Charles Addison Stoddard Jr.
January 12, 2017
Charles Addison Stoddard Jr.
December 19, 1925 – December 28, 2016
Charles Addison Stoddard Jr. passed away on December 28, 2016. He was born on December 19, 1925, in Hayden, Colorado, to C.A. and Lena (Ely) Stoddard. C.A. and Lena had established a homestead north of Hayden several years prior, and in 1927 the family moved to Craig and purchased a newspaper called The Courier.
Chuck was the middle child in the family with two older sisters, Constance, and Barbara; and two younger brothers, Joseph and David. The Stoddard family bought a house at the corner of Sixth and Ranney St. in Craig that at the time, was on the west edge of Craig.
In 1944, Chuck graduated from Moffat County High School after setting several athletic records, including the 100-yard-dash (a record that remained unbroken for 30 years). After graduation, he joined the Navy and served as a Sonarman on the Destroyer USS Haynsworth.
Chuck's newspaper career began as the editor of The Tiger, the student newspaper of Colorado College in Colorado Springs. In 1946 he enrolled at the college and was active in the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. Chuck would admit that the two most important takeaways from college for him were a passion for being a newspaperman, and his wife, Joann Timpte. The two were married in 1951 and moved back to Craig to join the family newspaper business.
In the years that followed, Chuck invested in Craig as a leader, in Moffat County as a visionary, and in Colorado as a newspaperman and civil servant. His most significant investment though, was in his children, Karen Louise (Shaffer) and Douglas Jay. Along with his two children, Chuck had five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
• Chuck was a member of the Craig Kiwanis Club.
• He served on the Craig City Council for 12 years, including two years as Mayor.
• In 1962, he was elected President of the Colorado Press Association and he was invited, along with other Colorado editors, to have lunch at The White House, with President John F. Kennedy.
• He was appointed to the Colorado Highway Commission and served from 1966 to 1976.
• Chuck was elected as a Colorado College Alumni Trustee and served from 1972 to 1978.
• He was a charter member of The Yampa Valley Golf Association and made the first hole-in-one on the Course.
• He purchased the Empire-Courier from C. A. Stoddard, Sr. and Ted McCandless in 1965.
• In 1976, he ran for the Colorado State Senate winning the primary election.
After he sold the newspaper in 1974, Chuck began a second career in real estate development and home construction in tandem with the Riford Corporation and Dick Masell. But in 1980, Chuck proved that once printer's ink gets under your fingernails, it is in your blood. Along with Denny Ovenden, he started a small job-printing company called The Print Shop.
In 1982, Chuck took over management of the Cosgriff Hotel in Craig and ran it during a foreclosure period before selling the property.
Chuck will be remembered as a soft-spoken man who invested his life in making Craig and Moffat County a better place to live. And his investments continue through his passion for the Museum of Northwest Colorado, preserving the legacy and history of an amazing corner of Colorado.
He will be remembered for his quick wit, for a dry sense of humor and for his loyalty as a friend and leader.
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