Chuck Mainard: A Life Well Lived
Mr. Charles Eugene Mainard, age 85, of Boone passed away Saturday morning, on November 7, 2020 at the Watauga Medical Center. Born October 3, 1935 in Spiro, Oklahoma, he was the son of Robert and Dosha Mainard.
Chuck leaves behind a beautiful legacy… in the lives of his children and grandchildren and many more friends and family.
Chuck was the living embodiment of "The American Dream." He came from very humble beginnings, but became a very successful international salesman and business owner.
One of his greatest achievements in his early life was winning a contest for flying model airplanes at 16 years old, which culminated in a cross-country train to Detroit, Michigan, where he competed against other young people his age from all over the country. After graduating from Dos Palos High School, he became the first in his immediate family to go to college, attending San Jose State University (it was a college back then).
After graduating from college, Dad took a trip across Europe and then eventually settled into a remarkable career position as an International businessman with the Laboratory supplies company Mallinckrodt. This position would send him literally all over the world and expand his horizons more than that little boy from Spiro, Oklahoma ever imagined possible. His journey led him to Australia, where he would meet the love of his life, Trish Mainard. Two years later they were married on August 1, 1970 in Brisbane, Australia. They were married for a little over 50 years.
In March 1971, Chuck and Trish moved back to the United States and eventually settled in Vancouver, BC to start their own company North American Scientific and Chemical. About four years later, they moved to Seattle, WA.
On August 24th, 1975, they had their first child, Warren Wagner Mainard. Their daughter, Lara Christie was born on December 20th, 1977. Chuck was a great Dad for both Warren and Lara. Chuck and Trish provided them not only a loving family, but many incredible opportunities to see the world and discover who they were created to be. They were raised in the church and both attended a Christian school growing up, which really helped Warren and Lara to develop a healthy understanding of who God is.
While not an elite athlete, Chuck did accomplish an incredible athletic feat when he completed the New York City Marathon at the age of 49 in 1987. Dad was also very musical. He played the guitar and banjo, in addition to playing the Saxophone. He also gave his family a love for Musical Theater. As it became clear that Lara had a gift for performance, Chuck always encouraged her with her talent, supporting her as she pursued a degree and career in Musical Theater. Similarly, he supported Warren completely when he felt called to go into ministry.
Most of all, Chuck was a man of faith. He came to Christ at a young age and faithfully attended church. Every time he would pray, Chuck would earnestly thank God for sending Jesus to save him and his family from their sins. Dad's favorite hymn was Amazing Grace and his favorite Bible verse was John 3:16.
Chuck Mainard is survived by his wife, Trish Mainard, his son and daughter, Warren Mainard and Lara Tate, and his Grandchildren, Krista and Micah Mainard.
Chuck's family held a virtual Celebration of Life on Sunday, November 8th, and will be spreading his ashes at a few places they know were meaningful to him.
Online condolences may be shared with the Mainard family at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.