Christian Frederick Vaitia Roth|
Christian Frederick Vaitia Roth of Honolulu and Seattle, was born December 16, 1972, and died in Seattle on February 16, 2013, from brain cancer that never diminished his zest for life. At age 6, too young for Little League, he started a camp for himself and friends, calling buddies far and wide to come and play. As a teenager, wanting a gathering place for his little brother and sister to play ball, he started the much-loved Montlake Community Center Baseball Camp and coached it with life-long friends for ten years. It was the best job any of them ever had! Chris played baseball and basketball at Garfield High School, including the state basketball championship team in 1991 and graduated from Western Washington. He taught elementary school in Bellevue, Seattle, and Honolulu. A talented jazz double bass player, Chris frequently performed gigs around town with treasured friends. He was an uncommon man, kind, gentle, compassionate, inclusive, open to life. He had a remarkable ability to connect with children who adored him and his playful sense of humor. He leaves parents Gerald and Theresa; siblings Joanna (Simon), Lucas (Lacie), Lauren, and foster brother Andrew; nieces Teoivi and Maeva; and namesake, nephew Vaitia Brooks.
A memorial service will be 7PM Friday, March 8, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 5701 8th Ave. NE, Seattle, with a reception immediately following. Aloha attire is suggested (casual/colorful).
Christian's online Guest Book may be signed at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2013