Palm Cheyenne Mortuary

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Christopher H Villarreal

December 13, 1976July 25, 2020
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Christopher H Villarreal, age 43, of North Las Vegas, Nevada passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2020. Christopher was born December 13, 1976 in Las Vegas, NV.

I started at the Rio in March of 2003 as a seasonal cook. I applied as a seasonal cook because that was all that was available at the time and he wanted to “get my foot in the door”. I worked as a seasonal cook for about 2 months but as I was doing so there were over time hours available in Banquets. As I worked both outlets through the 2 weeks the Chefs started to notice me and had already knew I had steakhouse and a gourmet food back ground as my most recent job occupation was 3 years at Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant Delmonico Steak in the Venetian. My Chefs then offered me a cook position in our old steak house here at the Rio called Fiore. I work there as a cook for about a little over a year and then was awarded the senior cooks title. I then worked as senior cook for about 3 years and then the opportunity to be in the C.A.M.P. program became available. This was an internal apprentice program that consisted of 6 students and was mentored by the Assistant Executive Chef at the time. The C.A.M.P. program consisted of shadowing different Room Chefs in different outlets, covering their days off and pairing up with a different room chef, planning and executing a menu every Saturday for our Chefs meetings. We would start prep the day before at 6am, work with a Chef in their outlet that day until 11 pm and be back at 6 am the next day to execute the Chef’s meeting. After the Chef’s meeting I would then work with a Chef in their outlet that night until close again. I did this for a good 6-8 months until I started to cover Chef’s days off and work there outlets as a Relief Room Chef. After the role of Relief Room Chef I was promoted to Chef Tournant in All-American Bar and Grill. I did this for about 3 years but my interest always remained in wanting to work in banquets. I saw that it was a unique environment also the way that things were always changing and never the same daily. The food was different, the organization of execution was a certain way and I wanted to take on that challenge for myself. So finally after bugging my chef for 3 years I was finally given the chance to work in Banquets as a Chef Tournant with Chef Leticia Nunez. Same pay but, I really didn’t care as this is what I had been waiting for, for a long time. I got a lot of exposer to the the Garde Manger side as well as the hot side of banquets for about 3 years then, the opportunity for the All American Bar and Grill Room Chef position opened up. It was offered to me so I took it as I felt this was an opportunity to show I was able to run my own operation and kitchen. Even though my heart was in banquets I felt I needed to prove myself even more so I took it. I stayed in all American for a little under a year, it was not very long but I felt I had learned quit a lot and gained knowledge of a high volume business level restaurant. There then was an opening for the job title at the time “Assistant Executive Banquet Chef” and when I saw the opportunity for that position I applied. I then became assistant to the Executive Banquet at the time Chef David Andrews. I then started to learn from him as he started to show me more and more in depth of how banquet functions are planned, organization of the kitchen and why it needs to be that way, more intense menu planning and why it is always important to always have a plan B if not a plan C. I was shown how to adapt to situations that I had never been in before in my whole career and how to have patience and not jump the gun. I’m not going say I never fail because I do but, failing is the only way you learn how not to and the only way you can develop to become better. A few years later the role of Banquet Garde Manger Chef became available so I applied and I was offered this role by the new Executive Banquet Leticia Nunez. I wanted to assume this role as I felt it would help my career and expand skills as a banquet Chef. I would also be learning from all of her knowledge that she has acquired through her career as a Banquet Garde Manger Chef. My passion for food and my want for new challenges and thoughts of diversity will always be in me. I have always loved food and loved being involved with it ever since I was three years old. I’m 40 years old now and I know I’m not perfect but, in my eyes I can definitely strive to be and reach for what is next for me and my career. Thank you, Chris

A visitation for Christopher will be held Monday, August 3, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Palm Cheyenne Mortuary, 7400 West Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89129. A funeral service will occur Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, 7400 West Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89129. A graveside service will occur Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Memory Gardens Memorial Park, 7251 West Lone Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89129. A burial will follow at Bunkers Memorial Garden, 7251 W LONE MOUNTAIN RD, LAS VEGAS, Nevada 89129-5907.

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


  • Visitation

    Monday, August 3, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020

  • Graveside service

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020


Christopher H Villarreal

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Isabel Lopez

August 8, 2020

You will always be in my heart!
I miss you so much.
You were such an awesome kid.
You loved your kids with all your heart.
I’m going to miss our visits.
You always made a point to come to Mother’s Day brunch, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I’m going to miss your creative foods you would bring to our gatherings.
My heart is broken.
You are gone to soon.
I love you with all my heart!
Auntie Bell

Tina Villarreal

August 6, 2020

Lisa Lynn Backus

August 5, 2020

Chef, thank you for two years of working together and creating many fabulous events at the Rio!

I am honored to have learned so much from you!!

I wish peace and healing for your family and friends!!!

Pasquale (Pat) DeFilippo

August 4, 2020

I worked at the Rio and met Chris there, I was a bartender and used to setup our bar for Club Rio/Scintas show and met Chris in the kitchen. He was always very happy and friendly when I knew him, I lost track of him after I left the Rio but I am very saddened to hear of his passing, he always said hello to me and we spoke many times I knew he was a good kid and had a bright future, may he Rest In Peace.

Leah Limone-Conti

August 4, 2020

We all loved you Chris. You will forever be a part of our family. It will never be the Same in there without you. Thank you for all the wonderful meals. Especially when we did our tastings together. I lost my girlish figure on account of you. May you Rest In Peace and know how much you will be missed❤️ Leah

Marianne Tandle

August 3, 2020

Chris, you will be dearly missed. You definitely left us too soon. I will never forget how excited you would get when you talked about your cooking. I could see the passion in your face. Rest In Peace my dear cousin. Until we meet again. 😔😢

Sommer Gay

August 1, 2020

I’m so sorry. Please know he touched many people in a very positive way and was well respected by his colleagues and employees.

Leticia Nunez

August 1, 2020

Mijo this is Chef Leticia Nunez . The words can’t express the Sadness of losing your Dad. I worked side by side with him for many years, I saw you grow up to become this strong healthy young man, your Dad was over the moon proud of you and now your son, he would tell me “ I can’t believe I am going to be a grandpa “I am not that old ! I just wanted to tell you how much you are loved. The Rio Family admired your Dad for his Passion for Food and his Talent. His dedication to become an executive Chef was unwavering, I admire your dads determination and supported him very step of the way! My heart breaks for you and the girls, you guys were like my kids, he shared with me all of your milestones and over the years I felt as if you guys were a part of my family. Honey please know that your dad was absolutely proud of you ! My prayers and love to you and the family.

Sylvia Rivera

July 29, 2020

Chris, You will be missed. Rest in Peace my dear cousin. I love you and will keep your memories near my heart . 💕


Kaylee and Dad


Dad and Cousin Johnny and Shaun


Kaylee, Dad and Chris


Dad and Chris


Dad and Auntie Bell


Dad with cousins Manuel, Santiago, Orlando and Aiden


Dad lifting weights with his horse Camanche


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