Christopher Johnston Powers

June 8, 1955June 21, 2012

Christopher Johnston Powers died peacefully surrounded by his family and closest friends near midnight on June 21st of injuries sustained in a serious cycling accident nearly 1 month earlier. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 27th at First Baptist at 805 Montana at 1:30 PM. All are welcome. Chris was born on June 8th, 1955 in Newton-Wellesley hospital in Massachusetts, the oldest of six children born to the late William Rowland Powers III and his surviving wife Sarah Snelling Powers. He grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island and was graduated from Moses Brown School in nearby Providence in 1973. A subsequent graduate of Harvard University and the University of Virginia Law School, Chris went on to accept a position with the law firm of Kemp Smith in El Paso where he would go on to become partner. It was while at Kemp Smith that Chris met the close friends and ultimately the woman who would draw him so tightly and inseparably to El Paso. He married Peggy Ann Azar in 1985 and she was the love of his life until the end. With her he raised their two wonderful children, Christopher J Powers, Jr. and Sarah Beth Powers. The remarkable people they have become and the fierce love they hold for him are testament to the strength, character, integrity, and affection with which he lived out a life of faith and service in his role as Husband and Father. He would need this love of Peggy and the kids when, in 1994, he made the difficult decision to leave Kemp Smith and the close friends he had formed there and return, as a 40 year old medical student to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. His studies took him and his young family to Texas Tech in Lubbock, from which he was graduated in 1998 , earning among other awards along the way the Berlex Best Teaching Resident Award bestowed by his classmates to that resident best exemplifying the qualities of service and compassion. He completed his Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, begun at the University of Connecticut, at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in El Paso in 2002, going on to join the faculty of the Texas Tech School of Medicine, a position he held for 6 years. In this position, as it seemed in all areas of his life, he would be repeatedly recognized for the outstanding quality of his work and his service to those around him. And as he embarked on private practice in 2009, these qualities of integrity, service, and compassion would endear him to all he served with or cared for, be they patients, colleagues, employees or hospital staff. He was uncommonly loved and respected by the medical community and patients with whom and for whom he worked. Medicine, though, was just a part of who Chris was. Chris was blessed with a deep and mature faith in Christ, a faith which bore fruit in so many areas of his life. As a volunteer MD at the Baptist Clinic and, along with Peggy, as a board member of the Wayside Teen Center he gave freely of his time and resources. But it is in the countless personal relationships with persons of all stations, high and low, friend or acquaintance, close family or complete stranger that his light shown most brightly. To his many friends in the cycling community he was known as a fierce competitor, but more so as the best kind of companion and confidant for a long, easy, weekend ride in the desert or the mountains always using that occasion of the sport he so loved as one more chance to listen, share, support, witness - simply to be a friend. To old friends and traveling companions he was the first call when a new adventure was being formed, an indispensable and iridescent member of the expedition whether it be trekking in Nepal, climbing the Grand, or kayaking the Snake River in Idaho. To colleagues and co-workers he was both student and mentor with a humility and openness which belied the respect and affection in which he was universally held. To his family he was the rock, the most wonderful expression of what it means to be husband, father, son, and brother. To many, many more he was the rarest of people, a touchstone, compass, and North Star showing the way towards a life of meaning, purpose and love. He will be deeply, deeply missed. In addition to his immediate family, Chris is survived by his mother Sarah Powers, his siblings Bill Powers, Sally (Cal) Frese, Janet Martucci, Donald (Dana) Powers and Becca Larew, his parents-in-law Phil and Bette Azar, his sister-in-law Pam (Scott) Hunsaker, brother-in-law Phillip Azar Jr. and many nephews and nieces who adored him. Donations in his memory would be welcomed at First Baptist Church, 805 Montana Ave., El Paso, TX 79902, The Baptist Clinic, 816 S. Florence, El Paso, TX 79901, the Wayside Teen Center, 10964 Montwood Dr., El Paso, TX 79935, the UMC Trauma Center, 4815 Alameda, El Paso, TX 79905, or a charity of your choice. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr. El Paso, TX 79912.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Christopher Johnston Powers

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August 22, 2013

Dr. Powers,

I still have you in my thoughts. I am very thankful for the blessing you delivered for me. My son Christopher Anthony! You are very missed and I have you and your family in my prayers!

Beverly Aguilar

July 12, 2013

Although its been a year since we lost an amazing Dr, friend, Father, husband and son may this candle represent the flame that lights our souls in his memory. You will never be forgotten and you will always be remembered and you will all always live in our hearts. May god continue to bless and strengthen his wife and children. RIP Dr Powers!

Katie Guerra-Beaver

June 22, 2013

As we have come upon the 1 year anniversary of his death I want you, his family, to know that Chris continues to be in my thoughts and you in my prayers frequently. He had such an impact on my life, not only in delivering my 2 boys, but he also became a great friend. Chris is sorely missed and I continue to be thankful for his presence in my life.

Love and blessings to you all.

May 10, 2013

I only got to work with Dr Powers for a short period of time but thats all the time I needed to know that he was an awsome person. His smile could brighten any room. My condolences to Peggy and the rest of his family who he held close to his heart. May he live forever in yours. I work with a couple of Drs who shared many good times with him and miss him dearly. He will live on forever in the minds and hearts of all those whos life he changed.

Lupe and Mario Vargas

February 14, 2013

To the Powers family,
Hoping all of you are doing well & not a day goes by without thinking of you three & Dr. Powers. May you all know our hearts still go out to you & that Dr. Powers is greatly missed by our family as well. God bless you everyday & know how much he is smiling at all three of you. Thank you Dr. Powers, again, for bringing our girls safely into this world.

Daniel Poneman

September 4, 2012

Chris was the first person I met at Harvard after my roommates. We were standing on a sunny September day in a line in front of Memorial Hall. He was extremely nice. We never got to know each other well but I think it is striking that I have a sharp, bright, clear memory of him after a brief encounter nearly 40 years ago. Please accept my most sincere sympathy at this tragic loss. Sincerely, Dan Poneman

Lupe and Mario Vargas

August 31, 2012

To Peggy, Christopher Jr, & Sara,
Please know that my heart still goes out to each of you everyday. Dr. Powers was an amazing doctor & wonderful human being. He brought our two beautiful girls, Vivian & Evelyn, into this world without hesitation. He loved what he did & he loved his family dearly. He spoke so foundly of each of you every time we spoke. I thank the Lord for putting him in my path & helping me with my pregnancies. This world is not the same. Please know my prayers & heart goes out to each of you everyday. Follow his footsteps and I am sure of it, we will meet again someday. So sorry for your lost and accept our deepest condolences. God bless you all.

Max Grossman

August 18, 2012

My wife Sondra and I wish to extend to the family of Dr. Powers our heartfelt condolences. We have been terribly saddened by his passing. He was our doctor, and an extremely kind, generous and righteous man. We will miss him very much, and we will keep him in our prayers. We know that he was not only among the very best and most committed physicians in Texas, but he was also a man of deep faith. In his honor we are planting a grove trees in Jerusalem. If there is anything at all that we can do for his family during this difficult time, I hope that they will not hesitate to call upon us.

Andrea Galusha MD

August 13, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of Chris's passing. He helped me through a difficult year.. the second year of our medical residency What turned out to be a welcoming back for him and a departure for me.. It is so difficult to see such an excellent doctor leave the pulpit and then leave his calling so early

Jessica Herrera

August 10, 2012

On half of the Rivera Family he will be missed dearly he brought joy and happiness into our lives Alexis Nicole Rivera and Mercedes Rivera our children and with that being said thank u

Juan And Jessica Rivera