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Charles A. Donaldson

May 21, 1938 ~ December 7, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Charles Donaldson Obituary

Charles “Chuck” Donaldson was born May 21, 1938 in Escondido, CA.  He passed away on December 7th, 2023 in the presence of his family under the loving care of Ridgeview Gardens in Poway, CA.

Chuck was born to Howard and Jean Donaldson.  He graduated from Wheatridge High School in Wheatridge, CO.   He went on to attend University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Business.

Chuck wed Madonna Schreiner in Englewood, CO in 1960.  Together, they moved to Portland, later to Colorado Springs, Poway, CA , Westminster, CO, and then back to Escondido, CA to live closer to their four children.

Chuck spent his career in the Test & Measurement technologies working primarily for Hewlett Packard and Tektronix, and then as an independent sales consultant calling on many customers throughout the West.  While working for Tektronix, he could often be found with a station wagon full of oscilloscopes, soccer balls, tennis racquets, and a change of clothes.  He loved playing soccer during the lunch hours in between sales calls.

Chuck was an avid outdoor enthusiast who loved hiking, biking and skiing.  He was proud to have hiked many of the “fourteeners” in Colorado, and also completed the “Ride the Rockies” numerous times.  He also loved any racquet sport and spent many years competing with his tennis team traveling around to tournaments.  Chuck also was an avid duplicate bridge player and reader.  Wherever Chuck was, a book was typically along his side.

Chuck was a strong advocate of youth sports. He volunteered his time coaching YMCA basketball and soccer for many years.  He competed fiercely in any activity he participated in whether it be a friendly game of horse, ping pong, or cribbage.   He especially enjoyed playing games and spending evenings with his family. 

Chuck is survived by his wife Madonna of Escondido, daughter Jodi (David) son Mark (Kris), daughter Cindy (Billy), son Scott (Danielle).

A Memorial Service is planned for St. Mary’s Catholic church in Escondido on Friday January 12th at 10:00.


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Memorial Mass
January 12, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Mary Catholic Church
1170 South Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025


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