Freshman Charlotte Beyke, a computer animation and game development major, passed away April 17. She was 18.

Born August 27, 2002, she was raised in Claremont and was excited to pursue a career in animation because it involved her love of art. In high school, she was an award-winning member of the speech and debate team for all four years, including winning presidential honors her senior year. She excelled in academics and also enjoyed serving in many volunteer activities.

Upon her arrival at Chico State, Beyke immersed herself quickly into her major and impressed her faculty with her acumen and enthusiasm.

“Charlotte was a very creative, talented artist, who was a fantastic and well-liked member of our classroom,” said computer animation and game development (CAGD) professor Kevin Taylor.

CAGD professor Daniel Alioto said Beyke was intelligent, communicative, and kind. Her group partners shared high praise for her group communication, contributions, and personality as a friend.

Beyke had a big heart, loved animals, and was known for her kindness and consideration. Her family shared that while she loved the beach and Disneyland, she became enamored with Chico, its wide-open spaces, and small-town feel. In addition to her academic studies, she maintained her talents as an artist and filled her sketchbooks with paintings of oranges, mountains, storybook cottages, and mythical characters.

She is survived by her parents, Joseph Michael Beyke and Janet Major Beyke, sister Claire Beyke, and brother Phillip Jimenez. No services are planned yet due to COVID-19, but we will share details when they are finalized. The University flag will be lowered Tuesday, May 18, in her memory.