Charles Logan Davis Hall passed on to a better life the morning of July 18, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Charlie Hall, as he is known, was the son of George and Geneva (Penrod) Hall born June 23, 1923, in Whiteriver, the 10th of 11 children in his family.
Charlie spent much of his youth living and going to elementary schools between the Phoenix area and the White Mountains. He transferred to Snowflake High School at the start of his freshman year. Charlie was quite the athlete at Snowflake High lettering in football, basketball and baseball his freshman, sophomore and junior years. He was also an avid boxer and was known throughout the White Mountains for his talents in the square ring. As if Charlie was not busy enough, he was also the president of the junior class.
In December of his sophomore year, the tragic attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. Although, he had two available deferments to keep him from harm’s way (one for working in the logging industry and another so he could complete high school), Charlie felt it was his duty to go and serve his country during this terrible time of War. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on the July 27, 1943, and served in the Pacific Theater. Charlie was assigned to the 9th Amphibious Tractor Battalion of the 6th Marine Division. In addition to other significant battles, he went in on the initial invasion on the Island of Okinawa which was the last major battle of World War II. Alongside his comrades, he fought up and down the mountains of this strategic objective.
Most of the time was spent fighting in torrential rain storms. This was truly the bloodiest battle of the Pacific Theater. For his service and bravery, Charlie was awarded the Navy Presidential Unit Citation, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with Bronze Arrowhead, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and the Marine Corps Reserve Service Ribbon. Charlie was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps on Dec. 27, 1945.
Prior to the leaving for the war, Charlie fell in love and married Katie Willis July 25, 1942. Upon returning home, Charlie realized he could not go back to school and complete his high school education. He was now a man and had a young family to take care of, but not completing high school would be one of his biggest regrets. Charlie came home and went to work.
During his life he worked in logging, the railroad industry, and finally he owned and operated his own construction company for over 35 years. Charlie made a wonderful life for his wife Katie and their eight children; and their foster son in Taylor. In the spring of 1997, tragedy once again came calling upon Charlie with the passing of his beloved Katie after 54 years of marriage.
Charlie happily served in various capacities during his time in Taylor -- Board Member of the Snowflake Unified School District for two terms, Board Member for the Town Council for the Town of Taylor, and Bishop for the Taylor 1st Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Charlie was elected to the Taylor Town Hall of Fame in 1994 and in 1998 was elected Man of the Year by the Taylor Chamber of Commerce.
Charlie found love again and married Donna Hancock Hall in Nov. 1997. Marrying Donna brought four additional children to the family. They faced other heartaches together with the passing of two of Charlie’s children and the losses of all his siblings, but they found great comfort and joy in loving 13 children, 63 grandchildren, 175 great-grandchildren and 23 great-great-grandchildren. What a blessed life!
Charlie’s children and grandchildren would tell you that they all felt that they were his favorite. He had a gift of making each person feel so valued and special. They would also tell you that faith, family and Country were everything to Charlie. He loved the outdoors, was an avid and successful hunter and fisherman, he enjoyed hiking and spending quiet times in Arizona’s wild places with his family.
Charlie’s final accomplishment was becoming a high school graduate and he was awarded his diploma, along with three of his great-grandchildren, at Snowflake High School May 24, 2019. Receiving his diploma 76 years after he left high school to join the Marines was a point of pride for Charlie.
Preceding him in death are both his mother and father, his wife Katie, along with all of his siblings, his son George Hall, and daughter Charlayne Hall Brewer.
He is survived by his wife, Donna and children, Geneva Hall Horne and her husband Brent, Kent Hall and wife Ava, Keith Hall and wife Janet, Verlyn Hall Stratton and husband Steve, Randy Hall and wife Vicki, and Craig Hall and wife Marni, Carl Cosper and his Sherry, Kent Gibson and wife Becky, Steve Gibson, Lori Gibson-Gill and husband Jim, and Scott Gibson and wife Nancy.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 26, at the Taylor Silver Creek Stake Center, 309 W. Willow Lane in Taylor. Visitation and viewing times are from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, and from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, July 26, at the Taylor Silver Creek Stake Center.
Silver Creek Mortuary of Taylor handled arrangements.