OBITUARY

Christopher Jevne

April 13, 1967November 19, 2021

Beloved husband and father, Christopher Jevne, passed away on November 19, 2021 doing what he loved, helping people with potatoes. Chris was born to Dennis and Carol (Moen) Jevne on April 13, 1967 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He graduated from EC North HS and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stout. Chris loved his family his whole life. He loved helping his parents at Jevne Family Oil as their only child. He also loved trains and history.

Chris’ life was full of love for his two daughters, Abby, 10, and Katie, 8, his wife Megan and the Green Bay Packers. Abby will miss reading books with him and listening to his stories. Katie will miss his tickle fights and big hugs. His passing has left a huge hole in their world and he will forever be missed. Chris was well respected in the potato industry working for Walmart as a Senior Sourcing Manager for the past 11 years. Chris was known for his deep and broad knowledge of the industry, but even more so was known by the relationships he made with his can-do attitude and big smile.

Chris was preceeded in death by his parents and his best friend, David Jamiska. He is survived by his wife, daughters and in-laws Lynn and Norma Pittman, Stefanie (Mike) Lowry, nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on December 3, 2021 at Yakima Covenant Church, 6015 Summitview Ave, Yakima. Fellowship time will follow at the church. Keith and Keith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.keithandkeith.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, December 3, 2021

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Michael Valpredo

December 3, 2021

Jevne Family, I just wanted to share our deepest condolences and continued prayers for each of you, especially Megan, Abby & Katie. We loved Chris for his spirit, energy, kindness and genuine interest in all of us! It was about more than just business with Chris. He truly enjoyed the conversations and always remembered little things or offbeat moments. The stories from the service today were remarkable, exactly depicting the “gentle giant” we will all miss so much in our industry. What a beautiful service! Please know you have friends in Bakersfield, CA and we will keep a light on for Chris at Country Sweet Produce.

Jan McDaniels

December 3, 2021

Chris is a man of integrity, compassion and honor. He has a huge love for "his girls" (all 3!) and loved to share their activities and achievements - he is a very proud "girl dad". I have the pleasure of having worked asparagus with Chris for many seasons, especially the Washington State program - his knowledge and experience is vast. He is a big advocate of supporting local and domestic farmers especially - his stewardship of the land, the people and the culture is admirable. Chris's untimely passing will be felt by many in the industry - I will especially miss our conversations - Chris was typically a calm voice of reason in the often frantic world of fresh produce. My prayers are with his beautiful family - please know Chris was loved and appreciated.

David Storms

December 2, 2021

Chris was an amazing person that I had the privilege of working with. He was an expert in the potato business and loved to share his knowledge and really took the time teach others and always made things fun. He really valued relationships and cared for others. He loved to talk and tell stories. I loved how he was most happy when talking about his girls and his family – he was so proud and could light up a room.

I will miss his quick wit, his incredible sense of humor, his knowledge of all things, talking football, and most of all listening him talk about his family.

Deepest sympathies for Megan, Abby, and Katie

Gary Nagy

December 1, 2021

Chris was a business associate but more importantly a friend. He was a man of high integrity and loved his family dearly. The times we were together he always spoke about his wife and his girls. Chris will be missed by many. RIP My friend.......

Marcia Porter

November 26, 2021

Megan, Abby, & Katie:

With deepest sympathy and sadness at your loss. I am so saddened by this. What you may not know is that Chris and I used to have the best conversations why “the girls” had their lessons with Cheryl. We had quite a lot in common due to family members working at Walmart in mid-management and neither of us being Yakima natives. I will miss those conversations dearly. My heart goes out to you and am available for any support of any type you may need. Blessings and prayers for you all.

I so want to do something for you. Flowers are lovely, but if there is anything you want or need more please let me know.

-Marcia and Emmy

Becky Hanley

November 26, 2021

Dear Megan,Abby and Katie
My heart breaks for you .Many prayers are heading your way🙏🏻
Chris was always so kind. Chris took the teasing in stride when our families were together being he was the youngest of the cousins .(andI the second youngest) !. Chris always took the time to congratulate me on work anniversary's through LinkedIn. You will be missed Chris .Gods will be done 🙏🏻

Rich Gonzales

November 24, 2021

Chris was a remarkable person in every way. He could make friends with anyone. He loved to help and teach and best of all, he brought out the best in people and made them better.

I will miss our texts, our movie and inside jokes, and of course your hearty laughs. They always brightened my day. I feel so lucky to have been able to share time with you recently as we revived old memories, and made a few final ones before you left. I will always remember our last shake and hug. Tumbleweeds!

Love you, Doode.

andrew Garcia

November 24, 2021

I am sad to hear about the loss of Mr. Chris. I have many found memories of my trips out west when I 1st started selling Walmart farm grown product over 15 years ago. He was always great to be with and work with him for many years. Because of him and his support I had many great years with Walmart. As a person when we spoke, he was always kind and he too remembers the days that we had together for many years. I am just sad that I did not reach out to him recently and missed another opportunity to just chat a bit. I would love to share this with his family and they can call me anytime or send me a note.
Andy Garcia III
ruskin@bellsouth.net

Mike Thornton

November 23, 2021

I had the pleasure of traveling with Chris several times as part of a project we were conducting on potato quality. I could tell right away that he was one of those special people that had the ability to include everyone in finding solutions to common problems. More than that, he was a genuine person that made you feel he was a friend within a few minutes of meeting him. We could do with more of that in this world and his passing will leave a void that will be hard to fill.

Kathy Demetri

November 22, 2021

Deeply saddened for the passing of my fun special cousin Chris. So many family memories together in Wisconsin, Cacapon, Aiken, Washington and PA. The world has lost a wonderful Dad, husband, colleague, friend and special cousin. Your memory will be eternal. We will miss you dearly. Deepest sympathies for Megan, Abby and Katie. He will always be watching you from heaven smiling.

FROM THE FAMILY