Christien Mathew Gonzales

May 20, 2003June 3, 2019

Christien Mathew Gonzales, 16, passed away at home on June 3, 2019, after a courageous fight against Ewing’s Sarcoma. Christien is survived by his parents Chris and Dawn, brother CJ, sister Caitlynn, paternal great grandmother Dorothy, grandparents Rich and Becky Gonzales, uncles Cory (Kristina) and Casey (Corrie), and aunt Carrie; Maternal great grandparents Dave and Dodie Crockett, grandparents Robin and Richard McAtee, aunts Jenny, and Vicky. He is also survived by great aunts and uncles, many cousins and his faithful guard dog Snoball. He is predeceased by his maternal grandfather Michael Raney and several great grandparents. Christien was born in Tempe, AZ and lived in Surprise, Ahwatukee, Casa Grande, Gilbert, and Flagstaff. He grew up playing baseball and had a love for all sports and competition. His favorite positions were pitcher and catcher. His 12-year-old little league team won the league championship. He had big aspirations to be a professional baseball player for the AZ Diamondbacks. He was a great bowler winning in several leagues too. Academically, he was also an excellent student. His 8th grade year he was presented awards for academic excellence in math, science, music, and choir. He attended an acting and modeling school where he also excelled in learning the art of acting. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Star Wars, Avengers, Cars, Toy Story, and Supernatural were among his favorite movies and shows. He loved to recite all movie dialog with his sister. In December of 2018 he fulfilled a childhood dream of spending a week vacation with his family at Disneyland and Universal Studios to enjoy all of his favorite childhood characters and adventures. Christien thrived for adventure and believes that good always prevails. He also loved fishing with his older brother and watching his brothers you tube bass fishing videos. Christien was blessed with an incredible smile that he always shared. He could make friends instantly. He won the hearts of everyone he came in touch with. He was never at a loss for words and entertained everyone with his banter, jokes, and quick wit. He had a great voice and enjoyed singing, playing the drums, and playing the guitar. In his 16 years, Christien made an amazing impact on all those who knew him. Thank you for your legacy Christien. Remember – “We got this!” "A celebration of life will be held on June 22, 2019 from 6pm till 10pm. The location is at the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center. 5700 W North Loop Road, Chandler, Arizona 85226.

"Per the family this will be a casual event. The family is requesting everyone to wear silly/crazy socks in honor of Christien."

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Venmo (@Chris-Gonzales-64), or Zelle (


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 22, 2019


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Jacob Duncan

June 19, 2019

You were the brightest part of my day whenever I got to spend time with you. I will never forget the amazing memories of when we hanged out in the garage playing games and telling jokes. You were a brother to me and always will be. Love you brother, bless you and your family.

Brenna Paulin

June 16, 2019

Becky and family,
I am so, so sorry to hear about your loss. It breaks my heart to hear about the passing of someone so young and vibrant. You are all in my prayers.
Brenna Paulin

Dr. Tasha Nelson

June 10, 2019

You were always my favorite. You knew this and always promised not to tell. I miss you more than you know. Love you always, Aunt Tasha.❤️

Vicky Walsh

June 10, 2019

I have 16 years of memories with you Monster. It’s hard to pick just one. You will always be my Monster and I miss you terribly. My greatest memories of you is watching you play baseball, singing, smiling always and getting those amazing hugs. I love you ❤️

Robin McAtee

June 10, 2019

Your smile brightened my heart. I truly miss you Bubby. I know you are here running, playing baseball and eating bean burros enchilada style. Going to Disney Land to the starwars land. I love you forever and always. Till we see each other again. Love Gram