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Charles A. Haight passed away on Tuesday, November 16, 2004, at a local hospital in Stockton. He was born August 22, 1921, in Brooklyn, New York, to Charles A. and Ida M. Haight, both deceased. During his early years he lived in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and Missouri, traveling because of his father's business.
Chuck earned his private pilot's license at the age of sixteen, having earned money for flying lessons by washing planes. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School, before enlisting in the United States Army Air Corps in 1941, serving first as a flight instructor training other military personnel at a base in Macon, Georgia. He then joined the 14th Air Force Unit in China, Burma, and India, flying missions across the Himalayas as a member of the Flying Tigers. After an honorable discharge in 1945, he signed on for a year's service on Leyte in the Philippines, as a member of the united States Signal Corps as a transmitter supervisor, drawing on his hobby of ham radio.
Returning to the United States, he attended the Samuel Gompers School of Broadcasting, working first as a radio disc jockey in Oroville, Santa Rosa, and Modesto. Chuck was known as the "night watchman" when he played late night jazz on KTRB in Modesto. He then entered television broadcasting, first in San Francisco, Channel 8 in Salinas, and then with KOVR Channel 13, building and operating the first transmitter on Mount Diablo, then moving the transmitter operations to Jackson and then to Walnut Grove. He retired from KOVR in 1983 as Chief Engineer, spending the next months in Saudi Arabia, working in television transmission for Al Kobar. His next years were spent in broadcast engineering for KCRA Channel 3 and Channel 19. Chuck's working career ended at Cosumnes River College, as an engineering specialist, setting up their long distance television learning centers.
He lived in Stockton during the last thirty-three years. He was a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the American Radio Relay League, the Quarter Century Wireless Association, San Joaquin County R.A.C.E.S., and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Chuck is survived by his loving wife of thirty-one years, Donna Haight, and by four loving sons, Randy Haight and wife Connie Callahan, Robin Haight, Jeff Alejandre and wife Bonnie McAtee, and Jerry Alejandre and wife, Julie. He was adored by his grandsons, Anthony Dodds, Justin Alejandre, Thomas Alejandre, and Joshua Alejandre, and by his granddaughters, Erin Haight, Jodi Alejandre, and Aimee Alejandre. He is also survived by his special friend, Iman Ahmadi of Salem, Oregon, and by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Larry Padgitt, and by his mother-in-law, Linda Stribley. His brother, Fred Sampson, of Metuchen, New Jersey, preceded him in death.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, November 21, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. at the DeYoung Shoreline Chapel, 7676 Shoreline Drive. No visitation. Private committal. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association, 1212 West Robinhood, Stockton, CA 95207 and the American Cancer Society, 207 East Alpine Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204.
Messages from Members and Friends
Chuck was one of Northern California's true broadcast pioneers and an expert in his profession. On a personal level, he was blessed with a wonderful sense of humor, great warmth, humanity, and kindness. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
— Dave Sauer, K6QFS
I was the Assistant Chief when Chuck started working at Channel 19 as the Chief Engineer after his retirement at Channel 13. He and I quickly became best friends at work and away from the work place. He had a keen sense of humor and could always make you laugh, and it seemed he almost always had a joke of the day.
I valued him not only as a friend, but his immense knowledge of broadcasting was always something he would be willing to share with me, and I made sure that I learned as much as I could from him. Our friendship continued after he left Channel 19 and he went to work for Cosumnes River College as the Chief Engineer. When a position in the staff came open he called me and asked me to apply, and when I was hired we continued our working and personal friendship.
Chuck was a very honorable man. I know he loved his wife Donna, his family, and his country, because he talked about them all and always in a positive way. This country could do well to have more men like Chuck. He was a success in every sense of the word, and he will be missed by everyone that knew him.
— Dan Green, Chief Broadcast Engineer, Cosumnes River College
I first met Chuck in the late 1950s when he was Transmitter Supervisor for KOVR at their transmitter located on Butte Mountain near Jackson. We worked next door to each other for many years following the construction of the Transtower in Walnut Grove. With the authorization of remote control for TV transmitters in the 1970s, the staffs were reduced to one person at each station.
KCRA decided to build the first 2000 foot Walnut Grove tower in the 1980s. As Transmitter Supervisor, I needed a number of people to help me with that project. In those days, we did our own transmitter installations. Chuck, along with Gorman Brown and a number of engineers from KVIE and the KCRA studio staff, agreed to help with that project. I couldn't have done it without them.
— Tom Hughes
I first met Chuck when he was hired in the late 1980s as Cosumnes River College's first true engineer. His expertise in broadcast engineering was apparent from the start, and within two years of his arrival, CRC began broadcasting on four ITFS channels. The first and only tower located at CRC was one of many of Chuck's accomplishments. Chuck also was responsible for acquiring a 10 meter uplink/downlink facility that propelled Cosumnes River College from an unknown in the educational broadcast arena to a major player doing live uplinks for various State agencies.
With all his knowledge, Chuck was my mentor in those years by challenging me and furthering my on-the-job training. Chuck quizzed me relentlessly on all broadcast matters and was the driving force for me to test and pass my FCC General Radiotelephone license.
Chuck had an incredible sense of humor and loved to poke fun at himself. He also had an immense love of kids. Chuck and Donna both opened their home to my Scout group when we visited his ham shack. He delighted in the young minds that showed an interest in radio communications, and now his devotion to his craft has rubbed off on my son who is serving in Electronics Warfare/Communications on a heavy cruiser for the US Navy.
Chuck, thank you for all the memories and laughs. Al the Wops in Locke won't be the same without you!
— Jim Williams, Installation Coordinator, Muzak LLC
I just wanted to thank EVERYONE who has posted a message about my Grandpa Chuck! It is truly such an amazing sight to see all these wonderful people saying such nice things about him. It is, however, no suprise that so many people cared and loved him as much as my family and I did and still do! N6NMM will live on...I miss him so much!
— Erin Haight
I just saw the memorial page for Chuck Haight. I met him in 1973. I was a Junior at Rio Vista High School. Chuck and his partner at KOVR, Bill Lawrence, were the two who helped us build and license radio station KRVH at Rio Vista High School. He was also instrumental in helping me get my broadcast license (which I hold till this day) at which time I became the Chief Engineer at the high school radio station. I spent my summer vacation at the Transtower (Walnut Grove) working with him learning every thing I could.
Recently, within the past 8 months, myself and some other alumni from the high school have re-licensed the radio station at Rio Vista High (KRVH, Radio Rio, 101.5 FM) and classes have been started again with more students than we can handle.
He was a great inspiration. Thanks, Chuck!
— Steven Williams, Engineer, Class of 1974