Christopher John Gallegos

28 September, 196520 September, 2021

Christopher J. Gallegos, born September 28th, 1965 in Pueblo Co. left to be with Christ September 20th, 2021 in Scottsdale, AZ

Chris spent his childhood and early adolescent life growing up in Loma, CO. He eventually moved to Arizona, where he pursued his college education and eventually resided in Scottsdale, AZ. Chris graduated from Fruita Monument High School, in Fruita, CO. Attended Mesa State College in Grand Junction and graduated from ASU, in Tempe AZ

He taught physical education and was a coach at both Shepherd Junior High in Tempe, and Mountain View High School in Mesa, AZ, where he led their team two state wrestling titles.

He then pursued a career in the medical field where he was self employed as CG Surgical, representing Footsteps and Titan Medical.

Chris was a hard and dedicated worker. He worked hard and played harder. He loved dirt biking, camping, fishing, golfing, college football and spending quality time with family and friends. He had a career that allowed him to take long periods of time off or take his work with him, to do the things he loved so much.

Beyond traveling to destinations like Mexico, California, Nebraska, to name just a few, his home was Colorado and he spent a good amount of time traveling back home to be with family and friends. He enjoyed the beautiful country and doing all the things he loved to do.

Besides golf and football, which were two of his favorite pastimes, Chris loved a good ole’ party in the backyard or in someone's home (if it was cold). There was nothing better to him than gathering with friends and family, laughing, drinking, good food and enjoying each other's company. If it was possible you could expect a bonfire to be lit and the fire going all night with a drink and a good cigar!

If you knew Chris in any aspect, you knew he was a HUGE Huskers fan, and college football was a passion. There wasn’t anything about college ball you could run by him that he didn’t know or educate you on. He tried to make it to Nebraska when he could to be at the games. Game time at Chris’s house came with multiple televisions placed all over his living room so he never missed anything. Chris was very passionate and driven, When he was a coach he instilled courage, dedication and persistence into his teams. Many stories have been told about how his encouragement and dedication made a positive impact and will forever be remembered for this. He was an inspiration and was held to a high level of respect from those he coached.

He created lasting relationships with so many people throughout the years and made everyone feel special and loved. Everyone was his buddy, his best friend, and someone we looked up to. If Chris cared about you, he was all in and would do anything for you. He was always there to lend a helping hand, give advice, cheer you on or just be your support system. He was one of a kind and will be deeply missed. He was preceded in death by his father Juan (Tony) A. Gallegos, his mother, Rose C. Gallegos. Grandfather, Rumaldo Marquez, Grandmother, Elenora Marquez Grandfather Diego Gallegos, Grandmother Ignacita Gallegos.

He is survived by his sister Mary Kay Thomas (Steve), Nephews Brandon Gallegos, Matthew Gallegos (Kourtney), Niece Kari (Kevin) Fulk. Great Nephews (Elijah and Isaac Gallegos and Amelia, Ben and Colton Fulk) Extended mother, Tina Manzanares, Extended Brothers, Mitchell Manzanares, Anthony Manzanares, Gene Manzanares, Jason Manzanares. Extended sisters, Mary Ann Mora, Juliana Holton and Tina Thyfault. And many Uncles, Aunts, Cousins and friends that loved him so very much. It goes without saying that he also loved and had a special bond with the Bernal and Pacheco families.

The Funeral Service and Celebration of Life is scheduled for:

Friday, October 29th open viewing from 4pm to 8pm at Callahan Edfast Funeral Home. 2515 Patterson Rd, Grand Jct. CO. This is an open viewing time.

Saturday, October 30th, 1:00 PM, Services to be held at Victory Life Church, 2066 Hwy 6&50, Fruita, CO. Celebration of Life to follow at 5pm to 10pm. Adobe Creek Golf Course 876 18 1/2 Rd. Fruita, CO.


  • Visitation

    Friday, 29 October , 2021

  • Viewing

    Saturday, 30 October , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, 30 October , 2021


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, 30 October , 2021


Christopher John Gallegos

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Jasper Manzanares

28 October 2021

My Bro, I shall forever remember our time together, we had a different than most kind of bond. I cannot believe still, your gone? But I won’t ever forget you!
You’ll always be my special, Shoe Peddler!
( one of our things most don’t know! )
We didn’t always see eye to eye, but we always stayed close ! So many plans we had that we didn’t get to do! I will continue what we planned !
Love ya , Bro/Cus !

Anna Cicero

28 October 2021

My name is Anna Cicero and I have known Chris since the late 1980’s when we opened Shepherd Jr High, a beautiful school filled with dedicated teachers like Chris. Attending his wrestling matches were such anxious & exciting moments as he waited for the referee slap on the mat. His face would light up with pride as one by one his students stood victorious. In his personal time he gravitated to many social events where he built so many beautiful relationships with his roommate Scott, a Math teacher, who is now a superintendent in Kansas and with so many of our colleagues . He was like a magnet and we loved it. We went to Mexico’s beaches, watched college football at Nebraska Bars in Scottsdale. He loved hanging out with my huge Hispanic family during Las Posadas at my home to celebrate the Pre- Christmas cultural traditions & foods. (Followed by a few TUMS)
I watched him for years (25+ ) not breaking any ties although he left the teaching profession after Mt. View HS. Just like a campfire , he fueled his friendships with love & warmth. I still have texts from August trying to set up a lunch with friends from Florida… the lunch never happened, he did not reach out when he got sick. Which saddens me since he knows we would have been there for him. He had his reasons I am sure. My term of endearment for Chris was
“Sweet Man” I had my reasons. Chris you will forever be in my heart. Rest In Peace sweet man, until we meet again. I will be in Grand Junction tomorrow to say my adios… ❤️🙏🏼 Anna

Chris Gelarden

27 October 2021

It is an honor Sir
Go Huskers
God be with you

Chris Gelarden

27 October 2021

Chris became an instant friend in junior high
He had the ability to do that
Lets not ever forget this
Chris Its an honor

Mary Ann Mora

19 October 2021

Oh my Dear brother how you will be missed! The memories I have from when we were little to adults! You always told me to never give up on my dreams and to go for what I wanted and said it would take some hard work but that I could do achieve anything I wanted! It’s not gonna be the same without you. Going to miss the summer fun ,even the ornery part of you. I will cherish all the good times we had and you will forever live on we will keep your memory alive! Your smile and laughter will live on. My heart is broken 💔 Rest In Peace my dear brother as you were more a brother than a cousin

Anthony C. Manzanares

16 October 2021

Chris was my loving brother friend and best buddy all in one , since we were kids he always wanted me to spend time with him and I always did in anyway I could from being little kids to high school wrestling to grownups, we played many around of golf together all over Colorado when he came down to visit in the summers, also in az where if I asked him to go play he always showed up, we enjoyed camping and shooting rifles , he would say hey Anthony can you sight my gun in, and thats what we were doing the last time he was here , that and playing golf at numerous courses, I'm broken hearted that he will not be with us, I guess God needed an angle, next summers golfing and camping with him is going to be missed tremendously. Chris your in good hands now , I'll see you again my brother and we shall embrace again
Love your brother, Anthony

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