Kris Sehon (1960 - 2016)

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Kris David Sehon
April 2, 1960 - October 14, 2016
A wonderful man died today. He was 56. He had an extra chromosome. He had the diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Yet he climbed to the heights. He would go on to prove to the world, that the Down Syndrome child is more than a smiling face, that the talents, the numerous gifts, the unique abilities, the intelligence, the depth of sensitivity, the deep love and innate caring and acceptance of others, intuition, independence, can be the God given gifts of a child born with Down Syndrome brings to the world.
Kris went to normal preschool, normal kindergarten and educational classes throughout the elementary years. He graduated from High School having been a favorite with the whole school. They would put up posters in the hall saying Kris is the best!
After Graduation he worked a few months at the Witco Development Center taking apart copper wires. There were no contracts later in the summer. When Kris was asked what he was going to do now that he did not have a job. He said til will be the housekeeper." At that time (1984) there was a TV show called "Who's the Boss?" Tony Danza was the housekeeper for a working mother. Apparently, this was his reason for the choice of profession.
Kris excelled in many activities, basketball, archery, pool, darts, bowling, radio-controlled cars, fly-fishing, and photography. He was especially good at solving "Word Searches" with his Colonel father frequently asking, "Where is this word found?" Kris always found the word. Kris was an avid fan of Mr. Fred Roger's neighborhood. Kris liked opera. His favorite opera star was Luciano Pavarotti. He attended his concert when Pavarotti was in Boise. Kris also sang, played the piano and the violin.
Kris's parents and sisters loved to tell stories about Kris to the delight of his listeners. His father had retired after 30 years with the Air Force, and his mother worked as a psychologist. "The Parents" as he frequently called them, often went out for breakfast on Saturdays. Kris's father often turned off the fuse box when they were leaving.
One day after their breakfast they returned to find Kris sitting at the table and eating scrambbled eggs. Kris's father asked him, "How did you do that?" Kris took his father to the fuse box hidden behind the draperies, opened the fuse box, flipped the fuse up and said, "That is how you make the stove work."
Kris was deeply patriotic. He loved and respected the Flag. He was very interested in the Marines. Kris said, "If they need me I'll go."
Kris and his parents were frequent travelers, touring England, Scotland, Ireland, Hawaii and Boston and every summer they somehow made it to the Oregon coast.
One time his father was asked how he felt about what it was like to have Kris for a son. He replied, "My relationship with my son has been a series of pleasant surprises since his birth. My initial reaction of disbelief that he had Down Syndrome soon gave way to acceptance of the fact but also brought many questions. What would he look like? Would he ever be able to take care of himself? Would his sisters carry an unnecessary burden because of him? Would he keep the family from living a normal life? Would he prove a financial burden on the rest of the family? Would he be able to contribute anything of himself to those around him? The first seven years of his life has erased any questions or doubts I might have had. Kris has not been a problem for any of us. He has instead given us an additional measure of patience and understanding. He has kept the family spirit young and has become the orbit point of most of our family activities (if Kris has fun, we all seem to have fun with him). And he has given us an insight into love and created warmth far beyond what we would have known without him. As his father, I am a father to him where direction and discipline are needed. I also find that I am part cowboy, part Indian, part wrestler, part horse and most of all a part of his life as he is an irreplaceable part of mine."
Kris and his father shared 51 years together. It is our sincerest prayer that they are reunited again.
Kris is survived by his mother Dr. Alice Josephine Sehon, and his two sisters, Michele and Kit. Kris's two sisters have played a tremendous role in Kris's being the man that he was.
Kris is Uncle to Adam, Nicholas, and Calyse, and Great Uncle to Ki, Jacob, Jaime & Kade. He also leaves behind Jetta and the two brothers that he adopted on his own... John Knox and F. John Hileman.
On Kris's 46th birthday, and because of his interest in the Marines, the theme was the Marines. A retired Marine attended the party and presented Kris with an Honorary Marine pin, and announced, "You are a Hero of the Heroes, pure in heart and spirit, your being grounds and blesses us all. Thank you Kris for the life you courageously lived and the lives you touched."
Kris David Sehon, we bid you adieu, you have richly blessed all our lives beyond what anyone could have ever imagined.
Kris's ashes will be returned to his family, as was his father's, for final scattering and a committal service at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 1st. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family in his online tribute at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Oct. 29, 2016