4/8/1936 – 12/7/2018
After a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Charles (Chuck) Allen Graham Sr. left this world at the age of 82.
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Graham grew up playing sports, showing horses and excelling in the classroom, eventually graduating from Regis University in Denver with a B.S. in business and a minor in philosophy in 1958. While attending Regis he was also interested in boxing and bodybuilding. He eventually competed in Mr. Colorado.
Following graduation, Graham bought a 1958 Corvette and headed west to the California Coast, learning how to surf at Countyline and Secos in Malibu and playing volleyball in Manhattan Beach. At that time, he went to work for Richfield Oil. Three years later he began working for Paine Webber Jackson & Curtis, a powerful stockbrokerage firm out of New York City. As a trainee, Graham worked out of the downtown Los Angeles office and was eventually promoted to Sales Manager.
It was here where Graham solidified a foothold in the business world, first promoted as the branch manager in their Santa Barbara office, a position he held for 25 years. During the early part of his tenure there, Graham bought a beach house in Sandyland Cove in Carpinteria, moving his family: wife Marilyn, son Chuck and daughter Valerie into the 1940s, single-wall home in 1975.
Life was sweet. Graham’s performance at Paine Webber never wavered. He raised his family along the coast, he surfed, was a mainstay on the handball courts in Santa Barbara and Goleta, and enjoyed his ‘58 Corvette, 1972 Dino Ferrari and eventually his 1963 Cabriolet Porsche. His last several years at Paine Webber, Graham was relocated to San Francisco and promoted to Pacific Regional Manager of the firm. He managed 30 offices from Alaska to Arizona, flying home for weekends in Carpinteria to spend time with his family and relaxing on the beach.
Graham retired from Paine Webber at the age of 55. A couple years later he sold the home in Sandyland Cove and moved up to San Marcos Pass and then most recently to Santa Ynez. Graham was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 14 years ago, but continued to play tennis and handball until he couldn’t.
Graham is survived by his wife Marilyn of 57 years, son Chuck, daughter Valerie Madeira, grandsons Cameron Holmes and A.J. Alfino and son-in-law Mike Madeira.
Graham didn’t want any services and instead elected to have his ashes spread at two locations, one overlooking the Santa Barbara Channel and the other overlooking the last of California’s sweeping grasslands.