Charles “Chaz” Jerry Valdez, loving son, father, brother, and a great friend passed with his loved ones at his side on March 8, 2022. Charlie was born in Pueblo, Colorado on May 1, 1958. He was the oldest child of Dorothy and Troy Valdez.
Charlie graduated from Wasson High School in 1976 and attended Colorado University and the University of Phoenix. His professional electronics career began at TRW in 1978 where he met many of his lifelong friends. Next, he worked for his family’s business called Country Market, which was a springboard to his career at Tranex Inc. Charlie worked beside his family and made many more lifelong friends. Here he had many roles from stock room clerk, Vice President of Sales California division, and eventually VP and GM of Tranex de Mexico. While working in Mexico, he met the love of his life M. Cristina Valdez (5-16-75 to 10-27-2018.) Charlie and Cristina eventually settled in Sierra Vista, AZ with their children. Charlie worked at Northrop Grumman as Assistant Program Manager until 2017 when he retired.
Charlie had a love for life, his family, his friends, and association with St. Andrews and the Knights of Columbus. He was a Past Grand Knight and Past Faithful Navigator for the Knights. Charlie was generous with his time and counsel to many people. His laugh and smile could light up a stadium. He is missed and will forever be in our hearts. He loved the Denver Broncos, golfing, riding his Harley, Cancun, going to concerts to see bands like Genesis and Tom Petty.
Charlie was preceded in death by his wife M. Cristina Valdez and his brother H. Troy Valdez Jr.
He is survived by his children Nicholas Valdez and Stephanie Valdez; his parents Troy and Dorothy Valdez; his siblings Sheri (Tim) Marshall, Tina (Emery) Ball, and brother Dominick (Jessica) Valdez, and their families.
His memorial service will be held at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Sierra Vista, AZ on April 8th, 2022 Rosery will be at 10 am and Mass will be at 10:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrews or Knights of Columbus.