Cristofer Martin Garthe

March 18, 1974July 13, 2018

Cristofer Martin Garthe was born March 18, 1974 in Fullerton, California. He was the son of Richard and Pamela Garthe. He grew up in Placentia, California and graduated from Valencia High School. After attending Fullerton College, he went on a 2-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Sendai, Japan. He then attended BYU-Hawaii where he met the love of his life, Kenna Rae Myers. They were married June 20, 1998 in the Portland Oregon LDS Temple. They have 3 children, Brittanie (18), Spencer (14) and Trent (11). He graduated from BYU (Provo) and was hired by the Houston Rockets and worked for them for 11 years. He then took a job with Topgolf and was the Director of Sales for 3 years. Cris passed away on July 13, 2018, at the age of 44 in Houston, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, 3 children, his mother, 3 sisters, 1 brother, 4 sisters-in-law, 5 brothers-in-law and 27 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Cris had a heart of gold. He was the life of the party and made everyone feel like his best friend. He always gave of himself, his time and his talents to help others. He was a true representative of Jesus Christ through word and action. Cris fought hard, he was a true warrior who never complained and looked for the blessings and the Lord's hand in every aspect of his life. Cris loved his family and made time for them no matter what. He worked hard and played hard, but served his family with his whole heart. He loved the Lord and his family and put them both first in his life. He was a true family man. FAMILIES ARE FOREVER!


  • Visitation Friday, July 20, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, July 21, 2018

Cristofer Martin Garthe

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Ryan Zapalac

September 13, 2018

I was deeply saddened to learn today that Cris had passed. We worked with him on our SHSU Night with the Rockets events and also while he was at Top Golf. He was always so helpful and went the extra mile to help our students in any way possible. He wanted to see them succeed and would do whatever he could to make that happen. He also became a good friend to all of us. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers to all of the family.

Dante Gumucii

August 7, 2018

So sorry to hear of Cris’ passing from my daughter Jesse (two years younger) who heard from my daughter Jordan (his age), both now of Asheville, NC, When Chris was about 14, he went with us to Disneyland. He was always quiet around me. But in response to my question—did he like the apple fritter and mint julip at New Orleans Square—he said in a complete deadpan: “This makes my tastebuds shout HEY!!!,” thrusting his arm into the air on “HEY!!!” And then he continued to eat his fritter with the same deadpan as before!!!!