BURCH, CHRISTOPHER DAVID Christopher David Burch was born in San Diego on March 22, 1979, and died in his sleep June 16, 2012 at his home in Virginia. It is an understatement to say he was a true inspiration to everyone who knew him. He grew up in the Clairemont area of San Diego, graduating from Madison High School in 1997. In 2001, he earned a BA in political science from the University of San Diego (USD). While attending USD, Chris studied abroad at Oxford University. He also completed an internship at the White House. After graduation, he went on to work as a fellow in the California state legislature for a year--a daunting task for someone as politically conservative as Chris. He then earned his juris doctor from William and Mary Law School. Chris was a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia. He worked for the Institute for Physical Science in McLean, Virginia; for the past three years has served under the Department of Defense, Office of the General Counsel, as part of its habeas team. Chris was always a history buff, and was particularly interested in World War II. He travelled extensively throughout Europe on many occasions with friends and family. His most recent trip was with his girlfriend, Jenny Becker, in May. Chris has been accurately described as an incredibly positive and supportive person. No matter what challenges he encountered, he met them with a remarkably upbeat attitude and generosity of spirit. He showed everyone what was possible in life, and he was absolutely unstoppable. He will be forever loved and missed. Chris is survived by his parents, Gene and Barbara Burch, his maternal grandmother, Marlene Brindell, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and his East Coast Family, Roy and Mary Reed and their gang. Services in Virginia took place June 21st. Services in San Diego are pending. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made in Chris' honor to aid the people of Haiti. For donation details please visit http:/stlukehaiti.org. Arrangements were made by Demaine Funeral Home in Alexandria, VA . You may view and share memories or express your condolences by signing the Guest Book at (www.demainefuneralhomes.com).
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Published in U-T San Diego on June 24, 2012