Maurice Charles Lucky
1928 - 2016
Maurice Charles Lucky, 88, Scottsdale, Arizona died December 30th, 2016. Maurice “Charles” was surrounded by his loved ones at the time of his passing.
Charles was the son of Maurice Cecil and Gertrude Malone Lucky, and was born in Houston, Texas on January 11th, 1928, where he grew up. His father was a geologist, which influenced Charles’ interest in engineering. He attended Rice University, where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering, class of 1948. Charles had a prolific career as an expert in forging press and ring mill design, creating manufacturing facilities for companies around the world. His designs were primarily focused in oil production and aviation industries, and today his work continues to provide thousands of jobs and positively impact those industries.
Charles had a tremendous enthusiasm for travel. He toured the world with his beloved first wife of 40 years, Judith Hope Lucky, followed by more worldwide travels with his current and equally cherished wife of 19 years, Gail Lucky. Charles loved sailing and reading, and also enjoyed the arts. He toured galleries around the world, and also appreciated fine wines and scotch. He was honored with membership in the international wine organization the Commanderie de Bordeaux.
Charles was active in several charities including the Arizona Historical Society, the United Way of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Performing Arts Foundation and Braille Institute Auxiliary of Santa Barbara. Charles also served in leadership roles for the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, California. Charles was a member of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Charles is preceded in death by his first wife, Judith Hope Lucky and survived by his current wife, Madelon Gail Lucky, three children, Matthew Craig Lucky and spouse, Lisa Lucky; Mark Burdon Lucky and wife, Amy Lucky; Noel Lucky and her spouse, Jeff Ris and five grandchildren, Matthew Clay Lucky, Laura Valliant Lucky, James Burdon Lucky, Alicia Hope Lucky and Jackson Davis Lucky.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in honor of Maurice Charles Lucky to Braille Institute Auxiliary of Santa Barbara, California.
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