Charles Foster Obituary (03/21/1938 – 03/18/2021) – Glendale, Az, AZ

Charles (Chuck) Wayne Foster passed away quietly at home on March 18, 2021 at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer and its complications.Chuck was born in Woodland, California to Charles D. Foster and Minnie Foster (Erwin). He attended Woodland High School and graduated in 1956. He married Lorraine Schafer and they had two daughters, Laura and Sandra. boating and water skiing. In September 1968, Chuck was in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. After his rehabilitation, he actively pursued the rights of the disabled community. Being in a wheelchair did not prevent him from participating in sports. He played wheelchair basketball, competed in the Paralympic Games in track and field, shot put, discus and swimming. Chuck then moved and worked in Colorado, Texas and Arizona. He has spent most of his career selling wheelchair equipment and hospital supplies. He had a heart for people and never hesitated to help anyone in need. Paralysis did not deter him from his love of the outdoors and fishing. He enjoyed visiting Jackson Hole, WY and fishing in the many lakes around it. He loved to do wheelchair accessible hikes and consulted on the development of some of them. In the 1970s, he was a member of the Sacramento Athletic Club’s wheelchair basketball team. He was elected to the Regional G Tournament of all regional teams by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. Later, in 1981, he coached a wheelchair basketball team at Mesa Community College. While in Austin, Texas, he coached a boys’ basketball team at a treatment center for children with brain injuries and multiple physical and behavioral issues. Chuck married Patricia Sherrill in April 1982. They were residing in Glendale, AZ at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife and caregiver, Patricia Foster; daughter, Laura and husband Richard Bouslaugh; daughter-in-law, Lynn Sherrill; son-in-law, Tony Sherrill; son-in-law and co-caregiver, Todd Cicotte; grandchildren, Robbie Bouslaugh, Mani Bouslaugh, Cassi McAuliffe, Kandy Paulson, Brandy Vanderpool, Cameron Cicotte, Taren Sherrill, Ciara Cicotte; and fourteen great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his father, Charles D. Foster; mother, Minnie Foster (Erwin); and her daughter, Sandra Coombes.Chuck was loved and respected by many. In his 53 years in a wheelchair, he never complained of being disabled. During the last years of his life, he endured varying degrees of life-threatening illnesses, but he persevered despite the painful outcome. He sought to live his life to the fullest, whatever ability he was capable of. He continued to help others by donating his body to science upon his death. His body may be gone, but his spirit lives on in those who knew and loved him.
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Published by Daily Democrat on February 6, 2022.

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