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Obituary for Dr. Chris Christain
12 September, 1900 - 1 March, 1997
From The Idaho Press-Tribune,
3 March, 1997
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Dr. Chris Christian

     Dr. Chris Christian 51, of Nampa, died suddenly Saturday March 1, 1997, at his home, of cardiac arrest resulting from a long-standing heart condition due to an abnormal heart valve.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, 1997, at the Nampa Civic Center, Father John Tivenan, Mercy Medical Center, will officiate.  Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery, Caldwell.
     Chris was born June 25, 1945, in Lusk, Wyoming, the only son of Pat and John Christian.  He spent his boyhood on the family cattle ranch where he developed his work ethic, his love of and appreciation for family, and his respect for animals.  Chris excelled early in his youth being honored as valedictorian, and class and student body president of his high school.  He was chosen to participate in Boy's State, was a member the Wyoming State champion livestock judging team which competed nationally.  He also participated on debate, wrestling, and football teams.  Chris attended the University of Wyoming and then transferred to Colorado State University where he graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
     He married Keri Cook on June 27, 1965.  After his graduation from veterinary school, Keri, Chris and their young daughter moved to Nampa, joining Millard and Lionel Ickes in veterinary practice at Kindness Animal Hospital, renamed Idaho Veterinary Hospital.  Chris was a genius in the diagnosis and treatment of horses, especially when a lameness was involved.  He brought the latest technology for surgical procedures into the area and his reputation for medical excellence was known throughout the Northwest, leading to referrals from around the country.  He took great pride in mentoring young veterinarians, challenging them to utilize their talents to the fullest.
     In 1989, Chris and his friend Paul Girdner, were the only bidders willing to respond to Ada County's auction to place Les Bois Park Racetrack in private hands.  The move was a great personal risk, and was taken to save the racing industry in Idaho.  Within five years, the operation turned from a loss to a profit and Chris was proud of the dedication, hard work and creativity of the partners, managers and staff of Les Bois Park.
     Chris believed that success in any venture depends upon the efforts of an enthusiastic and competent team.  Chris' teams will carry on those missions he pioneered and wholeheartedly encouraged at Idaho Veterinary Hospital and Les Boise Park.
     Chris was a member of the Idaho Horse Racing Alliance, Idaho Horse Board, Advisory Board to the Northwest Equine Reproductive Laboratory, American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the Boise Opera Board.  He was past president of the Idaho Thoroughbred Breeders Association.
     Chris was so proud of his family.
     He is survived by his wife and best friend, Keri of Nampa; a daughter, Barbara Christian of Nampa; a son, Eric Christian and his wife, Tracy, of Beaverton, Oregon; a daughter, Jennifer and her husband, Jeff Kapis, of Tempe, Arizona; his mother, Pat Christian of Nampa; a sister, Mikell Christain of Yakima, Washington; his beloved granddaughter, Larissa, of Nampa, and his mother-in-law, Helen Cook of Denver.  He will be missed by countless friends, especially a close group of friends known as "The Gourmet Group."
     Chris was preceded in death by his father, John Christian, and his father-in-law, Fred Cook.
     The family suggests that memorials be made to the Dr. Chris Christian Memorial Fund, c/o Gordon Woods, Northwest Equine Reproductive Laboratory, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho 83844.
     A viewing will be held at Alsip Funeral Chapel in Nampa until 8 p.m. today, March 3.