February 18, 1940 - July 26, 2018
Born in Napa, California
Resided in Salinas, California
He was born to Donald W. Charlesworth and Hazel (Nelson) Charlesworth on February 18, 1940 and raised in Napa with his younger brother Dan. They were well known for playing baseball and football. Don graduated from Napa College and attended San Francisco State University for 2 years. He joined the U.S. Army, where he was sent to Miami, FL and met Adele (Bunny) Combes. They were married on September 4, 1965. Don was then sent to Vietnam for 6 months. He and Bunny resided in Napa while Don finished college at Sonoma State University with a bachelor degree in English and a minor in Spanish.
In 1969 they were blessed with a baby girl, Shannon, then in 1973 another girl, Erin and a son, Sean, in 1974.
After college Don went to work for New York Life Insurance Company in Santa Rosa and Vallejo and then transferred to Hayward as an Office Manager. He promoted to Training Supervisor in Salinas in 1976 where they settled permanently.
Don was active in the Life Underwriter’s Association in the 1970’s and 80’s.
Don was active with Bobby Sox and coached Erin’s mini sox team and the following years he coached Shannon’s teams also.
In the 1980’s and 90’s Don had (9) backs surgeries and New York Life retired him.
Don was in the Knights of Columbus at Madonna Del Sasso and became the financial secretary for many years but due to health problems, retired last year.
Don was preceded in death by his Father, Mother, his precious daughter Shannon and his brother James Daniel.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Adele (Bunny) Charlesworth, his daughter Erin Charlesworth, son Sean Charlesworth. Granddaughters Danielle Carrillo, Allyson Charlesworth, Sarah Charlesworth and his Grandsons Aidan Johnson and Connor Johnson. And also many cousins in Napa and Santa Rosa. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by many.
A Rosary will be held 7:00p.m. Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, Ca. 93901.
Funeral Mass will be held 10:00a.m. Friday, August 3, 2018 at Madonna Del Sasso Church, 320 East Laurel Drive, Salinas, CA. 93906.
Salinas, California 93901
Salinas, CA US 93906