Charles P Lockett

May 13, 1942 ~ September 6, 2022 (age 80)


We are sad to announce that on Sept. 6, 2022 Charles P. Lockett of Modesto, CA

passed away at age 80.  Charlie was born on May 13, 1942 in Atascadero, CA to Lorraine & Robert Lockett, but was raised by his grandmother.

He grew up in Ventura County where he graduated high school in 1960.   He joined the U.S. Armed Forces shortly after.  

He apprenticed as a pipefitter and continued the trade for close to 40 years before retiring.  It was during this time that he was exposed to asbestos therefore developed asbestosis which eventually caused his lung cancer.

Charlie loved to read, watch MSNBC, RV camp, and was a big history buff. He became a great cook after retiring while his wife was still working. He loved watching cooking shows and learning tips and tricks. He loved cooking for family, friends, and neighbors.  He was introduced to oil painting 10 years ago after surviving his first bout of lung cancer through a Cancer Survivor Therapy program.  He took much pride in his many paintings, some of which were on display at the Mistlin Gallery and their art shows. He had transformed a shed in the backyard into a makeshift “studio”, which he called his “hooch”, and spent many hours there.

Charlie had a strong love for animals, especially dogs. He had a special bond with each of his dogs and rarely missed a walk with them in the mornings.

Charlie had a huge heart of gold and always put other’s needs before his own. All that were lucky to have had him in their lives know what a special, unique, generous and loving man he truly was. He knew no strangers. He told things like they were, and was an honest, hard working soul. He fought until the end.

He is survived by his wife Dori of 31 years, his children Shane Lockett, Stacey Marckese (Chris), and Mark Swartz (Robin), his grandchildren Emma, Logan, Kyle, Trent, Chad, Tate, Brittany, Shelby & welcomed his first great granddaughter Oaklee earlier this year. He is also survived by his sister Frances Fraser, and many nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son Christopher Habelt, his parents, his grandmother, and his sisters Ruth, Dorothy and Roberta.

Charlie will be missed by all that knew him.

Contributions can be made in his honor to Stanislaus Animal Services Agency

3647 Cornucopia way Modesto, CA 95358

A celebration of Charlie’s life will be held on October 29th at 1pm at the Marsh residence located at 3124 Esta Ave. Modesto.


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