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Charles Justin McCarthy

October 1, 1927 May 7, 2021
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Dad loved the song "I did it my way" and that's the way he lived his life. He began his young life with instability and isolation of being an only child. He decided he was going to create a stable, structured family life with many children.

Dad proudly served our country in the Army as an X-ray Tech. He attended Gonzaga Law School and was following in the steps of many McCarthy's before him. He was so proud of the McCarthy Law legacy as well as being Irish. Dad would jokingly say he quit Law school because Mom kept bringing more guests to the dinner table (meaning us 7 kids). The reality, Dad got bit by the teaching bug. Dad loved his career devoted to Adult Ed at Rogers high School and Spokane Community College developing and running the Adult Ed program. He took great pride in being invited by the Nixon Administration to Washington DC to honor educators developing and implementing education and skills for the handicap. He worked these two careers to provide a quality life for us kids. Earlier in his career he spent Summers continuing his education at many Universities (Gonzaga, EWU, Whitworth, UCLA, and Oregon State). Later the student became teacher and he taught Adult Education to other teachers throughout the PNW.


On May 7th, 2021, Dad, (Charles) followed the angels to be with Mom, (Leta). Mom passed February 5th 2020. There is comfort knowing they are together again. They both graduated from Kelso High School. Mom was the popcorn girl at the theater and Dad asked her on a date to the beach. They have been together since. Their Love was special and forever. Dad would say "74 years married and 2 years of courting" with a proud smile. Mom and Dad moved to Spokane in 1949.

After moving to Spokane Mom and Dad built a home on property in North Spokane. Mom and Dad were into DIY before You Tube. They would either trade skills or figure out how to do it themselves. Whether it be fixing a window or repairing the furnace neither had no fear and they figured it out. Mom and Dad raised us kids on property where we could swim, ride motorcycles, sled, and just be kids. As the last of us left home to begin our own families Dad retired from Teaching and Administration. They moved full time to Lake Roosevelt. They enjoyed chaotic summers filled with parties, lake activities and many, many grandchildren, and great grandchildren. During the winters they took 39 cruises with family and friends. Dad would plan to be home by March so Mom could start planning her garden. After twenty plus years at the Lake they moved to Spokane Valley to be closer to family. They both were loved by many family and friends who will feel a void without them. They will be missed and always remembered!

The McCarthy family lost three loved ones during Covid, their passing's were not caused by Covid but added to the difficulty for their care and planning memorials for all. Our beloved Joe, (brother, Son, Father, Grandfather) lost in 1997 will be put to rest with his brother Rick.
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Greenwood Memorial Terrace

211 N Government Way Spokane, WA 99224
Spokane, WA 99224

Greenwood Memorial Terrace
211 N Government Way Spokane, WA 99224 Spokane 99224 WA
United States

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211 N Government Way Spokane, WA 99224
Spokane, WA 99224

211 N Government Way Spokane, WA 99224 Spokane 99224 WA
United States

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