Charles Angelo Mestas

March 14th, 1947July 1st, 2022

Charles Angelo Mestas was born March 14th, 1947 to Ernest Mestas and Dora Bueno in Louisville, Colorado. Charles passed away on July 1st, 2022 in Aurora, Colorado at the age of 75.  

Charles grew up in Louisville, CO and lived in Boulder, CO for most of his adult life. He graduated from Louisville High School, after high school he enlisted in the US Air Force in 1968, where he served in the Vietnam War. Charles married Mary Mestas after his return from Vietnam, they were married for 40 years. Charles went on to join the Colorado Air National Guard in 1978.

He attended The University of Las Vegas Nevada (UNLV) and the University of Colorado in Boulder, while enlisted in the Colorado Air National Guard. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Colorado Boulder in 1992.

Charles worked for the City of Boulder for some time. He eventually retired from the National Guard of Colorado at Buckley Air National Guard base in 1994, where he held a position as a photographer. 

Charles had many interests and hobbies. His first love was photography, as he was happiest behind the lens. He made his living as a professional photographer. He loved traveling the world and spent a great deal of time reading. He was filled with knowledge that he loved to share with others, especially when it came to history and culture. 

Charles is survived by his son, Tony (Tracy Lovato) Rodriguez of La Junta, CO: his daughter Marlene Anderson of Dacono, CO; his sister Dolores (Joe) Escobar of Lafayette, CO; his brothers, Joe (Shirley) Mestas of Louisville, CO and Alvin (Rose) Mestas of Lafayette, CO. Charles is also survived by his four grandchildren: Justin Mestas, Lauren (Tony) Moses, Justin (Amanda) Rodriguez, and Marissa (Danyon) Rodriguez. He also has nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Charles is preceded in death by his father, mother, three brothers and four sisters.


There will be a mass for Charles A. Mestas at St. Louis Catholic Church in Louisville at 10am on Thursday, July 21st, followed by burial at Louisville Cemetery.


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