Ambers Charlie Sutton, age 82, of Mesa, AZ passed away peacefully on November 6, 2018 at 7:00AM at Banner Baywood Hospital after a brief battle with an aggressive cancer. Charlie is survived by his loving wife Carol Sutton, five of his six children; Karyn Borrego, Danny Sutton, Mike Sutton, Rhonda Ball and Jayson Sutton. He also leaves behind 16 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents Henry Veto Sutton and Cordelia Heatherly Sutton, one of his children Frank Sutton, and all of his siblings Odell Wiederhold, Ozella Frank, Mary Frank, Rosie Hagan, Helen O’Donnal, Harold Sutton, Frankie Shoemaker, Henry Veto Sutton Jr. and Ruthann Sutton.
Charlie was born on July 29, 1936 in Clovis, NM, the 7th of 10 children. He learned to work hard at a young age and was known for his work ethic throughout his life. He graduated from Mesa High School in 1955 and enlisted in the US Navy. He served honorably and was proud to have served on the USS Lexington, USS Wasp and USS Yorktown. In 1958, while stationed at Los Alamitos, CA he met Carol Lemmon and the two quickly fell in love. They were married on October 18, 1958 in Lakewood, CA. After moving back to Mesa, Charlie and Carol adopted 6 wonderful children over a span of 10 years and felt very blessed to have such an amazing family. Charlie and Carol just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. From his youth, Charlie loved and excelled at sports. His favorite calling was serving as Athletic Director for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Mesa area. Charlie also loved spending time with friends and later in life he enjoyed planning and preparing for Mesa High Class of ’55 reunions. His friends meant the world to him, and he loved his family, his country, and the great State of Arizona.
A viewing will be held this Friday, November 9th from 6:00–8:00PM at Bunker’s Family Funeral Home, 33 North Centennial Street, Mesa, AZ 85201. Funeral Services will be held this Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at 10:00AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1050 South Hobson Street, Mesa, AZ 85204. A brief viewing will be held before the funeral from 9:00-9:45AM at the Hobson location.
We will miss this lovable and ornery Husband, Dad, Grandpa and Friend. We’ll smile and remember him every time we hear a funny joke or an unbelievable story. But we’ll know that we have a fiercely loyal man watching out for us from above.