Christopher Allen Schmad
July 4, 1967 – April 1, 2021
Christopher Allen Schmad, 53 passed on April 1, 2021 due to organ failure and sepsis, at University Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Chris was born on July 4, 1967 in San Diego County California to parents Wayne and Kathy Schmad and was brother to Bob and Annalisa. In his early childhood, Chris was very active and enjoyed all sports, especially football and skiing. He traveled around the country with his family and in 1979 they moved to Longmont, Colorado.
In the summer of 1983, Chris met his future wife, Kim at a baseball game and they dated throughout high school. They married in the summer of 1988, welcomed their first child, Megan in February of 1998, and their son Ryan in March of 2000. He was a devoted husband and father. Chris was very family-orientated and was involved in his children’s extracurriculars as both a coach and mentor. In his free time, he enjoyed camping trips, water sports, and playing volleyball with friends and family. He loved watching movies, game nights and barbeques. You could always find him with a can of Mountain Dew and a bag of Twizzlers.
Chris graduated from Longmont High School in 1985 and attended the Colorado Institute of Art that fall. After a year of attendance, Chris enlisted into the army and later received a medical honorable discharge. Chris realized he had a passion for serving the community and criminal justice and enrolled in the police program at AIMS Community College. His first employer out of the academy was with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department as a correctional officer (1989-1991), followed by a 30-year career with the Longmont Police Department. Chris was a Master Police Officer (1991-2007) where he served in the Patrol and Detective divisions and was selected into the SWAT Team where he served as a scout sniper. During this time, he was also a firearms instructor for the department and OpTac International. Chris served as Sergeant from 2007-2013 and was accepted into the FBI National Academy in 2011 in the class of FBINA 244. From 2013 to present, Chris was a Commander and oversaw both the Patrol and Special Operations Divisions. He was a part of establishing the Longmont shooting range for private and public use. He was greatly involved in the community, participating in Shop with a Cop and the Homecoming program for Meals on Wheels. Throughout his career, Chris received several merits and letters of commendation, including Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Medal.
In 2010, Chris was diagnosed with P.S.C., a rare liver disease, and underwent a liver transplant in 2012, his brother served as a live donor. He never let his health keep him from doing things he enjoyed and he lived life to the fullest.
He is survived by his loving wife Kimberly and children Megan and Ryan (Kate) Schmad along with his parents Wayne and Kathy Schmad, brother Bob (Lesa) Schmad, sister Annalisa (Frank) Schmad, niece Danielle (Kelby) Hahn, nephews Gavin Schmad, Brandon Sheffler, brother-in-law Lance (Sandra) Sheffler and parent-in-laws Kathy (Rick) Haskell and Glenn Sheffler, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
We will be celebrating his life on April 26th at 1:00pm at Brookside Gardens, Berthoud, CO. Address: 619 East County Road 8, Berthoud CO 80513. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Chris Schmad Memorial Fund c/o Community Foundation of Northern Colorado (4745 Wheaton Dr. Fort Collins, CO 80525). Proceeds will benefit two causes that Chris was passionate about: Wounded Warriors Project (in support of mental health) and the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation.
Celebration of Life
Christopher Allen Schmad
April 14, 2021
I worked alongside Chris and the Board of Directors for the Longmont Emergency Unit for several years at the time he was a Commander for the Longmont Police Department. Chris was the consummate professional, an avid listener who took in the opinions of others before adding in his thoughts, and a calm voice in the room as he shared from his experiences before capping off the moment with a touch of humor and a sip of Mountain Dew. His empty chair will be missed. My deepest condolences to his family in this time of loss.
April 11, 2021
I first met Chris when he was a Sergeant with LPD and I was a volunteer for LPD, from the first time we met he was always approachable and respectful to me. He invited me on a couple of occasions to attend range operations in Broomfield and at the new range after it was completed. He will be highly missed, as he was truly one of the good guys.
April 10, 2021
Chris Schmad great young man played football for the Mighty Trojans and then became a policeman!! Serving the community for many years !!!Just a Great Young man!!!Couldnt ask for any better!!!It was my pleasure to have helped coach him in football!!! God Bless you Chris and I know he will!!! Coach Van!! One time I was driving down the road and Chris saw me and he was in his police car he saw me and turned his red light on and pulled me over I didn't know it was him until he stepped out of his car and then we started laughing!! Great young man!!! Coach Van
April 6, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Rest easy sir!
The Moskal/Busch family
Rosalie (Smith) Quiroz
April 4, 2021
Dear Kim, Ryan, and Megan my deepest sympathy is given out to you on the saddest loss of Chris.
I want to let you know how much joy each of you gave to him and how he beamed when sharing stories of his family. Chris was my beat partner for several years early in his career. He shared many stories of Kim and his dreams for your future.
Kim thank you for opening your home to my family, I cherish the dinners with you and Chris.
I pray you all have strength during this difficult time.