Army Sergeant Charles Noah Armenta Grijalva, born May 8, 1985, in Calexico, California, beloved son of Arthur and Elizabeth Grijalva.
Charlie served in the US Army for a little over 9 years with deployments to the Middle East in support of the Global War on Terrorism. He attained the rank of sergeant.
He was married to Gloria M. Noriega on March 3, 2011 in Yuma, Arizona, and beloved father of his daughter, Jocelyn Mendez, son, Noah Grijalva, and a baby on the way.
Charlie was attending University of Phoenix for a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a devoted Oakland Raiders fan. He was also responsible for creating the Imperial Valley Pay It Forward Organization. On May 26, 2014, community members and veterans took part in a seven-mile walk/run for Memorial Day, in Brawley, California. Sgt. Charles Grijalva, dressed in his Army combat uniform, carried an urn with the remains of his friend Jarek Camac.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Gloria Grijalva; daughter, Jocelyn Mendez, son, Noah Grijalva, and a baby on the way; parents, Arthur and Elizabeth Grijalva; in-laws, Eulalia and Carlos Terriquez; sister and brother-in-law, Lizette Grijalva Hendry and Cameron Hendry; sister, Megan Fitch; brother-in-law and wife, Fernando and Lorena Noriega; paternal grandmother, Estella Grijalva; maternal grandparents, Leon and Micaela Armenta; several nieces and nephews.
SGT Charlie Grijalva lost his battle with PTS, December 21, 2014. He was 29 years old.