ForeverMissed

Charles "Lucky" Pence.
March 1960 ~ May 2014
Gone but not forgotten... 

Please share your thoughts, memories, and photos.


Posted by Diane Donnelly on December 1, 2018
Hey Lucky,
I was thinking about you today... I miss you
Posted by Tami Anderson-Strumbeta on March 21, 2018
Happy birthday Uncle Lucky! I hope you're out there celebrating with Grandma & Grandpa, Aunt Dixie and Timi. You are missed more than you know I love you. XXOO
Posted by Tami Anderson-Strumbeta on May 5, 2017
Hard to believe it's been 3 years today since we lost you. I will never forget this day as long as I live. You're missed and loved more than you know. God speed
Posted by Jeff and Lynette Oliver on May 5, 2017
Good man.
Posted by Tami Anderson-Strumbeta on March 21, 2017
Happy Birthday Uncle Lucky, think of you often but especially today. You're missed but never forgotten. I love you!
Posted by Diane Donnelly on March 21, 2017
Happy Birthday Lucky,
It hits me every once in awhile, that you are gone.
You are missed...
Love You ❤
Posted by Diane Donnelly on May 5, 2016
Hey Luck,
It's been 2 years today since we lost you. I dreamed of you this morning, you looked good. I miss you.
Posted by Eugenio Cano on March 21, 2016
A lot has been happening Lucky as you know, the Lucky Dog Sports Bar has closed recently, but I know your happy because the guys and gals have done real well to relocate. I saw Robert Holland recently and he looks good Lucky, he's been doing real well it looks like. I miss you and I know Robert does too Lucky! Im still trying to do the dart thing, but its gotten a bit tougher and things ain't what they used to be. Im real happy to tell you, I have made it back to Nationals in steel tip. Just finished winning my second Regional Championship in a row! In the last year that makes me two for two in the Winmau Masters National Championship, with the oppurtunity again to make the United States Team and represent us, and the USA in England at the Winmau International Masters Tournament. My game has really taken off recently but it also seems The road gets tougher and still their is no recognition. Everyone else has been recognized but me, but you know my heart Lucky and I tell it is just driving me more harder until the whole world knows and sees my darts. I wont rest until Im the best. Best in the state and best in the Country. I love you, and I need you, and I keep you in my heart when im shooting buudy, you are forever loved and missed, and I dropped in to say hello again. Until we meet again brother...
Posted by amber conner on May 6, 2015
I can't believe it's been a year. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I miss and love you!
Posted by Eugenio Cano on May 5, 2015
My Friend it's been a year since you left us, but I'm knowing now that your more closer to all of our hearts now than you've ever been, I think of you often, I still shoot darts in your honor, and I wanted to share with you that I made it to a 14 as a player in medalist and I remember you always, and Thankyou for showing me the way. I miss you, forever loved and missed in my heart.
Posted by Tami Anderson-Strumbeta on May 5, 2015
Today was a day I will never forget, today was the day you went off to the other side to be with your mom & dad and all our relatives. I think about you often, I treasure our relationship we had and will forever be grateful for you. Love & miss you more than I can express!

Love you forever & always!!
Tami
Posted by amber conner on March 21, 2015
Happy Birthday Lucky! I miss you!!
Posted by Allan Fisher on March 21, 2015
Happy Birthday old friend, R.I.P., Thank you Dan & Diane for keeping his memory alive in our hearts! He will live forever be in our hearts and never be forgotten.
God Bless!
Posted by Eugenio Cano on March 21, 2015
Happy Birthday Lucky, I miss you!
Posted by Diane Donnelly on March 21, 2015
Happy Birthday. I miss you.
Posted by Diane Donnelly on August 8, 2014
Frances Audrey Nilo wrote on Lucky's Timeline.
May 5 at 12:57pm
Lucky,

I've gotten to know you for almost 6 years! You were a dear Good friend & family to all of us! We will never forget what you were and what you've done for us! The dart community won't be the same without you but hopefully we can & still carry it on strong as you have been doing for us! Thanks for doing all the things you did. I will miss you giving me dart advice and helping you in need. Now you're in a better place and free from all the pain. You will be missed!! We Love You Charles Pence!!
Posted by Jeff and Lynette Oliver on June 28, 2014
Sweet, kind man, rest in peace.
Posted by Diane Donnelly on June 11, 2014
Received from Alisha W.
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I just wanted to leave my condolences and a comforting scripture.

John 5:28 reads- 'Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out."

This speaks of a resurrection of our dead loved ones. I know you don't know me but you and the family will be in my prayers.
Posted by Tina Cain on May 26, 2014
Lucky, You will be missed! You never had a negative word to say. Your kindness was always noticed! My the Lord Bless you and Keep you!
Posted by Deb Nordstrom on May 23, 2014
Lucky, Thanks to you I started playing darts.. and Thanks to that I have had all these years with my best friend and husband, Jerry..I still have that set of darts you gave me to start with.. I remember soooo many things.. We lost contact when I had to quit darts but you are never forgotten.. especially when someone mentions State and Jell-O shots! Love Ya Lucky! Say Hi to my Dad!
Posted by Tami Anderson-Strumbeta on May 22, 2014
I don’t even know where to begin. We think we have all this time but we don’t, we just never know. I will miss you, I already miss you. I will miss our talks our laughs. I’ll miss you saying “Hey girl”……..I always felt we had a special connection we understood each other without words spoken. I’ve always admired your strength through all your trial & tribulations. You always had such a good attitude. You’d say I’ll get through it I’m not worried, I always do. I hope you know how much I loved you and always will. I know all our family was there to greet you as you walked through the gates. Until we meet again on the other side my friend, my Uncle I love you forever & always!! Missed but never forgotten. "Savor the moment, for at the blink of an eye it becomes a memory."

Love you, your niece

Tami XXOO
Posted by Amanda Elting on May 21, 2014
My darling Lucky,
I am still in shock. I miss you so much. I wasn't ready...you weren't ready. A gentle soul gone way too soon. You were a kind and proud man. One anyone and everyone was proud to call their friend. For me, you always made everything ok. You made sure I was taken care of. You went above and beyond for me and well for anyone you would call a friend. Love and miss you for life, Lucky.
Posted by Margaret Day-Bangs on May 17, 2014
Lucky is an amazing friend and teacher, we will miss you my friend, rest in peace my friend. Love You!!
Posted by Casey O'Neal on May 13, 2014
Lucky was a fun, kind, awesome guy from the moment I met him. He will be missed by many.
Posted by Sharla Dawson on May 13, 2014
It has always been a pleasure to see your shinning face around the dart world. I have not known you for many years but there were plenty of memories made. You will be truly missed Lucky; but never forgotten. Rest in peace my friend!
Posted by Jena Strobel on May 12, 2014
I knew Lucky back in 1995 1997 the most & more recently around 2011 Lucky was ALWAYS the one person who could make me smile or laugh when I was having "a day", I will miss him more than words will ever say! R.I.P Lucky.......... <3 U ALWAYS! :)
Posted by Diane Donnelly on May 10, 2014
Well, it's been a week. It still doesn't seem real, I find myself picking up the phone to call you and it hits me all over again.

I know you are in a better place but that doesn't make your loss any less. We've had such a close relationship over the past 3 years, lots of ups and downs but through it all you know I loved you like a brother.

I am so glad that we got to see you and that I was able to tell you how much you meant to me. I didn't know it at the time but it was so important.

I love you and will miss you forever. Until we meet again, Rest in Peace.
Posted by Donnelly Dan on May 10, 2014
Lucky, you were my buddy, my business partner, the guy that new me better than anyone except Diane. We had some great times. I beat you down that water slide but you were one tough dude. What a set of fun times in our lives. You were the best. Nothing can replace the void where you resided in my life. I wish the last few years could have been better for you, although you were a trooper. Our bar, your bar, was and is what you made it with Diane and me. I am so very proud to have been a part of your dream come true when we bought and built Lucky Dog Sports Bar. Take care my friend. You are missed, but will never be forgotten. Love you Buddy.
Posted by teressa fouraker on May 10, 2014
Lucky,
you were an awesome soul way to good to be here on this earth. No matter how crappy of a day I was having when you would call you always made me smile. You will be forever missed but not forgotten. You definitely left your mark on mine and many hearts... Take care of my Nathan until we meet again my friend... Rest in peace...
Posted by Allan Fisher on May 10, 2014
Rest in peace my friend, you will be in are hearts and prayers as you make that final journey, never to be forgotten. With heavy hearts we say goodbye till we meet again. You are now pain free R.I.P.
Posted by caron sams on May 10, 2014
I will never forget you. I know you and I had our moments but I could always count on you to be my sounding board. Thank you. R.I.P my friend
Posted by Tina Brown on May 10, 2014
Lucky you were a kind soul and will be missed dearly. Your smile always brightens the room. Always took the time to give a hug and chat. Hope your playing darts with the angels my friend.
Posted by Kim Hustace on May 10, 2014
You were and always will be an amazing man... May your memory never be forgotten.. Everyone that knew you will miss you... Rest in peace

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Recent Tributes
Posted by Diane Donnelly on December 1, 2018
Hey Lucky,
I was thinking about you today... I miss you
Posted by Tami Anderson-Strumbeta on March 21, 2018
Happy birthday Uncle Lucky! I hope you're out there celebrating with Grandma & Grandpa, Aunt Dixie and Timi. You are missed more than you know I love you. XXOO
Posted by Tami Anderson-Strumbeta on May 5, 2017
Hard to believe it's been 3 years today since we lost you. I will never forget this day as long as I live. You're missed and loved more than you know. God speed
Recent stories

State Champs

Shared by Diane Donnelly on June 8, 2014

This is a clip of when Dan and I won 1st at state.
Lucky was so happy and so proud.
He said it was one of the best moments of his life.
His Bar, His Family.
We both cried :) 

Farewell My Friend Lucky ~ By Dan Donnelly

Shared by Diane Donnelly on May 25, 2014

Sometime in the late 80’s, I met Lucky. I try to remember the exact place and date, but it does not seem to be readily available in my memories of him.

 Most likely, it was during a dart tournament. I was a complete new comer to the soft tip dart world. Having grown up playing steel tips, with literally those crummy plastic flighted darts that you can pick up at any bar. That is what my dad had given us kids, from England on one of his many Air Force flights around the world.

I do remember that I was using these soft tip darts, playing in a bar tournament for the first time, and Lucky was the guy that rated me. He brought me in as a 2 or 3, under the old rating system.

 Before you knew it, Lucky and I were on a League team together, I was a 5, and he was up there, 8 or 9 I believe. We had a lot of fun on dart leagues together, and doing tournaments. Probably, very similar to many, many of you.

 In the 90’s, Lucky and I were coordinating darts, him at the Bat Rack and me at Foxy’s Pub. We were always trying to see who could bring in the biggest Dart tournaments. The competition was fierce but I think he beat me more often than not for crowd size. Lucky also taught me so much about Darts, which was actually also teaching me about his life.

 We lived together in the early 90’s after my divorce. Lucky actually helped be pull out of that depression. We partied like there was no tomorrow and boy were there some parties. One, at the house I owned in the Seattle Hill Road area, was just a massive rock and roll party. Funniest thing you could ever see, Lucky in his swim suit, going down the full size water slide he had convinced me to buy and put in our back yard with the pool. I bought it from the old Snoqualmie water park that went bankrupt. Everyone competed, even then, at the party, to see who could get down that 75 foot water slide in the fastest time. After a very long day of eating, drinking and just plain old partying, it was Lucky and me in the race for who would take first place. I beat the big man, but the funniest part was that all day, with maybe 100 trips down that water slide, he continued to race even though each time he came out of the pool with his swim trunks wedged so tight they looked like speedos. (I sure wish I had a picture of that to put in his tribute. Times like that is how I remember Lucky.)

 Lucky was one of the biggest hearted people I ever knew. My wife, Diane, and I went through many different adventures with Lucky over 21 years. With him and Gary Tinder (GT), we felt and became a part of something bigger than just ourselves or our family, as part of Lucky’s dart world. Lucky was instrumental in our first business venture, Eagle Darts over on the Olympic Peninsula, and was not just our friend, but our working partner.

 Lucky was a promotions genius when it came to darts. Whether it was tournaments, league teams or just promoting open play, there is absolutely no-one that could compete with Lucky’s ideas.

 He knew what we as dart players really wanted. He cared about each and every one of us, and it showed through in every aspect of his life while I knew him.

 I have heard some people, without any animosity, question how lucky was Lucky, really?

 These last few years, just looking physically, nothing else, he went through a broken left shoulder, a right then left leg blood vein bypass, than each leg being amputated below the knee, and finally, two days before his passing, another broken shoulder, his right one after being flipped out of his beautiful new powered wheel chair.

 He passed in his sleep due to complications with pain medications. Diane talked to him just hours before, for a long time, and as she has said, he was calm and in good spirits. In all those years of physical mishaps and pain, Lucky never once was much for complaining. Yes, he hurt, and we all talked allot, but although afraid of what the future might bring, he seemed to always pull himself up and move forward.

 I was fortunate in my life with the jobs I attained and have travelled all over the world. From 1997 until January 2010, Diane and I with our family moved and lived in many locations around the United States. Lucky always kept in touch with us and on our return to Seattle in 2010, we went right back into playing darts wherever Lucky was at, and in this case down in Edmonds and then at Flights Pub in Everett.

Lucky was with us a lot of the time, doing holiday events, and overall enjoying his life in the bar and the dart world. While at Flights, Diane, Lucky and I decided to start our second business. It took us around 8 months to finally find the right location.

 I called him while I was looking at Craig’s List, and said I had found a place in Everett called the Doghouse. Talk about destiny. All of you that either shot darts with Lucky, or shot against any of his teams over the many, many years, knows that his teams were always named Lucky Dog. (If Medalist retired team names, Lucky Dog should be one, reserved in honor of Charles Lucky Pence.)

 From the moment we did a walkthrough of the Doghouse, the three of us knew, this was going to be the Lucky Dog Sports Bar, The Biggest Little Sports Bar in Everett.

 I have no regrets, in everything I ever did with Lucky, whether competing at darts, or just working through every day life with him, including owning the Lucky Dog Sports Bar, Lucky was my friend.

 I have always been proud of what he accomplished, and am very proud that he allowed me and my family to be a part of his life, and his dreams.

 Yes, people may question how lucky was Lucky, really? Passing at such a young age in his early 50’s. But at the end of the day, Lucky was one of the kindest, biggest hearted people you will have ever met, and from my perspective, he was one of the luckiest. This was because of the vast number of friends and people he knew and the lives that he touched and that touched him, more often than not in a good way.

 Yes, Lucky was my best friend. He was a true friend who always accepted me and mine for who and what we are, without question, without judgment. I will miss him more than words on paper can portray. He will always have a big spot in my heart, and it will be very hard not to be able to talk to him again. I love you Lucky and I know you are in a great place. Thank you for being my friend.

 

Dan Donnelly  

 

Eagle Darts Blizzard

Shared by Donnelly Dan on May 20, 2014
Way back in 1995, Eagle Darts had worked hard to begin the newest Medalist Dart Operator program in the state with its first Grand Dart Tournament, February, 1995, at Port Orchard Tavern, Lucky, Diane and I spent a month planning, building up 5 special Eagle Darts labeled dart boards as the winner's prizes. Saturday morning of the shoot, 100's planning to come over and celebrate, Lucky, Diane and I are up early and want to get started for a blow out party and shoot. Oh well, we see it is snowing fairly heavily, but we keep planning. By noon, 21 inches of snow! A white out! Diane, Lucky and I settle in and drown our sorrows, I think one team showed up, die hard dart shooters Lucky says to me. Than he says, look at the bright side, we can plan another shoot and we already have the prizes. Laughing, we all face the reality and Lucky helped me get through that supreme let down. He was always my true and closest friend. I will always remember the time with him.