On January 19th, 2023, Charles Rodney Pacini, known to most as Chuck, passed away at the age of seventy-two. Born to Rodney and Dora Pacini on April 3rd, 1950, in Ukiah, Ca., he lived in Ukiah and Redwood Valley his whole life, where he had a deep love for Mendocino County and its vast beauty.
He is survived by his wife Diana Pacini, and by his children: Erik Pacini, (wife Gina) of San Diego, Mia Pacini, (husband Jarod) of Ukiah, Caroline Wolfe, (husband John) of Ukiah. He had six grandchildren: Madison and Cash Pacini of San Diego, Nylah and Vaydah Abbott of Ukiah, Garvey and Birdie Lease of Ukiah. He is also survived by his sister Linda Pacini Pitelka of North Carolina and his brothers Paul and Mark Pacini of Lakeport, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Rodney, mother Dora, brother Michael Schumaker, grandfather Len Weselsky, grandmother Gladys Teed, grandparents Alec and Amelia Pacini, great-aunt Vivian “Meme” Staley, and his two Jack Russell terriers Taz and Tessa.
Chuck graduated from Ukiah High School in 1968, and went on to work for his stepfather Bob Eshleman at Runkel Roofing where he worked for many years.
Chuck was an avid outdoorsman who frequently hunted in the Yolla Bolly mountains and the Eden Valley Ranch, where he was an excellent rifle marksman who never missed a shot. He also enjoyed fishing on the Eel River with his younger brother Paul. He was always teaching his children about outdoor activities. Chuck and his family lived off the grid in Reeves Canyon, riding horses, motorcycles, and raising cattle and chickens. He loved taking his daughters Mia and Caroline to look for wildlife and taught them to share in caring for the animals. Reeves Canyon has always been a special place to us as our family has had property there for more than a century.
Chuck was always full of information about any subject and had many exciting stories to tell of his younger years. He was an avid reader of western novels and had recently become obsessed with the series Yellowstone. He enjoyed watching baseball and football every season and was a SF Forty Niners fan. His son Erik played many sports growing up and Chuck loved attending the games and was always very proud of him.
His time spent with his grandchildren was most special to him; they lovingly called him Boppa. He loved swimming at his mother’s pool with Nylah, Vaydah, Garvey and Birdie. He also loved reading books, playing board games, and attending his grandson Garvey’s T- Ball games. He was always sure to have a treat for them. Chuck was very proud of his eldest granddaughter Madison's achievements at the University of Tennessee where she played softball. He will be missed deeply by them all.
He will be remembered for his kind heart and his loveable grumpiness. A celebration of life will be scheduled February 25, 2023 at Club Calpella from 4-6 P.M.