Charles "Chuck" Patrick Francis McHugh

Charles Patrick Francis McHugh (Chuck) was born July 8, 1927 in Tucson, Arizona to James Alton and Myrtis Davis McHugh. He spent the majority of his childhood in Superior but moved back to Tucson in time to enroll and graduate from Tucson High School. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in WWII. After the Navy he enrolled at the University of Arizona and studied accounting. He later attended the Hartford School of Insurance. In 1948 he married Jeri Owens and they moved to Coolidge in 1951 to join with two of his lifelong friends as they began the Mahoney Group. That endeavor has grown into the largest independent insurance agency in Arizona.

As a young married couple, Chuck and Jeri, came to Coolidge to settle down and raise their family. Their children include Michael Shannon (Mickey), Brenda Frances, Timothy Blaine,
Charles Kevin and Theodore Lucien. Those 5 children brought 15 grandchildren into the family (and so far) 9 great grandchildren. After Jeri’s untimely death, Chuck remarried Doris Jean Smith, enlarging his family to 25 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Mr. McHugh was always looking for ways to be an active part of this community.

He gave of his time and energy making Coolidge a better place to live. He has served in numerous leadership positions while a member of many clubs and service organizations including the Coolidge Rotary Club, Coolidge Chamber of Commerce, Coolidge Kiwanis Club, the American Legion, Coolidge Historical Society Board, Coolidge Parks and Recreation, the Coolidge Planning & Zoning Commission and the Industrial Development Authority. His service to Coolidge was celebrated twice as he was named Coolidge Man of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.

Chuck has also been an important supporter of our county and the State of Arizona serving on the Pinal County Fair Board, and the Pinal County Town Hall Advisory Board. While serving on the Central Arizona College Foundation, he played an important role in creating the program whereby 8th grade students & their parents throughout Pinal County can sign an agreement and while maintaining good grades upon graduation from high school, may attend CAC tuition free. From 1954 to 1974, Chuck served as the Arizona State Little League Director organizing 21 little leagues including the Coolidge Little League. He also joined the local fast-pitch softball team known as the Coolidge Boosters.

He has been an avid Coolidge High School Scholarship Board member, always promoting education. Chuck served as a concerned citizen on two school district committees for the building of our Round House and West School during the 60’s.

Soon after coming to Coolidge, in the mid 1950’s, Chuck began announcing at the CHS out of town football games for our local radio station, KCKY. Soon he was asked to announce the home games and did both for a while. Chuck announced the football games while his five children attended and graduated from CHS (nine grandchildren have also graduated from Coolidge High). In 1976 Chuck turned over the announcing duties to his oldest son Mickey McHugh but still attends most of the home games sitting in his reserved seats just beneath the press box.

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