Charles W. Beachman III, Thomas P. Stafford

Charles Walter Beachman III

Charles Walter Beachman III, 47 of Tujunga, passed away Dec. 5 at home after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Chuck was born in Norfolk, Neb. He graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in 1980. During his professional career he worked in computer technology at various companies, including IBM, apparel manufacturer Karen Kane and IHOP.

Chuck was born on Jan. 24, 1962. He was the husband of Victoria (Vicki) Printup and father of Charles Walter (“Chip”) 8. It was because of Chip that he fought the toughest battle of his life.

In addition to his wife and son, Chuck is survived by his mother Audrey Ridley and stepfather Ralph Ridley; two sisters, Jeanette and her husband Ken Hill and Chettie and her husband Matt Cole, and 14 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Charles Walter Beachman Jr.

Chuck had a great compassion for people and became a connector of friends, creating longtime relationships with those he most cared about. He enjoyed all types of sports including NASCAR, horse racing and golf. He also faithfully supported the San Francisco 49ers for many years.

He especially loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping with his family and friends. Chuck’s joy in the desert was always highlighted when riding with his wife, son and friends. He was fond of airplanes and air shows.

He will always be remembered for his sense of humor which was always evident, even throughout his fight.

Services were held at the Community Christian Church of the Foothills in Tujunga on Dec. 12.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Chuck’s name to Cedars Sinai Comprehensive Cancer either online or by mail. By e-mail: Click on “Make a Gift” in the upper right corner. By mail: Cedars Sinai, 8700 Beverly Blvd., #2416, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Memo line: Chuck Beachman or SOCCI.

Thomas P. Stafford

Thomas P. Stafford passed away Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26, at the Montrose Care Center from an extended illness. He was 93.

Tom was born June 14, 1916 in Lenore, Idaho, and raised there. He attended the University of Moscow in Idaho, graduating with a degree in microbiology. Later he acquired a degree in chemical engineering and a MBA from USC. During World War II, he taught at Ground School Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Tom was employed at Cutter Laboratories for many years and other pharmaceutical companies, as well as at Walt Disney as a design engineer. After retiring at age 70, Tom was employed as an engineering consultant for various companies.

Tom married his first wife, Lynn Kitchen in 1937. She preceded him in death in 1982. He married Helen Blood on the Fiji Islands on July 4, 1984. They resided at Stancrest condos, Glendale, for 22 years before relocating to Mountview in 2004.

Tom was a member of La Cañada Noon Kiwanis Club. He was a Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Scottish Rite.

He is survived by his wife Helen; sister Nancy of Challis, Idaho; son Bill of Glendale; daughter Nancy; granddaughters Terra and Lahni of Orofino, Idaho; and grandson Thomas P. Stafford II of La Quinta.

No services were held, per his request.

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