Charles Walter Odd, age 83, passed away October 15, 2014, in St. George, Utah. He was born in Provo, Utah, on December 30, 1930, to Walter Thomas Odd and Della Burch Odd. He was married to Joan Jespersen in the Salt Lake Temple on June 8, 1956.
Charles grew up in Ogden, Utah where he graduated from Ogden High School and Weber Jr. College before joining the United States Air Force in 1950. He served four years in the service. After an honorable discharge from the Air Force he continued his education at the University of Utah and graduated in 1957.
His early working years were spent at Convair, in San Diego, California. After five years at Convair, he went to work for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where he worked for the remainder of his working career. He worked on such projects as Galileo, Voyager, and Mariner.
Charles loved the out-of-doors. He especially liked the wilderness areas of the Uintah Mountains. He liked such sports as skiing (downhill and cross country), hiking, backpacking, and running. He was a member of the Audubon Society and a life-long birder. He had an interest in photography and enjoyed taking pictures of the birds he saw and of his family. He was also an avid reader. He spent many hours researching the history of his grandfather and wrote a history of his life and ancestry. He was in the process of gathering his mother’s journals and letters and having them published into a book for family members.
He enjoyed being with his family and looked forward to family gatherings with his children and grandchildren. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many leadership positions.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Veloy Thompson.
He is survived by his wife and four children: Cheryl (Wally) Carlstrom, David (Bonnie), Susan (Sean) Walton, and Stephen (Jennifer); brother, Frank (Joan) Odd, step-brother, Earl Green; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
- Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Sunset Stake Center, 82 North Dixie Drive, St. George, Utah.
- A visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 24 from 9:30-10:30, prior to services at the Stake Center.
- Interment will be at the Tonaquint Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, telephone 435-673-4221. For condolences and funeral listings please visit the Metcalf Mortuary website.
The family wishes to thank Alpha Hospice for the great care and concern they gave to Charles.