December 30, 1989 – October 6, 2020
Chris Chesang Kaimoi was born on December 30, 1989, in Nairobi Kenya to Michael Chesikaw and Dr. Lilian Chesikaw. He is the 3rd eldest of 6 children. When Chris was born his mother was very pleased to have her first born son. Because she was so thankful to God, she decided to give him a name that meant blessings from Christ, Chris. His siblings are Gloria, Saima, Olivia, Emman, and Emmanuel.
As a young child Chris enjoyed dismantling electronic devices. This fascination with the mechanics of how things operate led to his pursuit of a Management Information Systems degree from Wichita State University. Chris also loved playing soccer, running, and listening to music. Chris grew up in a very loving and supportive household. Family dinners happened every night right after homework was completed. At the age of 13, Chris went through a rite of passage into manhood. He was taken into a wilderness location where he survived on his own for weeks.
Chris attended Michigan State University during his arrival to the United States of America in 2010, and later transferred to Wichita State University. Chris was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. While living in America, he never gave-up on his dream of obtaining a bachelor’s of science degree, while demonstrating the following Biblical passage (Ecclesiastics 9-11), “the race isn’t given to the swift, nor the strong, but to him that endures to the end.”
While in Wichita, Kansas, Chris met Valencia Faust, a college student majoring in Biomedical Sciences. The couple feel in love and married on August 17, 2012. According to the Proverbs 18:22, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from Lord.” Valencia honored her husband all the days of his life as the couple grew in maturity and love for one another. Chris grew into the role of a husband, but fatherhood is what transformed and commanded his heart into one name. AMAYA.
On May 30, 2013, Chris and Valencia became the parents of a beautiful girl named Amaya Jesang Kaimoi. She was the apple of his eyes. As all who have watched him parent, he was the quintessential “helicopter parent.” Moreover, both parents have paid homage to Chris’s native land and introduced Amaya to her Kenyan relatives and heritage. However, as a child born in America with relational ties to Kenya, she is the only living legacy for Chris Chesang Kaimoi.
Chris was a wonderful father, who devoted his life on making Amaya the center of his world. She was his little princess, as he was a hands-on father, who enjoyed engaging in activities with his daughter. He knew in his heart and soul that if he instilled love into her, she would grow to be a confident, self-assured women.
From the moment he stepped foot on American soil, Chris was a man with a dream in his heart. He obtained his United States citizenship on December 3, 2019. Chris swore the Oath of Allegiance and the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America. Chris relished in being an American citizen, and frequently traveled across America to states such as Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and the Puerto Rico. He enjoyed viewing the amber plains of the Midwest, the purple mountains of the west, and beaches and deserts of the southwest.
Chris, Valencia, and Amaya also traveled to Chris’s native land and enjoyed fellowship with his Kenyan family of the Kalenjin Tribe. He always enjoyed cooking his Kenyan dishes for his American family and made ugali stew and choma. Particularly, Amaya enjoyed eating his homemade Kenyan dishes, and Chris took a special delight in preparing those dishes for his little princess and friends. Chris obtained employment at Marriott International as a customer service representative and later obtained a position working in the Information Technology division.
Chris leaves to cherish his memory his devoted and loving wife, Valencia Faust, his beautiful daughter-Amaya, his loving father, mother, brothers, and sisters and a host of family and friends.
Friday, October 16, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Winnie Atieno Imbuchi
October 15, 2020
my beloved Chris Kaimoi has died.
a week ago
i met him in my first semester at michigan state, aug 2010. East lansing michigan.
he was only with us at MSU for one semester
but he was my best friend.
i cant exaggerate.
he had my back. 100%.
he stayed at Hubbard hall.
when ever i wanted to go out, i went with Chris.
he was my best friend.
we ate together many times, he was a great cook.
we talked about it all.
he was kind, big warm heart.
very human, soft, tender, loving
and still very surefooted, brave, adventurous.
hed come to club in detroit, alone.
he loved his people,
african grooves, parties, some drank.
he was the world.
but how could u go, Kaimoi?
we love u
we love u.
u deserve all of life Kaimoi.
son of the great african nation from our fatherland Kalenjin.
i love u forever.
i will never forget u.
we love u.
love and peace and comfort to your very very beautiful wifey and baby girl Amaya.
we are here for you all. i have DM messaged ur account with my #. our home in detroit is always open to your family.
my daughter omi was born just 1 half month after your daughter Amaya.
we love u.
we will never forget u