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Ross Christy “Chris” Price died peacefully, surrounded by his family on July 4th, in Folsom, California at the age of 78.
Chris is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Norma Price; children, Kelly (Meredith) and Patrick Price; grandchildren, Hannah, Luka, and Nicholas Price; nephews, Jeff (Diane), Jim (Lesley), and David (Christina) Ghidossi; nieces Paula (Ken) Sharp and Marsha Cosetti; and many beloved grandnieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Marge Price, sister, Karen Ghidossi, Guy the duck from his cub scout years, and Missy the dog, his faithful Siberian Husky of 18 years.
Chris was born in March 1941 in Berkeley, California to Ross and Marge Price. He graduated from Albany High School and went on to Stanford University to earn a degree in Economics and Marketing. While at Stanford, Chris, was a hall advisor, an intramural chairman, and a member of the Army ROTC program. Upon graduation from Stanford, Chris was commissioned an officer in the US Army and commanded a squadron of tanks in Europe. He reached the rank of Captain in a few short years and was honorably discharged to pursue a professional career at Shell Oil Company. From Shell Oil, Chris joined Golden Gate Petroleum, went on to Mock Resources, co-founded Inner State Gas Services, and consulted for Encana and Wild Goose Natural Gas Storage. Chris officially hung up the reins in 2007 after a career that spanned more than forty years in the natural resources industry.
Chris met Norma in Arizona while on a blind date. Six months later they were engaged and began their marriage of more than 51 years. The Price family career path led them to many different cities throughout the western United States. With many moves, the Price cabin in Lake Tahoe became a second home and took on special significance for the whole family. Upon retirement, Chris and Norma moved to Lake Tahoe full time where they enjoyed skiing in the winter and taking long walks in the summer. Together, they spent time traveling the world, eventually visiting over 25 countries. In Tahoe, they became well known for their annual Christmas Party, celebrated with numerous friends and always held on December 23rd.
Chris had a passion for building professional relationships and possessed an incredible work ethic. This led him to be a very accomplished sales and marketing representative who was very well-respected and known throughout the industry. Always with a customer first attitude, Chris found creative ways to forge new business partnerships that often translated into long lasting family friendships. This was evident in the journeys Chris and Norma took with friends to the far reaches of the globe and in their annual trip to the Calgary Stampede.
Chris possessed an enthusiasm for athletics, reading, music, wood working, and sharing stories with his grandchildren. While his sons were young, Chris volunteered on the soccer field, as Meet Director for Diablo Valley Track and Field, and spent time as a parent liaison for Acalanes High School Track and Field. In addition to the thousands of paperback books he enjoyed through the years, Chris amassed a collection of National Geographic magazines started by his grandfather, going back to 1888. Chris loved music and turned a multilevel antique library card catalogue holder into a CD cabinet for his extensive collection. Additionally, he was very handy with tools and built a number of very sturdy picnic tables that will be forever cherished by his friends and family.
A celebration of life is scheduled for 10:00 am on Thursday, July 25th at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 308 Carmel Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530. An interment will immediately follow at Sunset View Cemetery at 101 Colusa Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530. The family will close the morning celebrations with an informal reception (to be announced). If you are so inclined, please bring a few pictures of yourself with Chris. We will be creating a number of memory boards with pictures representative of all of his adventures with family and friends. All are welcome to attend and help celebrate the incredible life of Chris Price.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Sacramento Food Bank, Wounded Warrior Project, and/or UC Davis Cancer Center. Condolences can be made at PriceFuneralChapel.com.
The family would like to sincerely thank the many caregivers, hospital staff, and UC Davis Cancer Center for their loving and dedicated care of Chris during his journey home.