From a Loving Wife
Channing was the most interesting and exciting man I ever knew. We did many things together that normal people just dream about. We raised exotic birds, red worms, and giant garlic on our 5 acre farm in Windsor. We bought a Laura Scudder's potato chip van and converted into a RV that we traveled in for 3 years. We started the Windsor Observer, a Petaluma Stained glass shop and the Science of Mind Church of Windsor of which we were certified practitioners. We taught self Esteem classes for 13 years and wrote a textbook book and work book which we sold to correctional facilities. While we owned the Calistoga Depot Restaurant for 10 years we were appreciated for local discounts and great food.
After the move to Lake County, Channing settled down and took up his old profession, teaching English writing. He had not been employed as an English Professor since he was at UC Berkeley in the ’60 and ‘70s.
One of his proudest moments was to see his wife, KC, graduate from SSU with a MSN and certification for Family Nurse Practitioner. He bragged about her achievements in his English Classes at Yuba and Mendocino, where he was employed for 25 years. He retired at the age of 76. He said he loved teaching, but “I just could not grade one more paper.”
In retirement he painted, read, and started many websites helping people with their self-esteem. He was working on his final project, an encyclopedia of transformations.
In his later years he courageously fought 3 serious illnesses but died of respiratory failure, due to COPD.
Channing is survived by his wife of 45 years, KC Grigsby, step son James Conrad, daughters Lynne and D’arcy Grigsby and many grand kids and great grand kids.
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