On March 12, 2001 our courageous husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend left his mortal body behind and followed the light to eternity. Charles Phillip Tjas passed away at Woodland Park Healthcare Center of complications due to a spinal chord injury he suffered on January 13, 1997. He was a District Sales Manager for A. E. Clevite before the tragic accident.
He was born October 12, 1939 in Bountiful, Utah to William Demetrios Tjas and Irene Pauline Plummer. He married Sydney Ann Olson, August 20, 1959. He was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 6, 1999. Charles will be best remembered for his beautiful blue eyes, his powerful spirit, his patience, faith, and his wonderful sense of humor. Charles loved his family and friends. His life in the care center would be less lonely when they arrived. He appreciated every visitor. Before his accident he enjoyed golfing, gardening, cooking, and relaxing on the patio watching the humming birds with his wife and son. Although he experienced many trials as a quadriplegic, he did not become bitter, cynical, resentful or faithless, as some people would. Instead he became more refined and drew closer to the Savior.
He is survived by his wife, Sydney; son Jeffery Tjas, Salt Lake City; brother, James W. Tjas, Salt Lake City; sister, Marilynn Hanes, Phoenix, AZ; niece, Kathryn Reimer (John), Phoenix, AZ.
Charles you made a difference in our lives, we will always remember you in your best days and learn from the not-so-better ones. You touched so many lives and we always went away as better people. You will be missed but never forgotten. We love you Char, and someday you will be running to meet us. Thanks to our "special angel", "Dawn Atkin".
Funeral services will be Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the Monument Park 9th Ward, 1565 Foothill Drive. Family and friends may call Friday 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South, and Saturday from 1-1:45 p.m. at the ward.