- By: Jen Jacobs Published: 13 June, 2018 0 comments
We at Parallax are saddened by the recent passing of Chuck Gracey. Mr. Gracey was the father of Parallax founder Chip Gracey and Parallax CEO Ken Gracey. Chuck was a kind, optimistic, and generous spirit. He visited the office frequently, served on our board, and was a dear friend to all of us here.
Chuck was born on a farm in Covington, Tennessee. He showed an aptitude for all things electrical and mechanical from an early age. Around the age of 16 he opened his Mighty Motors shop, where he fixed lawnmowers and other small equipment for neighbors. Chuck attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. After college, Chuck was hired in New York to move to Northern California to work at Aerojet General Corporation.
Chuck felt honored to be a part of an exciting era at Aerojet that put an astronaut in space and a man on the moon. Among other endeavors, he developed aerospace propulsion systems and later managed a geothermal project on the US-Mexico border. He made many lifelong friends during his time at Aerojet.
Early in his career, he met his wife Linda, a fellow employee. Linda and Chuck shared 53 happy years together. They were blessed with two sons, Chip and Ken, and later their wives and several grandchildren. Always thoughtful, patient, and caring, Chuck was truly a family man.
After retiring from Aerojet, Chuck provided direction to his son Chip and partner Lance Walley in forming Parallax Inc. Chuck contributed to product development, worked at trade shows, and kept company finances and safety programs in order. Chuck often said that working with his two sons and an amazing staff at Parallax was a highlight of his life.