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1986 Christopher 2022

Christopher Messick

May 30, 1986 — April 25, 2022

Christopher Lee Messick May 30, 1986 - April 25, 2022 Chris, beloved father to Ella and Layla; son of Randel Messick (deceased) and Susan Sekan; brother of Michelle Manlick (Brad) and Shyan Ingrao (Jamie); uncle, grandson, cousin, nephew, friend, co-worker to so many, has left us to rest and be with his dad, grandpa, family and friends who left this earth way too soon. Corporal Messick received Meritorious Achievement Medal while serving as Rigger/MIMMS Clerk, M88 Section, Assault Breacher Vehicle Platoon, Company H&S, 3D Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (FWD) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His passing has left a hole in our hearts, but many loving and cherished memories that have enriched us in untold ways. The sum of Chris’ too short life cannot be summed up appropriately in this long-standing custom of an obituary. Even the word and the custom seem so odd and far removed from what we are experiencing. The grief is too immediate and palpable. As we try to coalesce our shock with the new reality we must grapple with, so many thoughts are crashing down like waves upon the sand. The memories and experiences of Chris has touched everyone in their own unique way. From being a normal little boy to his motocross obsession, his first flying lesson at age 10, family camping trips, sleeping way past his alarm on school days, serving his country proudly being side-by-side his military buddies through the tough times and good times, the birth of his girls, being Uncle Chris, a pal, co-worker, and friend, Chris left his own unique imprint on the fabric of our lives. Chris adored his girls. Ella and Layla need to adjust to something no child should experience this young, their mother, Larissa Cantrell (Josh) feeling the need to try to fill the now empty shoes left by their daddy. No parent should have to bury their child. Chris’ family and friends are now Ella and Layla’s village who will care for them and remind them of their daddy’s love. Please consider celebrating what Chris meant to his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, his co-workers at GCon Construction so generously have set up a GoFundMe page to benefit the lights of Christopher’s life, his girls. The website is Christopher Lee Messick, you were a light to so many, we promise to keep your light burning. Forever in our hearts. High Flight By John Gillespie Magee “Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
 Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.” “Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
 I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace, where never lark, or even eagle, flew; and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand and touched the face of God.”
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Friday, June 24, 2022

11:00am - 3:00 pm (Mountain (no DST) time)

Cira Ballroom at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel

, Glendale, AZ

The celebration for Chris will be held in the Cira Ballroom at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel.

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