Mr. Charles Edward Judge
June 7, 1961 - April 3, 2021
El Segundo, California | Age 59
Loving Husband and Father
The only advantage of being diagnosed with Stage III brain cancer in May 2012 was it gave me a sense of urgency to live my best life with whatever time I had remaining. And I did.
Charles (Chuck) Edward Judge, 59, finally succumbed to his disease and passed away peacefully in his sleep in El Segundo, CA on April 3, 2021. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Chuck was born in Grand Island, NE on June 7, 1961. He graduated from Grand Island High School in 1979 and received his Bachelor of Science from University of Nebraska in 1984. He never let any of us forget that he was a double major in Physics and Math, and a minor in Computer Science. As an engineer at Hughes/GM, he pursued his Master's degree in Electrical Engineering at USC, matriculating in 1984. During his tenure at Hughes, Chuck met so many great friends and his future wife, Lisa.
Chuck was preceded in death by his loving parents, Bernard Leo Judge and Mary Alice Judge (nee Croisant), his sister Judith Jensen, and his brother Ronald Judge. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 31 years, Lisa (nee Kao), and four amazing sons: twins Christopher and Tyler, Cameron, and Carter. He is also survived by 5 sisters and many dear, dear friends.
Chuck had many professional and personal accomplishments. He was a lead/managing engineer for various defense projects at Hughes/GM/Boeing/Linquest Corporation. He was well respected for his intellect, but appreciated for his interpersonal skills, how he treated everyone with respect, and his ability to always interject humor in any situation. He retired from Linquest in April 2018.
Chuck loved to travel. There were family vacations to Maui, Costa Rica, and Alaska. After retirement, he traveled around the world with National Geographic where he snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, saw the Moai at Easter Island, explored Machu Picchu, climbed over 432 steps at Potala Palace in Tibet, watched the sunrise at Angkor Wat and the Taj Mahal, and viewed breathtaking sunsets at the Serengeti. He walked the Great Wall in China, safaried in Kenya, and ate his way through Singapore, Prague, and Budapest.
Chuck's greatest pride and joy was his family. Chuck was a GREAT dad. From changing diapers at 2am, to coaching a Little League team to a championship, to giving his boys the "man talk" at McDonalds, to sending each son to private college, he raised four incredible human beings. Chuck was a wonderful example of a loving, supportive husband and father for his four sons.
Chuck was a fighter, friend, father, and Lisa's forever. He was kind, generous, witty, and wonderful. He loved well and he was well loved. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. He will be greatly missed.
"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart I'll stay there forever." - Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
Published by The Beach Reporter on May 22, 2021.