Charles Tinney Obituary

Charles Evan Tinney
Charles Evan Tinney
Charles Evan Tinney

January 11, 1940 - July 3, 2012
Born in Waynesville, Ohio
Resided in Paradise, UT
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Charles Evan Tinney
1940 - 2012
PARADISE, UTAH – Charles Evan Tinney, well-known for his love of teaching and inspiring students to be the best they can be, passed away July 3, 2012 in Paradise, Utah. He has now moved on to an eternal classroom. Dr. Tinney earned BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University; a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Utah; BS, MS, and PhD degrees in physics and physics education from Utah State University. While these degrees were a part of his education, learning and teaching were his life.

Chuck spent nearly 30 years teaching more than fifty different university courses in physics, math, electrical engineering, electronics technology, and mechanical engineering. After retirement, he continued writing math and physics books in his innovative yet easy to understand style. Chuck's delight in learning not only opened windows of understanding to all of the sciences, but also created philosophies that could be applied in making one's personal life better. All of these principles revolved around agency, accountability, responsibility, and facilitation. He shared this excitement with everyone who would listen, hoping that the application of these core principles would make a positive difference. He had an insatiable desire to know everything—math, physics, the universe, biology, bugs—you name it, he wanted to know about it. He found peace and meaning in nature. He strived to have a positive outlook and found beauty in everything around him. Every day, regardless of the weather, he'd declare, "It's a beautiful day!" He loved everything in nature – trees, plants, fields, birds, and even weeds and dirt.

He is survived by his wife and friend, Patricia; his eight children that he deeply loved: Maria Nessen, Evan Tinney, Doug Tinney, LaDawn Rindlisbaker, Tiffany Ferguson, Heather Theurer, Valerie Lopez, Desiree Peterson; and 31 grandchildren.

A private graveside memorial service will be held at a later date in Salt Lake City, Utah. In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to contribute to the LDS Church Perpetual Education Fund.