Charlie entered this life on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico. He was raised in Tularosa, N.M., until his high school years, then resided in Phoenix, Ariz., where he attended St. Mary’s High School. At St. Mary’s, Charlie was a three-star athlete, receiving an athletic scholarship to Arizona State University, where he became a four-year football letterman and captain his senior year. After graduation, Charlie was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers, moving to the Baltimore Colts, then interrupted this phase to fulfill his military obligation as an Army officer, serving in Korea.
Returning to civilian life, he became an assistant football coach at the University of Missouri. In time he was asked to join the staff of the Dallas Cowboys with Tom Landry working there for 22 years as a talent scout, later joining the Chicago Bears with Mike Ditka, and retiring after 10 years from a very successful career.
Aside from football, he loved outdoor labor, building anything, carving, handmade silver jewelry, but especially reading. He was constantly reading, as he was a serious student of Spanish colonial history and Catholic theology. Recently, his library of books was donated to the St. Joseph’s Apache Mission in Mescalero.
He was devoted to his Catholic faith and thoroughly loved his years in Moab at St. Pius X. If he were to tell you of what he was most proud it would be his service to his country and his American and Mexican heritage.
Charlie is survived by his son, Jon Grant (Angie); brothers, Howard and Dick Mackey; his wife, Diane, whom he adored; children, Melanie and David Watson, Pearson and Sharon Frank, and Carter Frank, who loved and cared for him dearly during his long illness. He is also survived by five wonderful grandchildren: Laura, Kody, Samuel, Savannah and Cheyenne; and his Mackey nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank St. Pius X parish, Father Bill, and the countless friends there who were loving and so supportive, and the staff and doctors of Canyonlands Care Center in Moab and Garden Terrace in Salt Lake City, who were especially knowledgeable, patient and kind to Charlie and his family.
Charlie’s remains were proudly donated to Boston University School of Medicine for a research study being conducted on deceased, retired NFL football players, focusing on concussion injuries.
A memorial mass will be held at St. Vincent’s Parish in Salt Lake City on March 26 at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Utah Veteran’s Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, love your loved ones and bless every new day.