Mr. Charles Franklin LeFever

September 26, 1941 - August 5, 2009


Gates, Kingsley & Gates Praiswater Mortuary

6909 Canoga Ave
Canoga Park, CA 91303-2032
(818) 348-3354


When Mr. Charles Franklin Le Fever walked into the room, those in his company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Chuck was and how he impacted those around him. Chuck was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Chuck wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Chuck was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.

      He was the son of George and Mary. Chuck was raised in Brooklyn. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Chuck might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that Chuck was always in pursuit of life's endless possibilities and opportunities available to him.

     Chuck was raised with two siblings. He had one older sister, Yvonne and one older brother, Terrell. Chuck was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Chuck was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Chuck well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew him.

     As a young boy, Chuck was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew him into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Chuck was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. In his spare time he liked comic books, baseball cards and trains. Chuck had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover.

     During his high school years, Chuck responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. He graduated from St. Francis Preparatory School in 1959. Chuck was a very good student, and generally did well in his courses. Chuck absorbed as much as he could from all of his teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using his imagination to master his assignments. For Chuck, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to his ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Chuck a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to him to discuss just about anything. His favorite class in high school was Music and being a member of the school band. Chuck received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Music while attending St. Francis Preparatory.

     With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought him an endless stream of friends, Chuck was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Chuck was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around him and throughout his life he made many, many friends.

     On February 12, 1969 Chuck married Esther Yanez Garcia at the U. S. Consulate of Tokyo, Japan. Chuck's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in his ability to make his new family happy. Chuck was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served him well in helping to nurture his family.

     Chuck was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide his family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Chuck, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of his life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Le Fever home. Chuck's skill at understanding his children's feelings, his sensitivity to their needs, and his gift for gentle persuasion enabled him to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Chuck was blessed with three children: two daughters, Marie and Jessica, and one son, Christopher. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, Sydni and Abigail.

     Chuck was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life's possibilities, traits that made him an exceptional worker. His primary occupation was as an Executive Manager, Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Actor and Magician. Chuck was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize him. Chuck had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. Chuck's fellow workers saw him as a supporter and a mentor.

     Chuck was a Navy veteran. He was in the U. S. Navy from 1961 to 1966 and spent much of his military service stationed in Japan. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rate of (ETN3) Petty Officer 3rd Class. His rating was Electronic Technician. He received several awards including a Good Conduct Medal. His fellow sailors could count on him for being able to make adjustments to any situation as needed.

     Because Chuck loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits were writing, painting, singing, playing music and performing Magic. Chuck had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of his favorite pastimes. However, Chuck's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

     In high school, Chuck played in the school Band as a Drummer. He also played the drums while in the Navy and supported many military functions. Recreational sports included golfing.

     Throughout his life, Chuck was actively involved in professional and community organizations. He was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Chuck seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Chuck usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with him, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. Throughout his later years, Chuck was an active member of the Society of American Magicians, International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Academy of Magical Arts, Inc. (Hollywood Magic Castle) and Toastmasters International as an Area Governor. Chuck was also a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).

     Because Chuck was constantly in the center of things and where the action was, he always seemed willing to join in and help, regularly getting involved in community activities. Chuck's gift of planning and improvisation, along with a talent for rallying support, made him a great asset. Chuck found new ways of getting things done in order to help make just about every activity more efficient and enjoyable. Chuck was an active member of several community groups, serving on committees for the Optimist Club International and the Chamber of Commerce.

     Chuck was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for over 27 years and most recently a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. During that time, he was one of the founding members of TROLL, a theatrical repertoire group at Our Lady of Lourdes and served on the Liturgy Committee. He was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and he used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for his beliefs.

     Chuck's love of improvising in his daily life was a perfect fit for his enjoyment of traveling. His favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Chuck took his vacations seriously, well, as seriously as he possibly could. Favorite vacations included going to Las Vegas when ever he could, visiting family in New York, a trip to Ireland and most recently a trip to Japan.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Chuck. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Chuck Le Fever for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Chuck was always more than willing to share life's experiences with his loved ones.

Chuck Le Fever passed away on August 5, 2009 at Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills, California. Chuck fought a series of complications due to liver disease. He is survived by his wife, Esther; his children, Marie (Jermaine), Jessica (Eric) and Christopher; his grandchildren Sydni and Abigail; his sister Yvonne and his brother Terrell.

Memorial services will be held at Gates, Kingsley and Gates on Sunday, August 16th, 2009 from 4pm-8pm. Funeral Mass to be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Monday, August 17th at 10am. Chuck will be laid to rest in the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California. Interment Private.

In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial gift to the American Liver Foundation. Please visit this site:, there will also be forms available at the memorial service.