Retired Circuit Court Judge Charles Littlehales has died at age 73, of kidney failure.
Judge Littlehales was known as a judge’s judge – principled, methodical, extremely knowledgeable about the law and fair in his rulings.
Judge Littlehales came to Oregon early in his legal career, starting out as a deputy district attorney in the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office. Eleven months later he became the District Attorney. A short time after that he was selected to become a Circuit Court Judge and for 42 years handed down justice from the bench.
Judge Littlehales retired four years ago. He and his wife Patty, who was a revered high school teacher at Newport High, were always active in the arts community and were strong advocates of the Newport City Council being a part of the reformation of the Nye Beach Visual Arts Center (VAC). Judge Littlehales urged the council to find a way to keep the VAC’s doors open, even suggesting that if Portland could maintain a vibrant arts community and artistic environment, partly with an arts tax, Newport should be able to do it too. Heeding Judge Littlehales’ and others advice, the council is actively involved in helping the VAC become more financially self-supporting and more strategically inclusive in their outreach to the community.
Memorial services for Judge Charles Littlehales are pending.