Charles Lund


Charles Lund
Nov. 21, 1929 - July 31, 2011

Charles Martin Lund died July 31, 2011, in Spokane. Chuck was born Nov. 21, 1929, in Madison, Wis., to H.C. Lund, MD, and Anne Radl Lund.

In his younger years, he drove trucks in pea harvest, was a header puncher in wheat harvests, a gandy dancer, fought forest fires, swam in the Rio Grande River and wandered through an unfettered and happy life.

He graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1947, then enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1949. He then attended Washington State University, graduating in 1953 with a degree in political science. After a happy courtship of Dolores "Dee" Castoldi, they married October 1955 in Walla Walla, and began a life together as enjoyable and interesting as one could only hope for. As time passed, they were blessed with three children: Mary Ann, Eric Charles and Michael Todd.

Chuck entered a Sears Roebuck retail management program in 1955 at Pasco, but when President Kennedy challenged Americans to do something for their country, he joined the U.S. Civil Service Commission in 1961 as an investigator conducting national security cases. He served at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Hanford Nuclear Facility and Spokane, before returning to Hanford as supervisor of forty-some investigators for Eastern Washington and Idaho.

Chuck was frequently detailed to special assignments over the years. During the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s, he was attached to the U.S. Department of Justice and during federal elections was sent to Alabama and Mississippi as poll observer and examiner to ensure voting rights of minorities.

Chuck retired in 1989, and he and Dee first settled in Walla Walla before returning to the Spokane Valley area in 1994 to be near their grandchildren. They volunteered extensively in charitable and civic works over the years before leukemia, lung cancer, and later, Hodgkin's lymphoma interfered.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Lona Swant. Surviving are wife, Dee; daughter, Mary Ann Lund Goodwin and her husband, Kyle, of Veradale, Wash.; sons, Eric Charles Lund of Pasco and Michael Todd Lund of Maple Valley, Wash,; and grandchildren, Anthony and Maddie Goodwin. He is also survived by his sister, Catherine Lund Taylor and her husband, Ronald, of Eugene.

Chuck was deeply humbled by the humane and providential circumstances of his life, the unconditional love and care of his wife, Dee, and his children's love, respect and support. No man can ask for more. His last days and hours were spent surrounded by his loving wife, children, and grandchildren.

Contributions to Chuck's memory may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center or Common Cause. He believed in and supported their missions.


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