Charles Everett Preas

Charles Everett Preas

DEL NORTE — Charles Everett Preas, 83, a cherished family man and friend, passed away Feb. 4, 2024, in Del Norte, Colo., leaving behind a legacy of caring, generosity to those struggling in life, and an unquenchable zest for life. Born on June 15, 1940, in Big Spring, Texas, Charles's journey through life was marked by his intelligence and his love for his family and community. His handy nature showed through in many aspects of life, with an innate problem-solving ability and insights into how hard jobs could be accomplished.

A proud graduate of Lakeview High School in San Angelo, Texas, Charles carried the lessons of his youth throughout his life, embodying the values of hard work and dedication in everything he did. His life was shared with his beloved wife of 64 years, Ellen Preas, who stood by him as a pillar of love and support. Together they raised a beautiful family, including daughters Stefanie (Tom) Walton of Linton, Ind., Cindy Valdez of Boise, Idaho, and Donna (Mark) Huebner of Signal Mountain, Tenn. Charles's legacy extends to his loving 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, who will carry forward his stories, wisdom, and the light of his presence.

His natural ability to engage with people made him well known and likable; whether on his frequent bike rides or just a casual walk around town, he never missed an opportunity to share a conversation or a smile. Children throughout the town fondly recognized him as "The Candy Man," a testament to his love for bringing joy to others, especially in witnessing the delight of children as he handed out treats.

A man of the great outdoors, Charles found solace and excitement in the embrace of nature. Hunting and fishing were not just hobbies but a way of connecting with the environment he so dearly loved. The mountains were his haven, a place where he could roam freely, and connect with God’s creation around him. His woodworking, unique carpentry skills and eye for business helped many families in the valley throughout the years.

Preceded in death by his parents, VG Preas and Nellie Ruth McCarty Preas, and his brother Glen Robert Preas, Charles's spirit is now reunited with his loved ones who have gone before him. His passing leaves a void in the community of Del Norte and in the lives of his family, but his indomitable spirit will forever remain a guiding light.

A memorial service is set for Thursday, Feb. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at Gateway Baptist Church, 975 Grand Ave., Del Norte, Colo. Memorial contributions may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements. To leave online words of comfort, remembrances, or condolences for Charles’ family, please visit