Biography: Chuck Sutfin


Chuck learned to love beautiful lakes while spending summer vacations on a small lake near Lake Michigan. He started visiting Kalispell and Flathead Lake after he married his wife Janet (now deceased) in 1964. Janet's family history in the area goes back to her grandmother, Minnie Jordan, who owned Jordan’s Café in Kalispell for many years. Her mother, Lucile Swanson, grew up in Kalispell and retired on Flathead Lake. Her sisters, Linda and Margene live on the lake with their husbands.

Chuck was born in Dundee, Illinois near Chicago. He earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and a MS in Engineering from UC Berkeley. He then launched a career dedicated to protecting clean water.

He was a senior executive with the US Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago and Washington, D.C. His work at EPA was devoted to leading the Midwest water program and the national water permitting, watershed management, and Superfund programs. He was also Director of Environmental Leadership for Waste Management Inc., in Oakbrook, Illinois for seven years.

Chuck retired in 2006 and lives on Flathead Lake near Lakeside in the summer and in
Tucson, Arizona in the winter.


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