We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Stehn Family Chapels
Christopher R. Wilson of Milwaukie, Oregon passed away on Monday, February 28, 2022 at the age of 55. He was born on February 2, 1967 in San Bernardino, California, and was the son of Robert and Judith (Mustoe) Wilson and the older brother of Heather (Erik) Kamiya. His wife, Kimberly Wilson and children, Phoebe Wilson, Libbi Wilson, Seth (Evelin) Wilson, Molly Wilson, and Given Wilson survive him.
Chris grew up amongst the pine trees and crisp mountain air in Fawnskin, California. The Wilson family moved “down the hill” when Chris was five years old, eventually to Newport Beach, California. In his youth, Chris loved mischief. He treasured the time spent in South Coast Community Church youth group, surfing at Newport Beach, working on the Balboa Island ferry, and attending Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp.
When he graduated, he embarked on a series of trips overseas to the Middle East and Europe. He spoke fondly of his time ministering to East Berlin’s Kurdish community. Chris craved adventure, whether it was passing out bibles in eastern Turkey, running up Yosemite’s Half Dome, or pursuing a degree in soil chemistry from Cal Poly Pomona. At the tender age of twenty-five, he became a father. Children, Phoebe, Libbi, Seth, Molly, and Given arrived over a span of eight years. His children, each a reflection of his inquisitiveness and ornery sense of humor, were his pride and joy.
Chris brightened the lives of so many. He gave bear hugs and endless encouragement. His laugh was contagious, and his love for Jesus and community even more so. He considered his parents, Rob and Judy, his best friends. He was a voracious reader and dreamer. Chris was exceptionally generous in heart and in action, exemplified by him opening his house to others in Cana Seminary. He had a thirty-year career in environmental consulting and management, culminating in him becoming the vice president of Green Environmental Management. He was a treasurer at the Pacific Northwest Cigar Club. He hummed, whistled, and sang constantly. His wife, Kim called him “Crystal Seas” for his mischievous, blue eyes, and he cherished her.
Chris found joy in the simple things: a fragrant cigar, the smell of eucalyptus, freshly-picked blueberries, eggs from the Wilson urban homestead, and quiet mornings with his parrot, Boyd. His friends and family were blessed with the gift of knowing him.
A Celebration of Life will be 4:00 pm, Saturday, March 26, 2022 at the Living Room Coffeehouse and Sellwood Cigar in Portland, Oregon (8524 SE 17th Ave., Portland, OR 97202). Please join us for a cigar in memory of Chris, our dearly loved friend, son, father, and husband.