Charles Lloyd Mundee
On Jan. 28, 2013, the family of Charles Lloyd Mundee lost their rock and the center of their world after a life well-lived and a year-long fight with pancreatic cancer.
Charles was born in Needles, Calif. on Sept. 13, 1938, and grew up in southern Colorado. He met the love of his life, Phyllis, at age 11 and they married in Cortez at 19.
He got a job hauling uranium ore and has been a truck driver ever since. After moving with his family eight times, they landed in Salt Lake City in 1970, where Charles proceeded to log four million accident-free miles for IML, Garrett, and ABF. After retiring in 2001, he bought a Dodge pickup and a fifth-wheel, and continued to drive, serving as Wagon Master for the Ute Salt Shaker Good Sam Organization.
Chuck lived his life with courage, honor and integrity, teaching over and over how to do the hard things in life. He filled his weeks with coffee, lunch with his buddies or sister, Leona and brother-in-law, Jerry, and running errands for his wife. He spoiled his dogs, and he was most proud of the people his kids and grandkids have become. He considered himself a very lucky man. His family said, "Grandpa will be in our thoughts every time we take a boat ride, buy a car, or have a cup of coffee."
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Mundee and Adeline Pierce.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; son, Mike (Karie) Mundee; daughter, Vickie (Ken) Thomas; sisters, Leona (Jerry) Killen, Sharon (Adolph) Ortiz, and Monica (Art) Leonard; grandkids, Sarah Thomas, Steve Mundee, Brian Mundee, Annie Thomas, Jamie Thomas, and Matt Mundee; and dear friends, Scott, Nancy, Brooke, and Brad Hansen.
The day he was diagnosed with cancer, Charlie said, "Don't cry for me. I have had a wonderful life."
Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road in Salt Lake City, Utah. A viewing will be held there on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 1, from noon to 12:45 p.m. Interment will be at Redwood Memorial Estates.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary at www.bestfriends.org.