Where to begin? Husband, father, brother, son, businessman, coach, uncle, outdoorsman, athlete, inspiration, mentor, comedian, the man, the myth and the legend. Whether you knew him from the softball field, or in the woods hunting, or on the water with a fishing pole; as a coach, or a teammate, or the life of the party; Christopher David Crain was someone who always left an impression. He wasn’t anyone’s friend because he was everyone’s best friend.
Chris was killed while fighting the world’s largest grizzly bear, or maybe not, but we all know how much he liked to tell his hunting stories. Some people like a long walk on the beach, but Chris preferred the uphill mountain trail, packing elk quarters, with his son Adrian by his side. He also enjoyed teaching Adrian how to play ball. Chris was so proud of Adrian’s baseball success.
Chris was born in Corvallis, Oregon on February 2, 1970. And no, the groundhog did not see it’s shadow that day. He was a young ginger snapper who picked up his first fishing pole at the age of three. That was about the same time he started out-fishing everyone. He could catch a trophy fish in any body of water. He bestowed his fishing skills to his daughter Camille, or as he liked to call her, Bug. She recalls singing Close My Eyes Forever while fishing from their boat.
There’s one side of Chris many of you may not know, he was a fortnight champion. Chris often spent long hours, deep into the night playing fortnight with his youngest daughter Carly. He would never admit that she was better at it than him. In fact, he would often tell her to go to bed so he could keep playing in a futile attempt to beat her the next battle to become the next Battle Royal. On a side note, some say Fortnight got their dance moves from C-Town aka Chris.
Above all else, Mandy was his MVP in this game of life. For 24 years of marriage, Chris and Mandy built a life of love and respect. Together, they were given the blessings of God and their marriage thrived. Chris loved God and had a passion to be surrounded by all that God created. Psalms 23
All jokes aside, Chris loved from the depths of his soul. Just like describe in his favorite bible verse 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Chris’s love was patient, kind, self-less, protecting, trusting, hopeful, and persevering. His friends and family all know this love that Chris gave freely. As the old proverb says, if you give a person a fish, they will eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime. Even though Chris has left this life adventure, he has left us all with the ability to “fish” for ourselves. Through his coaching, his legacy shall live on for generations to come. He’s left his campground happier, more joyful, and more loving than he found it.
Family and friends are invited to attend service on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Meridian Chrurch of Christ, 1555 N Linder Rd Meridian, ID 83642, with a viewing beginning at 1:00 pm. A Celebration of Life will take place at 1:00 pm on Saturday September 18th, 2021 at Rodeo Park 401 Calvary Street Nampa, ID 83687.
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