Charles Joseph Gragg Obituary
December 23, 1940 – February 17, 2022
Charles Joseph Gragg died February 17, 2022 at the age of 81 from heart failure.
Charlie “Chuck” was born December 23, 1940 to Charles Edgar Gragg and Theresa Dolores Machado in Concord, CA. He spent his early years at the Machado family dairy farm, Alta Crest Dairy, in Lafayette, CA. The family’s cattle roamed the hills of Lafayette which is now home to the Silver Springs, Lafayette Woodlands, and Hamlin Road neighborhoods of Lafayette. They delivered fresh milk to doorsteps of many homes in the growing East Bay including the Lake Merritt area of Oakland
Chuck’s family moved to El Cerrito, CA in the late 40’s where he was joined by younger brothers Ralph and William “Willy”. Chuck attended Lafayette Elementary School, Castro Elementary School in El Cerrito and Portola Jr. High School in El Cerrito and was a class of 1959 graduate of El Cerrito High School. Chuck excelled in track, basketball, and football. He was the star wide receiver for the El Cerrito Gauchos and classmates with the Fogerty brothers whose band, that eventually became, Creedence Clearwater Revival, played at their school dances and house parties. He went on to earn his Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Contra Costa College, San Pablo in Spring of 1962. Chuck then entered the Air Force and served on active duty the Fall of 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis then in the Air Force Reserve until being honorably discharged in 1968.
Chuck lived in Concord where he raised two children, Robin born in 1967 and Gary born in 1969. During those years he worked for Continental Baking Company and later, moved to Moraga and became a real estate agent. He enjoyed camping, tennis and hiking in the Bay Area hills. He was an enthusiastic sports fan, and enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren at their track meets, baseball, soccer, and football games.
Chuck was known far and wide for his big heart, outrageous pranks, goofy jokes, and ability to make people smile and laugh wherever he went.
He is survived by his adoring family including daughter Robin Gragg of Antioch, Gary (Kara) Gragg of Lafayette, and grandchildren Raquel, Chelsea, Jared, Alexandria “Raea”, Arianna “Muppy”, and Carson Gragg and great-grandson Hadrian Gragg. He is survived by his brothers Ralph Gragg of Concord and William (Sharon) Gragg of El Cerrito as well as his lifelong best buddies Richard Martinez of Danville, and Ron Sykora of Cupertino.
Chuck will be laid to rest Thursday, March 3rd at 1 pm at Oakmont Cemetery in Lafayette in the Garden of Peace. Anyone who knew Chuck or his family are welcome to attend the service and following gathering at the home of Kara and Gary Gragg.
In memory of Charles, donations can be made to the Lafayette Historical Society.
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