Obituary for Charles Layton

Charles D. Layton passed away on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at the age of 95.  Charles was born on March 24, 1925, in Safford, to Christopher “Athol” and Laura Foote Layton, with siblings, Bill, Dorothy, Norma, Joyce, Roy, and Carol.

“Charlie”, as he is known by friends and family, attended Safford schools, graduating from Safford High School.  He joined the United States Army on May 27, 1943, and served in World War II in Germany and France until his honorable discharge in 1946.

On March 20, 1947, he married his one true love, Mary Louise Tomola, in Lordsburg, New Mexico.  The couple was blessed with the birth of their daughter, Catherine. After working 20 years at the Lines Company, Charlie began working for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), where he worked as a shop foreman until his retirement.  He was a very skilled mechanic and handyman and was always willing to help anyone in need.

Charles Layton

Charlie was a member of the Elks and served as Exalted Ruler and a five-year trustee.  He also loved bowling and was the President of the Men’s Golf Association.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Athol and Laura Layton; his brother, Bill, and sisters, Dorothy, Norma, and Joyce.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 74 years, Mary Layton; his daughter, Catherine (Jack) LeRoy; two step-granddaughters, Nancy Kristyne (Drew) Robinson, and Kayla Tielking; his brother, Roy Layton, and sister, Carol Ann (Roy) Barker.

No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory.  Online condolences may be extended at

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