Chuck Lytle ’59

Charles S. Lytle received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1961 from the University of Arizona. From there he entered the United States Army, serving as First Lieutenant. Upon completion of his military service Charles, better known as Chuck, began his career in senior health care.

Since 1967 he has been actively involved in the management, acquisition, and development of over $1 billion in health care and retirement housing. He began his career managing the medical real estate division of SAFECO Insurance Inc. Later he would hold the position of Vice President for Careage Corporation.

In 1976, with his wife Karen, Chuck took the knowledge he acquired from these positions and established Lytle Enterprises. The family owned company has pioneered changes in the way senior housing communities are built and operate, focusing on the needs of the residents. Today, Lytle Enterprises owns 29 senior housing communities consisting of over 4,300 apartments, proving itself a solid real estate investor in the senior housing industry.

Also in 1976, in conjunction with Lytle Enterprises, Chuck and Karen founded Leisure Care to serve the day to day operational needs of their communities. For just under three decades Chuck successfully led both companies. Chuck’s visionary approach and entrepreneurial style are a key component to Leisure Care rising from its modest beginning to its present status as one of the most successful and respected companies in the industry.

Today, Lytle Enterprises and Leisure Care operate as separate companies but their history is intertwined. Leisure Care continues to manage the daily operations of all Lytle Enterprises-owned communities for which Chuck still serves as Owner and President. He is continually expanding their portfolio through the development and acquisition of retirement communities and assisted living buildings, focusing on quality, upscale projects that will meet the future needs of our seniors.

In addition to his many career successes, Chuck has been involved nationally as a board member in senior housing organizations, community hospitals and health maintenance organizations. Locally, Chuck has served on various boards, including Chairman of Swedish Medical Center Foundation, President of Washington State Special Olympics, Vice Chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society for United

Way, Board Member of the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research, Advisory Board Member of Payless Drugs, and Vice President of PONCHO. He has also been an Annual Fund supporter for Gamma-Rho.