Christopher Plant Rock Springs, WY Christopher Plant, 66, died suddenly in his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Pauline Oderson-Plant. Chris was born on April 27, 1946 in Dover, New Jersey to Henri and Doris Saunders Plant. He lived and was educated in Rotterdam, graduating from Schalmont High School. He went on to earn an undergraduate degree in history at the State University of New York at Geneseo and then a master's degree in history at both Kent State University and the University of Rochester. For most of his career, Christopher was a history teacher at the Western Wyoming Community College where he was greatly respected by his students. From an early age, Mr. Plant was devoted to his community. In June 1964, at 20, Chris joined with others in Freedom Summer, risking his life to register as many African American voters as possible in the state of Mississippi. As a student at Kent State, he organized the students to speak out against the government's policy on Vietnam. Motivated by his sense of fairness and principle, Chris went into politics. He served two terms as state legislator for the State of Wyoming, during which time he never ceased to fight for comprehensive conservation and affordable education. More recently, Chris was elected to be a trustee of the board of Western Wyoming Community College in his hometown county of Rock Springs, a position in which he argued for lower fees and the important role the college should play in the community it serves. Chris is the son of the late Henri and Doris Saunders Plant. He is survived by his his wife, Gina Plant of Rock Springs, Wyoming; his sister, Suzette Tanis-Plant (Jean-Marc) of Plaisir, France; and his brother, Scott Plant (Carol) of Clay. He is also survived by his two children, Aaron Henri Zebadiah Plant of Laramie, Wyoming and Alissa Louise Saunders Plant-Moore of Denver, Colorado; as well as their mother, Susannah Hafner. There are three grandchildren, Elijah, Moss and Lovely Plant. His nieces and nephews are Ian and Jessica Plant and Paul and Michael Tanis-Plant. A tribute will be held for Chris as well as for his recently deceased father on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 12:45 p.m. at: The Woods and a Pond, William Seaward, 2501 West Glenville Road, Schenectady County. In lieu of flowers, people may help the Plant family in their endeavor to keeping the Christman Sanctuary forever wild by donating to the Doris Saunders and Henri Tredwell Plant Christman Sanctuary Land Acquisition Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Eastern New York Chapter, 195 Karner Road, Albany, New York 12205. Condolences to the family can be sent to his late father's home in Scotia, New York.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Oct. 18, 2012