Charles _Lee
Charles Yuen Lee
  • 94 years old
  • Date of birth:  February 21st, 1922
  • Place of birth:
    Willows, California, United States
  • Date of passing:  July 4th, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Seaside, California, United States
A man of unshakeable faith, Charles Yuen Lee, 94, entered the gates of glory on Independence Day, passing away peacefully at home with his family to the sound of fireworks.

He was born in Willows, CA and resided on the Monterey Peninsula since 1951.

Raised as a lifelong learner, he earned degrees from UC Berkeley (BA in art and Chinese, MA in art) and San Jose State (MA in Education Administration). In 1979, he pursued a doctorate in multicultural education at the University of San Francisco.

His distinguished career as an artist and educator spanned 45 years of secondary art and mathematics instruction in the Salinas UHSD, MPC and Adult School and language instruction at the DLI.  He served as President of AARP, Chapter 97 Monterey, translator and interpreter for various agencies, and founder of the Chinese Bible Fellowship.

He received Seaside's "Outstanding Adult Citizen of the Year" in 1980 in recognition of 11 years as Seaside Art Commissioner and promoting arts and cultural events in the community. 
Continuing on his legacy, his devoted wife of 63 years, Anna; His loving children, Deborah (Kevan) Hall, Timothy (Francis) Lee, Rebekah (Scot) Sutherland, Joshua Lee, Joanna (Jeffrey) Bandy and Jonathan Lee, 13 grandchildren in order of appearance; Rachel Sutherland, Michelle Bandy Sakamoto, Hannah Sutherland Resig, Ana Marie Lee, Asia Hall, Christopher Bandy, Bethany Sutherland, Sarah Sutherland, Evan Hall, Danielle Bandy, Gabriella Lee, Seraphina Lee, Aristotle Lee, one great-grandson; Eugene Lee Sakamoto and a host of dear relatives and friends.
His Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, July 24th at 4 PM at his home church, Lighthouse Baptist, 1030 Hilby Avenue, Seaside.
Reception following. 

A private family burial was held at Mission Memorial Park, Seaside on July 11, 2016.  

Contributions in his honor may be made to his beloved Mount Hermon Association ( He was married there and returned there every summer with his family, who still attend regularly.

Favorite verse: Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
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