|Birth: ||May 31, 1958|
|Death: ||Jul. 18, 2009|
Judith Basin County
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Charles Alan Cobb, 51, of Augusta, died Saturday in a three-vehicle accident near Armington Junction between Raynesford and Belt.
His funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Augusta Community Church in Augusta, with a reception at Augusta Youth Center. Burial will take place at the Cobb Ranch next to his Mom's grave. Arrangements are under the direction of Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory.
He was known by many people in his colorful life as "Charlie Cobb," "The Cherry Man," "The Fruit Man," "Santa Claus," "The Christmas Tree Man," but most of all as an all-around loving man who touched so many lives and was a friend to so many.
He is survived by his brothers John and Mike; his sisters-in-law Cheryl and Sarah; his nieces Morgan, Michaela, Elizabeth; and nephew Adam Cobb, all of Augusta.
He was predeceased by his parents, Buddy and Cecile Cobb, and oldest brother A. B. "Burl" III. He is also survived by many, many special friends in the Great Falls and Vaughn areas, as well as other parts of Montana, Washington, Oregon and California.
Charles Alan Cobb was born May 31, 1958, in Great Falls to A.B. "Buddy" and Cecile Richardson Cobb.
Charles completed his early schooling at Augusta. He attended Shattuck Military School in Faribault, Minn., for four years, graduating in 1976. He played high school football and was the captain of the nationally renowned military drill team Crack Squad. He attended Montana State University-Missoula and worked on the family ranch west of Augusta. He loved the ranch and Charolais cattle. He loved the annual Charolais sale by the ranch and eagerly described cattle to customers. He was always thinking of ways to improve the cattle.
Charlie was an intensively entrepreneurial personality from childhood. While still in grade school, he baked chocolate chip cookies and profitably sold them to his three brothers. When his mother pointed out that he had to reimburse her for the cost of the ingredients, he promptly upped the sales price. While at Shattuck, on the least popular dinner menu nights of corned beef and cabbage, he would buy sandwiches and then sell them to his classmates for their dinners. He went to butcher school, and had a frozen butcher beef shop in Great Falls during the 1980s, but later determined that the fruit brokerage business was a more profitable venture. He was a well-liked fixture at the Farmers' Markets in Great Falls, Billings, Missoula, Bozeman and other towns in the state during the summer. He had a knack for finding the best quality fruit, and sold it at a fair price. He also gave food away to people because they were in need, or because he simply liked them and to wish them a good day.
Charlie's generosity matched his expansive personality. But his life was burdened with significant health problems, mainly related to diabetes and its complications. As one friend stated, "He was a big man, with an even bigger heart."
Instead of flowers, Charlie's memorials are suggested for injured passenger Joshua Volk, c/o Kenneth Volk, 269 Washington Blvd., Great Falls, MT 59404.
Lewis and Clark County
Plot: next to Mom
Created by: Renae Burgess Linn
Record added: Jul 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39886663