Christopher James De Leon, age 52, passed away unexpectedly of heart failure on Friday, June 11, 2021.Chris was born in Fairbanks at St. Joseph’s Hospital on January 26, 1969 to Ted and Nancy De Leon. A life long Fairbanks resident, he attended Denali Elementary, Ryan Jr. High and West Valley High School, graduating in 1987. He also attended college at Southern Oregon University.
Chris’ life-long dream was to become a police officer, and in 2002 he graduated from the Alaska State Trooper Academy in Sitka. He served in law enforcement positions in Barrow, Ft Yukon, and the Fairbanks Police Department before retiring. During his tenure, he was a proud member of the tactical team and received many commendations and awards for his service. Chris was also proud to serve in the Alaska Air National Guard for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved spending time in the outdoors with his forever faithful companion, his dog Rigby.
Chris is survived by his greatest gifts, his children, Kaleigh and Gabe (mother Krislyn), father, Ted De Leon, sister, Stacey (De Leon) Wells, uncles Patrick and Louis De Leon (wife Patty), and many cousins, uncles, family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Nancy and paternal grandparents Frank and Mildred Wellman, and maternal grandparents James and Louisa De Leon.
Services will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 6:00 pm with a reception following at the Elk’s Lodge. Arrangements are being made by Blanchard Family Funeral Home, Flowers can be sent to Sacred Heart Cathedral at 1300 Peger Rd in Fairbanks.
1 Peter 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
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