Lionel “Chuck” Wynn, age 83, of Boulder, Montana passed away peacefully surrounded by his lovely wife, daughter, and son on August 17, 2019 in Leander, Texas.
Chuck was born May 23, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Lionel and Lillie Wynn. He grew up in San Diego, California sailing the bay, diving for abalone shells, and surfing between the piers. Chuck loved street racing his 1939 chopped and channeled Mercury coupe with a 1946 Cadillac grill. He helped found the Pacific Beach Amps car club and modified a 1940 Ford Woody station wagon with Mickey Thompson. He graduated from La Jolla High School in 1954.
The best decision of his life was made in December of 1954 when he climbed a ladder to his High School girlfriend’s bedroom. Under the cover of darkness, they eloped to Las Vegas resulting in 65 years of marital bliss to Jerré Louise.
Chuck enlisted in the Navy in 1955. He was trained as a submarine sonar man and stationed in South Carolina. While serving he sailed the USS Bowfin, Steelhead Thrasher through the Panama Canal to San Diego. After serving in the Navy, he worked many jobs; he was a draftsman at General Dynamics during the NASA Atlas Centaur project, a chauffeur for the movie industry during the making of “Freaky Friday,” a Teamster’s truck driver, and a small trucking business owner. He returned to serving his country in 1988 in the California National Guard as a track vehicle repairer and supply sergeant until his retirement in 1996.
Chuck continued to race cars, dragsters, and motorcycles in the 1960’s and ’70’s. As a member of the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA), he raced or officiated races at El Mirage and Bonneville race strips. Traveling to these destinations were the family’s summer vacations. After racing, he started a Boy Scout troop for at risk boys in Spring Valley, California bringing life lessons of Duty, Honor, and Service along with backpacking trips to the Sierra Nevada’s to more than 2 dozen young men.
He answered the call of wide-open spaces following the advice of his favorite country music singer, Merle Haggard, by moving to “somewhere in the middle of Montana.” He was quickly accepted as one of the “big city drop outs” and was elected to the city council in Boulder, Montana. There he started building his retirement home. He constructed an A-frame house and grew his “old car parts” garden. His prized Bean Bandit dragster and Kenny Roberts Yamaha RZ500 motorcycle which won the Daytona 200 in 1978 were part of the collection.
He is survived by his wife, Jerré, sons Mark and Michael, daughter Michele, ten grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.
Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Spring Valley, California on Friday the 11th of October. Inurnment will follow at the Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego with full Military Honors. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to offer condolences to the family.