Charles Lee Hutson of Twisp passed away at home on Jan. 10, 2023, after a brief illness, at 83 years old.
He was born to Hazel Bennet Hutson and Charles Lee Hutson Sr. on Nov. 13, 1939, in Prosser, Washington. His first job was repairing apple boxes at age 5 at the Mount Adams Orchard for 1 cent each. He joined the U.S. Army when he was 16 and he had to be signed in by his mother Hazel.
He had many jobs working in apples, potatoes and farming. When he was 18, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service, spending one summer on Monument 83 Lookout.
He spent a few years working for Bile’s Coleman, Wagner’s Lumber Mill and Crown Zellerbach. He went back to the Forest Service fighting fires and working the campgrounds doing maintenance.
He also worked for the Methow Valley Irrigation District as head ditch master for many years, and also worked at Beaver Creek Cemetery doing maintenance. He never had trouble finding a job.
Hobbies including fishing, hunting and traveling along with restoring his 1930 Ford Model A with his son Dwain. He enjoyed putting his Model A in parades and giving people rides and going to the Methow Motorheads Cruise-ins.
He was a member of the Eagles and the Methow Valley Senior Center. In the winter months he did snowplowing for his friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his dad at age 2; his mother Hazel; his sisters Alice and Norma; brother Larry Hutson; and various nieces and nephews.
He leaves behind his wife of 63 ½ years, Rosalie Perry Hutson; his two sons Dwain and Dale (Misty) Hutson of Twisp; brother Rocky Hutson of Okanogan; four grandchildren, Amber Hutson (AJ Johnson) Cassandra Hutson (Justin Mitchell), Dustin Hutson (Shelby), and Fallon Hutson. He had six great-grandchildren, Archer, Amory, Rylan, Kallie, Landon and Bryan.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.