×

Sunset Hills Memorial Park & Funeral Home

1215 145Th Place Se, Bellevue, WA

OBITUARY

Craig Andrew Christopherson

June 29, 1965October 28, 2019

Craig Andrew Christopherson, lately of Redmond, WA, passed away on Monday October 28, 2019 in Seattle, WA at the age of 54 due to complications from cancer.

Craig was born on June 29, 1965 at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, WA to Jerry and June Christopherson. He has an older sister Susan and a younger sister Barbara. He lived in the beautiful Pacific Northwest for most of his life.

A natural athlete, Craig began playing team sports at the age of six. He played soccer, basketball and baseball actively throughout his youth and through high school. During his college years, Craig was goalkeeper for the University of Washington soccer team. Many of his teammates became friends for life.

After he graduated from University of Washington in 1987 with a degree in Criminal Justice, Craig began his career at the Boeing Company where he continued to work for over 30 years.

Over the years his main interests were snowboarding, mountain biking and fishing. He loved the outdoors and spent the majority of his free time throughout Washington, Idaho, Utah and Canada pursuing those activities with friends.

Craig is survived by his mother June (Marlowe) Christopherson of Redmond, WA, sisters Susan (Steven) Hatch of Credit River, MN and Barbara Christopherson of Seattle, WA. Craig was preceded in death by his father Jerry Andrew Christopherson. Craig is also survived by a nephew Erik Hatch (Kristina) of Lakeville, MN, and nieces Ashley Hill (Cory) of Waterloo, IA, and Ainsley Hatch of Credit River, MN. Craig was a beloved great uncle of the youngest generation of the family, grandnephews and nieces Carmen, Levi, Nicky, Charlotte and Anders.

Craig passed away surrounded by family and friends on Monday October 28, 2019 in Seattle, WA . Funeral services begin at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 3 at Sunset Hills Funeral Home in Bellevue, WA. Viewing for family and friends will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the same location.

The family wishes to give special thanks to the doctors and staff at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the University of Washington Medical Center for their dedicated care, as well as the many family members and friends who have offered their love and support over the last few years.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, November 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, November 3, 2019
  • Committal Service Sunday, November 3, 2019

Memories

Craig Andrew Christopherson

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Camtu Nguyen

November 3, 2019

My dearest Craig, I celebrate your life today and forever you will be in my heart. I will always cherish the many fun adventures we have shared and all the beautiful memories we have created along the way. It has been a blessing to have been a part of your life, and you, a part of mine. I admired your bravery, your strength, your determination and your endurance throughout your fight with this malicious disease. I love you and you will be greatly missed. So long for now.

Todd Gibbs

November 2, 2019

Craig Christopherson Middle fk Boise river August 2018.

Todd Gibbs

November 2, 2019

An insirational story about Craig.

About a year ago last August. Craig came to Idaho to fish my favorite dry fly fishing run on the Middle Fk Boise river. I had been bugging him to do it for years! I said get here...its now or never...please come! Well he finally came and we had the best time ever!

Craig had been through surgeries and chemotherapy and medical appointments and honestly he confided in me he was not feeling that great but he looked well. But I new he was having a bit of a hard time for sure.

Fishing my favorite run reqiures you fish the last 3-4 hours before dark and stand in the river up to your arm pits so you can cast to trout on the opposite bank. Not only did Craig master drifting a dry fly those two days but he stood next to me in the freezing river for hours until past dusk. I kept stealing glances to see how he was doing and to coach him and he was just completely self absorbed with it as I get. I was so proud and insired by him! When he hooked and played a fish he had a grin on his face I will never forget. He said "this sure beats chasing steelhead for hours in the freezing cold when a trout rises for my fly on every cast!" He caught quite a few fish those two days and it was most memorable.

We finished the trip with a float on inner tubes down the river and talked about anything, everything and nothing for hours. When we got to the take out he just wanted to sit on the inner tubes and look at the blue sky and pines and share memories and just say nothing at all and enjoy the day. It was very memorable!

He will always be with me in my heart and spirit when I fish my favorite fishing run and it will never be quite the same..

In memory of my friend Craig Chistopherson...Miss you! Love you Bro!

Todd Gibbs

Todd Gibbs

November 2, 2019

Early in our friendship. Me and Craig used to share our exploits in sports. He told me the funniest story like only Craig could, about his tryout with the Seattle Sounders at Renton stadium.

He expressed that making the jump to the next level tending goal was an eye opener. Players were working him and schooling him as they out foxed him and drove the ball into the net. A Brithish born player (Craig loved everything British because of his love of soccer I believe.) twisted Craig inside out, drove the ball into the back of the net and as Craig picked himself up off the turf, he turned to him with hands outstretched in disgust and in his best cockney British accent said "Cmon Gooaalii!. Craig said it was pretty humbling and mostly humiliating! But I just thought it was amazing he had a try out with the Seattle Sounders!

Needless to say, every opportunity I got for our 32 year friendship. Every time Craig did something silly, funny, stupid or crashed on his snowboard. I would come riding up, spray him with snow and say....Cmon gooaalii!

This was just one of many special memories I got to share with Craig that made him such a great guy and dear friend.

In loving memory!..Thank you Craig!

Todd Gibbs

Jack Reges

November 2, 2019

For the past several years Craig was an esteemed member of our fantasy football league.
He was a gentleman, a keen competitor and a friend. We are honored to be.among the many who will miss him.

RON REED

November 2, 2019

I got to know Craig at Boeing when he was the lead of the 2nd shift Manufacturing Engineering team on the 787. His technical aptitude and process knowledge was highly respected and utilized by many within the ME team and trusted by our liaison engineering peers and manufacturing customers. His quiet unassuming personality made him easy to talk to but didn’t prevent him from challenging leadership and standing his ground if he felt we were heading in the wrong direction. Ok I’ll be frank, he educated me, helped me manage the team, and saved my bacon many times. For that and our workplace friendship I am forever grateful. Rest In Peace my friend.

Marri Barnett

November 1, 2019

I just found out Craig passed away. He was my Team Lead and was a terrific teacher. We were under constant stress and often would find something to lighten the day. Often laughing at the chaos the shop people would drop in our laps. He will be missed. Sending light and love to his family in the dark times ahead.

Marri Barnett

Keith Byrum

November 1, 2019

You will be deeply missed in this world little buddy ! You are a fantastic person !!! See you in the another world.

Skipper i.e. Keith Byrum.

Alberta Green

November 1, 2019

Hi, I first met Craig at the 787 Everett Modification Center in 2012. Craig was my awesome Engineer, and he supported me in any way that he could. Craig, I will forever miss your smile and amazing attitude. Rest in peace, my friend.
Love,
Princess

Steve Anderson

November 1, 2019

I met Craig when I started at Harbour Pointe. He was my lead and mentor for my early time in company. He was open and dedicated but could present a sense a humor. Over the years there were a few adventures that occurred. Craig loved sports, mountain biking and snowboarding. He always wanted to go to 13 Coins before going home after a night out. I think we went once. He will be missed as a close friend and mentor.

FROM THE FAMILY