2018-08-09 / Obituaries

Reverend Charles W. Malloch


Reverend Charles W. Malloch Reverend Charles W. Malloch LAQUINTA, Calif. – Reverend Charles William (“Chuck”) Malloch passed away peacefully, in La Quinta, Calif., surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

Chuck was born on Nov. 28, 1928, on Washington Island, Wis. His parents, Earl and Martha (Lovig) Malloch, had a farm on Washington Island with an orchard of plum and apple trees where Earl served in the US Lighthouse Service, later transferred to the US Coast Guard. He served at many Lake Michigan lighthouses, including Rock Island which is now a State Park. Chuck’s mother raised three boys and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Chuck’s grandparents, William Malloch and Amelia (Nelson) Malloch, were early settlers of Washington Island. Chuck was a smart and talented boy who grew up performing music from a very early age. The family moved to Manistique, Mich. where Chuck graduated from high school.

Chuck enlisted with the U.S. Army-Air Force/US Air Force at 17, based at Lowry AFB in Denver, Colo., serving as a Chaplain’s Assistant. There, he received pipe organ lessons at the Episcopal St. John’s Cathedral and became organist in the Base Chapel, and also played piano in jazz combos. Chuck discharged as a Sergeant from the USAF in 1949 receiving a commendation for his “exceptional ability” and “tireless efforts” in his duties. In the chapel program, he was lauded for his “faithfulness to duty and beyond, his tactful, pleasant attitude has been a source of joy to all.”

Chuck then attended Michigan State College on the G.I. bill, where he met Marilyn Elizabeth (“Lyn”) Young, the beautiful young woman who would be his wife for 45 years. Chuck and Lyn were both graduates of Michigan State. Lyn’s parents were Rev. and Mrs. William Young, and Rev. Young presided over their marriage on June 19, 1954, at Salem Lutheran Church in Pemberville, Ohio.

After a honeymoon living in a tent at a Boy Scout Camp in Michigan where Chuck served as chaplain and taught music, and Lyn was the handicraft director, Chuck attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Maywood, Ill., where he became a minister specializing in music education. They planned to serve as missionaries, but when Lyn became pregnant in 1956, they changed their plans and moved to Battle Creek, Mich., where Chuck received further music education.

Later, in Denver, Chuck served as an assistant pastor and youth choir director at Augustana Lutheran Church. Chuck then became the pastor of a mission church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which thrived during his tenure there, becoming Christus Victor Lutheran Church. The growing family then moved to Tucson, Ariz., where Chuck built a great congregation for Dove of Peace Lutheran Church. Chuck would always say that his work was “by the grace of God and the love of my wife.”

Chuck, Lyn and their family spent 12 happy years in Tucson. Chuck and Lyn were completely devoted to family and created a loving home environment for their children. Julie, Jennifer, Bob, John and Jim have an abundance of fond memories of growing up in the Casas Adobes area of Tucson and the wild Sonoran desert.

The Bishop eventually called Chuck to Berkeley, Calif., where he was asked to merge five congregations into one with two different church locations. He successfully navigated the difficulties and persuaded the Bishop to agree to have two congregations and churches, and from that point onward both congregations thrived.

Later in his life, Chuck became a pastor at churches in North Hollywood and then San Clemente. Chuck had heart surgery while in San Clemente and retired as a fulltime pastor. After his recovery, he served as temporary or part-time pastor at several churches, including La Jolla Lutheran Church, St. Luke’s in La Mesa and Lord of Life in Moreno Valley.

Chuck’s life was marked by a love of family, devotion to his pastoral duties, and an abiding love of music. Throughout his life, Chuck led music at a wide variety of events including solo piano and organ concerts, church services, weddings, funerals, receptions and other social functions. Living in Palm Desert, Calif., Chuck played piano at a local art gallery. He also regularly volunteered at the local hospitals in counseling individuals and families with terminal illnesses.

Chuck was a wise and caring man and pastor who touched many people throughout his life with his deep caring, spiritual guidance and upbeat approach. He was the epitome of a true pastor, who focused on the well-being of individuals. He lived a rich and full life, was true to his principles, and provided a great example for others. A big highlight of his family’s lives was having father/grandfather perform the marriages and baptisms. Chuck performed the marriage ceremonies for Julie, Jennifer, Bob, John and grandchildren Suzy and Cameron. He baptized all his grandchildren.

Chuck is survived by his daughters Julia Spaulding (Skip) and Jennifer Huntley (Dan Huntley) and by his sons Robert Malloch (Jule-Ann), John Malloch (Kristen), and Jim Malloch. Chuck’s grandchildren are Katie Spaulding, Cameron Huntley (Catherine), Suzy Spaulding Orza (Sean), Grayson Malloch (Ingrid), Hayden Malloch, Joan Spaulding, and Jackson Malloch. Chuck was preceded in death by his wife Lyn, by his parents Earl and Martha Lovig Malloch and his brothers Earl Jr and James Harry Malloch.

Chuck asked that his ashes be put into the Columbarium at Dove of Peace Lutheran Church in Tucson where Lyn’s ashes have rested since she passed away in 1999.

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