Charles Saywood Pendley

July 15, 1930February 20, 2021

On Saturday, February 20, 2021, Charles Saywood Pendley (Chuck) said a peaceful farewell to his earthly life and joined his loved ones who were waiting for him in heaven. This world has lost a noble man, one whose entire life was dedicated to loving, caring and serving those around him. Chuck was born July 15, 1930, to Charles and Ellen Mary Pendley in Culver City, California. He learned early the value of working hard, being taught well by his dad, and he passed that ethic on to his children. He loved athletics, spending as many hours as possible in the California sun and the Pacific Ocean swimming, surfing, and being a lifeguard. As a student at VanNuys High School, he won awards on the track team and played football. The friendships he made in those very active years, particularly with Kenny Thompson, remained with him throughout his life. He attended college for a while before joining the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was assigned to work in Germany and while there was selected to play football on the Air Force team. Chuck was a great story teller and loved to entertain his family and friends with stories of his youth and Air Force days.

Chuck met his future wife, Vera Warenski, during training in Tooele, Utah, before being assigned to Germany. A flirtation developed into a love and devotion that spanned the ocean. When he returned to the U.S. on leave, Chuck and Vera were married. They loved and reared their five children in Murray, Utah. Vera passed away in 1983. Chuck later married Effie Newman and enjoyed a fun-filled ten years with her until she passed away in 1995. Then in 2001, he married Nettie Bagley, and they made a wonderful life together for his remaining 20 years.

Chuck always enjoyed teaching and playing with his sons, coaching them in little league football and softball and helping them reach the proficiency needed to play these sports in high school. He played softball himself in recreational leagues, and again made life-long friends in these activities. His real passion in later years was golf.

Chuck worked hard to support his family, delivering Coca Cola to stores in Utah and Wyoming, driving dump trucks during freeway construction, and finally settling into his career employment with Chevron Oil Refinery in Woods Cross, Utah. He worked on every assignment given him from the bottom up and learned the workings of the refinery so well that he became supervisor of training for the company. He enjoyed and appreciated his work and retired from Chevron after a 40- year career there. After his retirement, Chuck drove for two limousine services and helped to bring the St. George Shuttle service into Salt Lake City.

In his early years of marriage to Vera, he was taught and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved the Savior and the Gospel and served the Lord faithfully throughout the remainder of his life. Chuck was called by President James E. Faust to serve a stake mission as companion to Gil Meier. He has many great stories about this mission, and Gil became a dear and life-long friend. For eight years, Chuck served as a veil worker in the Jordan River Temple, further enhancing his testimony of the Savior. His callings involving work with the young men in his ward were among his favorites, not only teaching and adventuring with them, but helping them become successful future leaders. These boys also became a part of his life throughout his remaining years. He served as a counselor to two bishops, then at the age of 78 was called to be bishop of the Cottonwood First Ward. He often said his years as bishop were the best of his life, and he meant that with all his heart. He was a “people” person, and so serving those around him and taking them into his heart was a most fulfilling joy in his life. He served to the age of 83.

Grandpa Chuck was a favorite playmate and a “class act” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They will always remember their trips to Lake Powell with him. Whether it was the summer BBQs, dancing with the little ones on the grass, playing jump rope and hop scotch with the kids in first grade on grandparents day, taking them to baseball spring training in Arizona, or playing miniature cars on the floor, there was always something happening with the children. He was also a mentor and a shoulder to lean on for them when they needed him.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Nettie, his sons Terry Pendley, Jed and Wendy Pendley, and Robert and Tracie Pendley, his daughter Carolyn McDonald and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Don and Jeannine Warenski. He has 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way. He also is survived by step-sons Kurt and Kathleen Bagley and Justin Bagley, and step-daughters Angela and Kelly Foote and Jennifer and Steve Newman, with 10 more grandchildren and three more great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his parents, two wives, a brother Ron Pendley, a son Ryan Pendley, a daughter-in-law Jan Pendley and a granddaughter, Allison Pendley.

Heartfelt thanks to the Quality Home Health and Hospice staff, especially Becky, Alexis, Sally, Mike, Ruth and Rachel, for the very loving care they gave to Chuck for the last year of his life, and thanks to Wasatch Lawn Memorial staff for their thoughtful, dignified and caring service.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 26, 2021, at noon in the Cottonwood First Ward chapel, 5913 South Highland Drive, Holladay, Utah. A viewing will precede the services from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the same building. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing. The services will be broadcast over zoom at: Topic: Funeral Service for Charles Pendley Time: Feb 26, 2021 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 849 4116 5381 Passcode: 84121 Find your local number:


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Rob Hughes

March 15, 2021

Chuck was my little league football coach. A great teacher an leader.

Melanie and Jeff Wheelwright

February 28, 2021

Chuck was the nicest friendly person. We met him by way of Nettie Bagely. She was a friend of ours when we lived in the First Ward. Wonderful obituary. Bless you Nettie and all his family.

Al and Ann Kessler

February 27, 2021

I am sorry to have missed the tribute for Chuck. The newspaper came an hour after the funeral service was completed.
I remember Chuck and Vera from the South Cottonwood 3rd Ward in the mid 1970s, where we were members of the 243rd Quorum of Seventy, sharing the Gospel with our neighbors. On into the 1980s, we served as High Priests. We play Ward Baseball and Scouted as leaders, teaching and enjoying the youth. He helped with fund raising projects with fertilizer from Chevron. Chuck moved after Vera passed. Chuck was a people guy and fun to be with in service to others. Later, we would see each other and meet his other wives and they loved him dearly. He was one of our Heavenly Father's gift to be around. Thanks Chuck, I'll be looking for you when I get there.

Lynn Lehmann

February 25, 2021

We have known Nettie and Chuck for eons. Great people! It has been our good fortune to have known them. Chuck is a good man. -Lynn and Kerry Lehmann

Meredith Palfreyman

February 24, 2021

Chuck was always so kind to me. He always had an infectious smile and always asked me about my life. The Rose family sends our deepest condolences to Nettie and the entire Pendley family.

Brad Bunker

February 24, 2021

Coach Chuck spent several years enduring my bad baseball play. He was a great leader. I have many great memories playing baseball, basketball and music with his son Robert. It sounds like he had a long and wonderful life. I'm happy for him.
Brad Bunker

Mary Bendixen

February 24, 2021

Nettie, we are sorry for your loss. Thank you for bringing him into the family. What a wonderful blessing to have Chuck as your husband. He was your knight in shining armor and treated you like gold. What a gentleman, kind and gracious to everyone. Chuck will be greatly missed.

Our warmest aloha,

Glen and Mary (Benson) Bendixen

Barbara Bale Prescott

February 23, 2021

Chuck was such a lovely man and a very very treasured and dear friend to our family and especially our Father Jack Bale. Jack loved Chuck like a brother and it makes my heart so happy that they are renewing and celebrating their eternal friendship now. My deepest love to all of you and thanks in my heart for the place Chuck holds there. God Bless you all.

Megan McDonald

February 23, 2021


Thank you. Thank you for Lake Powell adventures with Coca Cola, breezin’, cliff jumping and raucous tube rides. Thank you for teaching me how to paint a fence and the importance of Chevron gas along with regular car maintenance. Thank you for being my number one fan at basketball games, music performances, graduations and every day life. Thank you for helping me know my grandmother with your tender memories and devotion. Thank you for showing me what unconditional love is and what it looks like to do the right things for the right reasons. I can only hope to have a life as big as your smile.

Thank you Nettie. Thank you for bringing your love into our lives. What a special experience to watch your grandpa fall head over heels in love with such a beautiful person. He found a heart as big as his in you.

Justina McCandless

February 23, 2021

My condolences to Nettie and Chuck's family. Bishop Pendley will always have a special place in my heart. He believed in me and encouraged me. He was kind and thoughtful. He awarded me my Young Woman's Medallion and supported me in going on my mission. He even attended my wedding! I really can't say where I'd be now if it weren't for Bishop Pendley's love and support. An amazing man! Sending love from Germany


Chuck at 7


Chuck with his father.


Chuck riding a bike at the age of 4.


Most of Chuck's Air Force days were spent in Germany.


Chuck married Vera while on leave from Germany. They began a wonderful life together.


Chuck is the man at the far right in a high school play.


Air Force days in the early 1950s.


After he left the military, one of the jobs Chuck did to help support his family was driving for Coca Cola. Here he is standing beside his truck.


Football buddies remembering their days at Van Nuys High School.