Charlie is survived by his wife of 55 years, Juanita, daughter Vicki (Koch), and sons; Charles, Tim, and Bruce. His seven grandchildren include Lauren, Kayla, Charlie (Koch), Joe (Koch), Matthew (Koch), Natasha, and Ben. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Sr. and Ethel, and sister Priscilla. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother, and valued friend to many others.
Charlie was born to Charles Sr. and Ethel (nee McKnight) in El Paso, Texas, in 1933 and spent the first 15 years of his life with his parents and sister in El Paso, and Monterrey, Mexico, and other areas of west Texas and northern Mexico where Charles Sr. worked in mining exploration, mine development and mining production. As a high school student Charlie attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico after which he attended Texas Western College (now UTEP) in El Paso for his freshman year of college. He later transferred to the Colorado School of Mines from which he graduated with a degree in mining engineering in 1956, like his father 31 years before him. He met Juanita (nee Abell) while working for Phelps Dodge Corporation as a mining engineer in Morenci, Arizona, and they were married there in 1962. Their first child Charles Leo Stott was born in Morenci later that same year. Tim, Vicki, and Bruce were to follow after the family had relocated to the San Francisco bay area.
In 1968 Charlie graduated with a Law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, which led to a position as counsel for Amax Mining Company. Departing the Bay Area in 1972, Charlie’s career with Amax took the family to Colorado, Arizona, Washington State, and Connecticut before returning to Colorado for good in 1986. It was during his tenure with Amax in Arizona where Charlie returned to mining operations management from corporate legal services. While at Amax he led the Mount Tolman molybdenum project in Washington State in the early 1980s. He was General Manager of Climax Mine near Leadville from 1982 through 1984. Later, Charlie was the first President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Amax Gold, Inc. from 1986 until 1989. In the following years he worked as an independent consultant in the mining industry, and served as President and CEO of Horizon Resources, from 1990 to 1993. He later served terms in several corporate board positions, chairmanships, and directorships of companies including Western Troy Capital Resources, Brigus Gold Corporation, Apollo Gold Corporation and Getchell Gold Corporation. He was a board member and Chairman of the Board of Hazen Research, Inc., of Golden, Colorado from 2002 to 2017. He was also a Trustee Emeritus of the Colorado School of Mines.
Charlie loved to ski and run. He had completed the Bolder Boulder for more than 25 consecutive years, most often in Memorial Day tribute to his father’s military service during World War I. He enjoyed a Copper Mountain season pass each season since 1986. Charlie was always happy being in the Colorado mountains he loved, especially when accompanied by his family.
Charlie requested a small private funeral. The family will arrange a celebration of life to follow at a later date. The family requests that memorials be made to a charity of your choice.