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Christopher R. Narayanan

October 14, 1974September 25, 2021
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It is with great sadness that on Saturday September 25th, 2021, Chris Narayanan, resident of Bartlett TN, passed away at the age of 46.

Chris was born in New Brunswick, NJ on October 14, 1974. He graduated from Manalapan High School in June of 1992 prior to attending Penn State for two years. After completing his sophomore year, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in May of 1994 where he spent three months in boot camp at Quantico before being stationed at Camp Lejeune where he completed three tours to Okinawa, Japan; Europe, and Kuwait.

After being discharged as an active duty Marine infantryman in May 1998, he joined Texas A&M in June where he continued to keep close ties to his alma mater to date. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in agricultural economics with a focus on farm and range management. While continuing to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve, he received a master's degree in rangeland ecology and management from Texas A&M in 2003 as well. While at A&M, he competed on the university's rodeo team. He rode bare bronc and was a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He carried his PRCA card in his wallet long after he stopped riding.

Chris completed his MBA at the University of Texas’ Macomb School of Business in 2007 while working for a hedge fund in Dallas and then later moved to New York to work at Morgan Stanley. From 2011 to 2016, he was head of Agricultural Commodities Research at Societe Generale (Soc Gen) investment bank in New York where he met his wife, Aparna, prior to moving to Memphis, Tennessee. In 2017, Texas A&M's Department of Agricultural Economics awarded him with its highest honor, inducting Narayanan into the Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry.

In July 2020, he had been working as a farm-management specialist for the University of Tennessee’s Ag extension and had just begun pursuing a doctorate of liberal studies (DLS) this year at the University of Memphis which focused on an interdisciplinary study on the intersection between food policy and national security.

Chris was an avid reader who always enjoyed learning and challenging himself. He, also, enjoyed the great outdoors often going fishing and hunting with his friends but his favorite pastime is where he could be found up early on a Saturday morning with his smoker going with either brisket or ribs, watching SEC football with his wife. Chris was also a man of his faith. As a member of Faith Baptist Bartlett, he was involved in many church activities such as community groups, one on one discipleship, men’s ministry, and volunteered on the church security team . As a veteran, he knew the importance of supporting other veterans and had started a veterans ministry at church hoping to connect the dots for veterans transitioning to civilian life with a purpose driven life in Christ.

Chris is survived by his wife, Aparna Basu Narayanan; his parents, Kanthi and Nani Narayanan; his brother and sister in law, Raj and Shivani Narayanan; and his nephew, Milan Narayanan.

A visitation for Chris will be held Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Faith Baptist Church, 3755 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN 38133 with the funeral service to follow. The committal service will be Monday, October 11, 2021 at 9:00 AM at West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 4000 Forest Hill Irene Rd, Memphis, TN 38125. A reception will follow the committal Monday, October 11, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN 38133.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MemphisFuneralGermantownParkway.com for the Narayanan family.

  • FAMILY

  • Aparna Basu Narayanan, Wife
  • Kanthi and Nani Narayanan, Parents
  • Raj Narayanan, Brother
  • Shivani Narayanan, Sister-in-law
  • Milan Narayanan, Nephew

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 9, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 9, 2021

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  • Committal Service

    Monday, October 11, 2021

  • Reception

    Monday, October 11, 2021

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Tom Clarkson

October 9, 2021

Chris and I met in NYC while both working in finance for Morgan Stanley. Once we figured out we were both Marines, the bond was immediate. The picture is of us along with a Marine who needs no introduction and goes by the name “Chaos”. Every time I look at this picture it makes me laugh. There’s me in uniform giggling like a school girl, Chris trying to maintain some semblance of bearing with a cockeyed tie, and Chaos in between us grinning from ear to ear, beaming like a proud pop. Chris was a great Marine and a dear friend and he will be missed. Get the smoker goin in heaven and I’ll see you on the other side. Semper Fidelis.

Ryan Bareilles

October 8, 2021

I first met Chris when arriving at Texas A&M in the fall of 2003. Fresh out of the Army, and in desperate need for a beacon to help navigate me through this new and alien experience, The Aggie Veterans Association welcomed me with open arms. Chris was an officer and leader in that organization, and became an instant friend and roll model. As we kept in touch over the years, I began to sense he was destined for greatness and quickly becoming a leader of prominence in the finance industry. In 2013, I was able to briefly reconnect with Chris for a great evening in NYC after another deployment. Rest easy old friend, you are not forgotten.

Kurt Ahrens

October 8, 2021

I’ve known Chris for almost 10 years. We spent several hours doing crop tours and industry events together. His knowledge of grain was vast. He was a great man with a pure heart. He was a protector and a gentleman. I’ve seen him defuse tense situations with a joke and smile. He loved his family and God. They don’t make ‘em like that anymore. I miss you Chris.

Rich Jankowski

October 7, 2021

I really consider myself blessed to have called Chris a good friend. We served together in the Marines, and while I didn't know him well at that time, we became good friends afterwards. We both lived in NYC, and would frequently get together for Yankees and Rangers games, dinner and cigars. We traveled to USMC reunions together, and I was fortunate to have been to several of his BBQs.

When he moved to Memphis, I always said I would find time to get there for a visit, but I never did.

Chris was one of a kind, a true friend that was always there for you, who never forgot his Marine brothers, may he rest in peace.

NATHAN MCCRANEY

October 7, 2021

My friend Chris will be greatly missed by so many. He was an intellectual, kind hearted, witty, and a pleasure to speak with. I even enjoyed our arguments. I am glad we became close after the Corps and am gladq we got to know each other's families.
My deepest condolences and prayers are with his sweet family, whom I love dearly.

Pete Stines

October 6, 2021

Chris was one my closest and most dear friends. I knew Chris for over 30 years, we served together in the military and have always been there for one another through life's tribulations. Chris and my son Jack loved each other and have had beautiful moments together. I believed Chris would have always been here me during difficult times and would by my crutch through my demons... now he's gone & I'm left to battle alone. Even though we didn't communicate daily, we had a Neverending bond. I will miss you brother.

Love Pete.

Erin Wright

October 6, 2021

Deeply saddened by the loss of this Amazing Man, Warrior… kindest of friends. He was a true support for my brother. May they Rest In Peace together.

Mekkos Beech

October 6, 2021

I’m gonna miss out talks, brother. You’ve always been a great source of wisdom for me. Thanks for the bourbon, the listening, and the memories. I love you.

Ed Collins

October 6, 2021

Chris and I first met officially on our annual pre Christmas family New York trip. We had communicated on Texags for years prior to that. We immediately hit it off and it became an annual tradition for all of us to eat at the Empire Steakhouse where Chris knew everyone and we were treated like royalty.

He was brilliant, a Christian, a fiercely loyal friend, devoted Aggie, Marine, cowboy, larger than life man who was also one of my favorite people to talk to.

We talked about our faith, our families, Aggie football, politics, life, and everything else. And it was always so much fun,

Sorry I can not make the services but know that our prayers and love are constant.

Chris, you will be missed. But I am firmly convinced we will meet again and enjoy long conversations for eternity.

Rest In Peace my friend.

Elizabeth Misa

October 5, 2021

I first met Chris at my brother, Jimmy's, retirement party from the Marine Corp on Parris Island and Chris instantly became family. My brother and Chris were friends for over 20 years, and Chris called Jimmy his "cheeky little brother." This summer, Chris was a rock and a resource during my brother's services. And our family will forever be grateful. Rest in peace, Warrior. Semper Fidelis.....Always faithful.

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Biography

It is with great sadness that on Saturday September 25th, 2021, Chris Narayanan, resident of Bartlett TN, passed away at the age of 46.

Chris was born in New Brunswick, NJ on October 14, 1974. He graduated from Manalapan High School in June of 1992 prior to attending Penn State for two years. After completing his sophomore year, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in May of 1994 where he spent three months in boot camp at Quantico before being stationed at Camp Lejeune where he completed three tours to Okinawa, Japan; Europe, and Kuwait.

After being discharged as an active duty Marine infantryman in May 1998, he joined Texas A&M in June where he continued to keep close ties to his alma mater to date. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in agricultural economics with a focus on farm and range management. While continuing to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve, he received a master's degree in rangeland ecology and management from Texas A&M in 2003 as well. While at A&M, he competed on the university's rodeo team. He rode bare bronc and was a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He carried his PRCA card in his wallet long after he stopped riding.

Chris completed his MBA at the University of Texas’ Macomb School of Business in 2007 while working for a hedge fund in Dallas and then later moved to New York to work at Morgan Stanley. From 2011 to 2016, he was head of Agricultural Commodities Research at Societe Generale (Soc Gen) investment bank in New York where he met his wife, Aparna, prior to moving to Memphis, Tennessee. In 2017, Texas A&M's Department of Agricultural Economics awarded him with its highest honor, inducting Narayanan into the Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry.

In July 2020, he had been working as a farm-management specialist for the University of Tennessee’s Ag extension and had just begun pursuing a doctorate of liberal studies (DLS) this year at the University of Memphis which focused on an interdisciplinary study on the intersection between food policy and national security.

Chris was an avid reader who always enjoyed learning and challenging himself. He, also, enjoyed the great outdoors often going fishing and hunting with his friends but his favorite pastime is where he could be found up early on a Saturday morning with his smoker going with either brisket or ribs, watching SEC football with his wife. Chris was also a man of his faith. As a member of Faith Baptist Bartlett, he was involved in many church activities such as community groups, one on one discipleship, men’s ministry, and volunteered on the church security team . As a veteran, he knew the importance of supporting other veterans and had started a veterans ministry at church hoping to connect the dots for veterans transitioning to civilian life with a purpose driven life in Christ.

Chris is survived by his wife, Aparna Basu Narayanan; his parents, Kanthi and Nani Narayanan; his brother and sister in law, Raj and Shivani Narayanan; and his nephew, Milan Narayanan.

A visitation for Chris will be held Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Faith Baptist Church, 3755 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN 38133 with the funeral service to follow. The committal service will be Monday, October 11, 2021 at 9:00 AM at West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 4000 Forest Hill Irene Rd, Memphis, TN 38125. A reception will follow the committal Monday, October 11, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN 38133.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MemphisFuneralGermantownParkway.com for the Narayanan family.