Christopher G. Money

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The Honorable Christopher G. Money, 79, of San Luis Obispo, died Wednesday April 30, 2014 at a local hospital surrounded by his family. He was born on March 7, 1935 in Los Angeles, California and was raised in Redondo Beach, California. He attended Knox College, West Point Military Academy and graduated from U.C Berkeley. He obtained his LLB from Boalt Hall Law School in 1962 and then married his college sweetheart Judy whom he met while working in her sorority kitchen. They moved to Fort Gordon, Georgia where he began fulfilling his military commitment as the commanding officer of the 298th Military Police Company and the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) stationed at Fort Ord, California. In 1965, they moved to San Luis Obispo where he accepted a job as a Deputy District Attorney. He was later appointed Assistant District Attorney and ran unopposed for the District Attorney position. While he was District Attoney, he was instrumental in helping to establish the division between the criminal and civil sections of the California District Attorney's Association and in forming the Women's Shelter organization, the Victim Witness Assistance Program and the Sexual Assault Response Team. He was also involved in many other organizations, such as the SLO County Council for the Protection of Children, San Luis Obispo County Drug Abuse Committee, and the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association. In 1985, Chris was appointed Municipal Court Judge by the then Governor, George Deukemejian, and in 1989 he was promoted to the Superior Court where he served until he retired in 2005. As a judge, he was instrumental in establishing the county's first drug court. He was also a member of the California Judges Association and the Cow County Judges Association. He was very proud of his grandchildren and upon retirement, rarely missed any of their activities. He enjoyed his involvement in the Sheriff's Advisory Foundation, the Military Order of World Wars, Rotary International, BPOE Elks and the Osos Club. Chris continued his lifelong passion of collecting and painting miniature toy soldier figures, which totaled close to 6,000. He was a scholar of history and coordinated his collection with historical events. He also enjoyed reading, traveling and gardening. Chris is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judy, sons Geoff (Amy), David, and Greg, grandchildren, Jared and Abby; his sister Hilary Walling, and many nieces and nephews. Chris was preceded in death by his parents, Ellinor M. Money and Col. George W.P. Money. Services will be held at Mountainbrook Community Church at 12 noon on May 9, 2014, with burial at the Los Osos Valley Cemetery and a reception to follow at the Elks Lodge in San Luis Obispo. In lieu of flowers, the family would like any donations be made to .

Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on May 7, 2014
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