Christopher Blake Sainsbury

October 17, 1986November 21, 2012

A mom’s worst fear is my reality as I write an obituary for my first born child, Christopher Blake Sainsbury. He was born in Roseville on October 17, 1986 and died on November 21, 2012. In addition to leaving me, Susan McQueen, he also leaves behind his brother, Elliott Sainsbury & his sister, Leah Sainsbury; also his paternal grandma, Dorothy Sainsbury, Penn Valley. He also leaves his beloved daughter, Austin Helaine, of Omaha, Nebraska. Christopher was torn from the love of his life, Katie Pulliam, Grass Valley, before their lives could be joined. Christopher is preceded in death by his father, Bill Sainsbury. Christopher went through the LUSD schools; Kindergarten through 6th grade at Loomis Grammar, and Placer Elementary for 7th & 8th grades. Christopher went on to Del Oro before graduating from Maidu HS in 2005. After graduation, Christopher joined the Army & served his country proudly for 7 years; he was deployed for 2 tours in Iraq & 1 tour in Afghanistan. He was awarded a purple heart for gunshot wounds received during a patrol in Salam Pak in May of 2007.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Support Our Troops, Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital (Salt Lake City), or a charity you prefer. Most importantly, please promise your family you will wear a seat belt: they do save lives. Christopher, we will miss you so much.



  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 4, 2012
  • Visitation Monday, December 3, 2012


  • Committal Service

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Christopher Shupert

December 15, 2012

I'm so sorry to hear about Chris, we showed up to the 173rd in Italy the same day as each other and I became friends with the "Ranger" right off the get go. He will be missed!

The Rock! Battle Hard!

SSG Shupert, Christopher R.

MSG(Army) Dean Dawson

December 14, 2012

Dear Mrs Sainsbury, please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your dearest beloved Christopher. Ours will be a little more sadder world this day knowing that your good Son has gone on to fulfill his mission with the Great Commander; he will highly thought of as a good man and defender of our nation. Please continue to let his precious Daughter know what a fine Dad he was and let her know that he will always be her special Angel.

Lacey Barker, SGT

December 12, 2012

You always had a smile on your face and made the best of every day. You will truly be missed by all. Thinking of your loved ones through this time of hardship.

December 12, 2012

So sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

Joseph Lary

December 12, 2012

Hello Ma'am, my name is SSG Lary and station in Korea and was reading the safety reports the Army reports. I readed the article about your son and so sorry for your lost and for another brother in arms who we lost as well. I pray his daughter recovers fully, and may God watch over her and your entire family now and forever. May God bless you all during the Holidays as you all go through this time!

SCF Watts (RET)

December 11, 2012

So very Sorry for your Loss, he is with the Lord now.Continue to pray. May God Bless you and your family.

CW2 Trevor Westermann

December 11, 2012

So very sorry for your loss. Your son's service is greatly appreciated.


December 7, 2012

Chris was such a wonderful person. It's not fair to lose such a good man at such a young age. He accomplished so much, though, during his lifetime. He will live on through the happiness he brought to everyone and the memories shared.

Glenda Ragan

December 6, 2012


I was at the cemetery the day of the funeral. If you will contact me I have a special gift for you and your family. I don't know how to reach you.

Glenda Ragan

December 5, 2012