Charles T. Hutchison, 88, died Sunday, May 12 of natural causes at his home.
He was born to William and Teresa Hutchison and lived his early years in Antioch.
Mr. Hutchison served in World War II in the Army Air Corps and was honorably discharged.
He graduated from University of California at Berkeley and later completed his Master’s from University of California at Davis. He became one of three Agriculture teachers at Oakdale High School and later coached the girl’s tennis teams. He spent time initiating the Riverbank High School Agriculture program and then returned to Oakdale High where he also started the ROP program and later retired. He also had students from Escalon who attended his classes.
He was an outdoorsman and loved fishing especially. All of his life he was an avid and expert fly fisherman but would not miss an opportunity to extract fish from a lake as well. After his teaching career he became a commercial salmon fisherman as a one-man operation fishing out of Albion, Bodega Bay and other opportune locations along the California Coast. At 87 years old he was back at it for a couple occasions, salmon fishing with his son.
He fought valiantly with many physical problems recently and was able to still have a good quality of life. He never knew a stranger and always tried to bring a smile or leave you with a challenging thought.
He is survived by wife and lifelong partner, Beatrice Hutchison of Oakdale; son, Mark Hutchison of Modesto; granddaughter, Natalie Hutchison of Manteca; nieces and nephews, Jeanmarie Journeay, Doris Watsonn, Terry Hutchison, and Tim Hutchison.
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at St. Matthias Anglican Church Parish Hall, 107 S. First Ave., Oakdale.