. So many childhood memories up through adulthood. I was, and will always be "The baby". You will be forever missed Uncle Huggy! <3