Christopher James Call, 31, passed on Monday, May 7, 2007, in Bozeman. He died in a paragliding accident, doing what he loved.
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He is survived by his loving wife, Wendy, and two beautiful daughters, Madison, 3, and Cailin, 1; his parents, Roger and LeeAnn Call of Great Falls; siblings, Heather Hoult (Jason Hoult) of Michigan, Cameron Call of Helena, Tyler Call (Desiree Call) of Bozeman; grandparents, Mayo and Elsie Call of Orem, Utah, Loa Draney Call of Bountiful, Utah, and Deloy and Dorothy Wight of Mountain View, Alberta, Canada; nieces and nephews, Savannah, Noah, and Grant; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Christopher was born on July 18, 1975, in Olympia, Wash. He lived in Denver, Colo.; Cardston, Alberta, Canada; Montana City; and Great Falls. He attended Great Falls High School, graduating in 1993. During high school his hobbies included scuba diving, snowboarding, playing the saxophone, art framing, cycling, and restoring his VW Beetle. He had a love for birds of prey and falconry from spending time with his paternal grandfather in his youth.
He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 1996 to 1998 in the Riverside, Calif., area. After serving his mission, he returned to Southern California where he had met Wendy French. They were married on Jan. 22, 1999, and were later sealed in the Portland, Ore., Temple in August 2002.
Chris and Wendy lived in Redmond, Ore., for five years where he had a successful awning business. In 2004 they relocated to Bozeman, and Chris enrolled in the mechanical engineering program at Montana State University.
As an adult he enjoyed paragliding, racquetball with his brother, rock climbing, hiking, camping, foosball, growing orchids, but mostly just spending time with his family. He was passionate about mountain climbing, having summitted Mount Shasta in California; Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, and Black Butte, all in Oregon; Mount San Gorgonio, Calif.; The North, Middle, and South Sisters, Ore.; Mount Blackmore and Mount Sacajawea, both in Montana.
Christopher was magnetic, loved people and made friends easily; you always felt better about yourself after leaving his presence. He had a thirst for knowledge and was always learning.
Christopher had a special testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the principal of eternal families. He loved the Lord with his whole being and was loved by the Lord. He will be missed by many, but we know that he is with his Father in Heaven.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Belgrade LDS Chapel, 297 Bridger View Drive. The public is welcome.
A memorial fund in his name has been set up at Stockman Bank. Donations may be made at either the Bozeman or Belgrade branch.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from May 10 to May 11, 2007