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Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery

401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

OBITUARY

Charles S. Lee

November 22, 1942January 9, 2020

Charles was born November 22nd, 1942 in Tempe AZ. He was the second son of Andrew and Susie Lee who had 7 children. Charles was raised in Tempe and was well known for being a hard worker and a great swimmer at Tempe Beach public swimming pool. He was into fast cars. Also, he was a Golden Gloves champion as a boxer. His first job was when he was 16 years old at Monti’s Steakhouse down the street from his family home. He started as a dishwasher and moved up to one of the head chefs. He married Artemisa Mary Valdez on January 25th, 1964 and to make sure his young family had everything they needed, he kept his part-time job at Monti’s, worked construction during the day, and took his plastering classes at night to get his union card. Charles and Mary renewed their vows on their 25th anniversary in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They bought a home in Tempe and raised their family there on 10th Street. He was active in his children’s athletics and was even a baseball and football coach. Also, he was an active participant in the Tempe Historical Society and Tempe politics. He loved to travel and dance. His favorite vacation spot was Mazatlán, Mexico. They had many friends in Mexico and here in Tempe. Charles is survived by his wife-Artemisa Mary Lee, Lisa Lee-daughter, two sons- Charles Lee Jr. and Andrew Lee, and his six grandchildren-Ariana, Bianca, Kade, Jadyn, Sophia, and Gabriella.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Rosary Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Reception Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Memories

Charles S. Lee

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Sue Gomez

January 12, 2020

My brother, Carlos as I always called him, was a big soft teddy bear to me. Some people were scared by his tough, loud voice, but he was always caring and loving to me and would always greet me with big hugs and a kiss. Each time I saw him he had tears in his eyes and did not want me to leave and always had his door open for my next visit. I will always remember his beautiful smile and big heart and that he loved his youngest sister.
Forever in my heart, Leo

Daniel Hernandez

January 10, 2020

Tío Chuck,
Like Gina said, your house and food were the best anytime, but especially at Christmas time. Screaming, yelling, running, playing 21. Watching you guys play poker, but especially watching you laugh, your unmistakable laugh, when you held all the cards. You are a craftsman and an artist. Thank you for coming down to Mazatlán.

Gina Hernandez

January 10, 2020

Tio "Chuck"
I always loved visiting your house. I have wonderful memories at Christmas time celebrating with all the family. You and Mary were wonderful hosts and always had a great display of food ( got to give the credit to Mary). May you rest in peace and feel no more pain. Until we meet again I love you Tio.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY