Charles DeWitt Prouty
Sept.4, 1923 – May 5, 2014
A California native, Charles grew up in Hollywood and roamed its back lots and sound stages, even sneaking into Errol Flynn movie sets. As a member of the Sea Scouts he often sailed to Santa Catalina Island. After graduating from Hollywood High School he joined the US Coast Guard during WWll and then the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. He attended El Camino JC, San Jose State College, UC Berkeley, Cal Poly, and SRJC.
Charles began his career as a Ranger at Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. He worked as a landscape architect for the State of California Division of Highways, Office of Architecture and Construction, and State Parks where he helped design Julia Pfeiffer Burns and Sugar Pine Point state parks, among many others. He then worked as Sonoma Country Regional Parks Supervisor and helped design Spring Lake, Doran, Gualala, Hood Mountain, and Ragle Ranch regional parks. After retirement he taught at SRJC and worked as a private landscape design consultant.
Married to Marjorie Ann Lovejoy, the love of his life for over 60 years, they enjoyed travel to Scandinavian countries and the South Pacific. Charles was a member of E Clampus Vitus and the Scandinavian Club and loved music, gardening and swimming.
He is survived by his five children: Jeff (Nancy) of Occidental, Cindy (Brian) Barth of Santa Rosa, Eric, Laurie, and Christy Prouty of South Lake Tahoe; grandchildren: Scott and Janet Prouty, Cory and Kevin Barth, who will always remember his motto, “Leave the world in better shape than you find it.”
The family wishes to give their love and gratitude to caregivers, Tracy, Soledad, and Olga, for their loving attentive care of our beloved Dad. A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.
“Leave the world in better shape than you find it.”