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Charles (Chuck) H. La Franchi, 2209 Sunnyside Ridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

 

Born in Santa Maria, CA, an agricultural and farming community, a fourth generation Californian, first of four children.

 

Education: El Segundo High School, UCLA Engineering School (4 Year NROTC Holloway Scholarship), BS Engineering 1957, MS Engineering 1965.

 

Military Duty: US Navy 3 years in South Pacific (Active in Quemoy/Matsu flair up in 1961), Chief Engineer of Destroyer Halsey Powell (DD 686).  Spent significant time in Osaka, Japan and Subic Bay, Philippines (Lost a main mast and associated radar in typhoon South of the Philippines).  Had to wait 6 weeks for a mast to be shipped around the Horn to Subic Bay (could not go through the Panama Canal).

 

Family Information: Wife, Ann, and children Gail, David, Maria and Jason.  All four children played AYSO Soccer and Ann supported them as Team Mother and Scorekeeper.  Fourteen grandchildren who all played Soccer at one time or another: Natalie, Bobby, Adam, Joshua, Daniel, Maureen, Caroline, Sara, Geneva, Bryce, Chandler, Ryker, Ty.  Margaret is in the wings and will play in a year or so.  Maureen is playing on an advanced girl’s team that travels in Southern California.

 

Chuck played several sports in El Segundo at the High School level, but only played fraternity sports at UCLA.  One of the more interesting events occurred when John Wooden asked the fraternity team to give up the old UCLA court to the UCLA team.  The El Segundo High School Water Polo team provided 4 players at the 1952 Pan American Games.  Chuck was an alternate.  Chuck was an exceptional baseball player and tried out with the Los Angeles Dodgers and was offered a contract with a Class C Sally League Team for $200 a month plus room and board.  An Engineering Degree at UCLA seemed more attractive.

 

At the bidding of Joe Bonchonsky and Ron Littlefair, Chuck and Dan Matulich started an adventure of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and San Pedro to initiate AYSO Soccer to a region that had only semi-pro and very closed teams.  With Joe and Ron at the helm, several hundred teams were introduced to AYSO with great success.  From 1965 to 1983 Chuck and Dan supported and led in a “growth industry” in Youth Soccer. Today, Chuck and Ann are retired and travelling.  Trips include South Africa, France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the USA.

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