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Christopher Alan Levy

Christopher Alan Levy
October 29, 1990 - June 24, 2013
Resident of Scotts Valley
Chris lived his life with a curious eye, and never accepted the status quo. He was an intensely loyal, honest, bright and straightforward young man who spoke his mind. He worked hard to understand things that most people just accepted, so that he could fully understand for himself. His need to explore life led him into many long inquisitive conversations with a wide variety of people, and a lifelong quest to understand himself and the world around him. He sought, respected, and returned truthfulness in all aspects of his life, and you did not have to guess where you stood with him. Although not always easy, his challenging of the 'norms' of life was very refreshing.
Chris was born on October 29, 1990 to loving parents Marty Levy and Jennifer Etow. He was joined later by his brother Brett, his junior by 2 years. He loved playing sports. While playing for Scotts Valley Little League, Chris' fondest memory was winning the Northern California Division state championship on the 9/10 year old team. During his years at Scotts Valley High School Chris played basketball, was a quarterback for the football team, and played 4 years of Varsity baseball as a pitcher and outfielder. Chris followed his passion for baseball into college. He played for Ohlone College, and Cabrillo College. During his time at Cabrillo Chris reinvented himself as a side arm pitcher, and transferred to UC Davis as a relief pitcher where he was to graduate with a B.A. in Communications this summer. His intensity and competitiveness was unmatched, both on and off the field. His loyalty, love and friendships were equaled by his honesty and straightforward attitude. Chris was also an incredibly talented writer, often critiqued by his teachers as, "the best writing efforts I have ever received from a student". Although a challenge to produce, his finished results were often extraordinarily beautiful.
Chris is survived by his parents Marty Levy and Jennifer Etow, his brother Brett Levy and half-brother Connor Schelstraete, who he lovingly coached with great patience. He is also survived by his step father Carlin Schelstraete, his stepmom Annie Levy, and his step family Jacob, Clair and Molly Adams. He has four very proud Levy uncles and Aunts, many loving cousins, and four loving Etow aunts and uncles, and many Etow cousins. His Grandma Etow held a special place in Chris's heart. Chris was preceded in death by his grandparents Alan and Jean Levy, and his Grandpa Shig Etow.
We all love you so very much Chris. We will miss your sweet smile and your incredible presence. We have all gained and learned things from you in your short life that we will carry in our hearts and minds forever. Rest easy. Rest in peace.
Services will be held for Chris on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel, 1050 Cayuga St. in Santa Cruz, beginning at 2 pm.

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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on June 29, 2013
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