Charles Elden Mattingly |

Charles Elden Mattingly

Charles Elden Mattingly, of Clifton, Colo., died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salt Lake City. He was 72.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, April 11, at 4 p.m. at Rosehill Cemetery in Rifle. Michael Sampson will officiate. Burial will follow.

Mr. Mattingly was born Jan. 22, 1930, in Denver, to James Elden and Mollie Elizabeth (Murray) Mattingley.

He married Elaine Marie Douglas.

Mr. Mattingly served in the Army from 1947 to 1952.

He worked in carpentry and construction and was retired from Public Service Co. in Rifle.

He enjoyed singing, playing his guitar, traveling (especially spending his winters in Arizona), hunting, fishing, and three-wheeling off-road.

Described by his family as an “old ornery dude,” he was a devoted father and husband, and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the most important thing in the world to him. He constantly helped virtual strangers with anything they needed, particularly the elderly where he wintered in Arizona.

His wife preceded him in death, as did a daughter, Joanne Hisel, and a grandson, James Hisel.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law Donna and Howard Davis of Mesa, Ariz., Joyce Coston of Clifton, and Debra and Ron Smith of Quartzsite, Ariz.; brothers Gale Mattingly of Layton, Utah, and Ken Mattingly, of Palmer, Alaska; sister-in-law and brother-in-law June and Bob Cordle; mother-in-law Ida Douglas; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends.

Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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