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Christian Frederick "Chris" Goll


1942 - 2019
Christian Frederick "Chris" Goll Obituary
Former Alaska lodge owner and master hunting and fishing guide, Christian "Chris" Fredrick Goll Jr., 76, died July 27, 2019, in Silver City, New Mexico, of heart complications. Chris was born Oct. 11, 1942, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His love of hunting and fishing began at a young age under the mentorship of his father.
Chris served honorably in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Naples, Italy, and most notably on a warship off the shores of Cuba during the Bay of Pigs. Standing mid-watch under the night sky, Chris developed his dream of building a life hunting and fishing in Alaska. In 1968, Chris fulfilled his dream. He quickly developed a reputation as a skilled Alaska hunting and fishing guide, acquiring the first Coast Guard issued license to carry passengers on the Kenai River. He also had the exclusive hunting concession in Katmai National Park.
Chris was keenly interested in the management of Alaska's abundant fish and game resources. In 1978, he was appointed by Gov. Jay Hammond to the Alaska Board of Fisheries. He held several other leadership roles, including Safari Club and Federation of Fly Fishermen. At the request of Gov. Hammond, Chris Goll took President Jimmy Carter fishing before the landmark passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. The two struck up an unlikely friendship over their love of the outdoors. After his presidency, Carter returned to Alaska several times to fish with Chris at Rainbow River Lodge in Bristol Bay. Chris also joined Carter at his home to hunt quail in Georgia. One morning an old pickup truck rolled up and there was Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, to have coffee and swap hunting stories.
As an expert in his field, Chris held many hunting and fishing honors and loved telling the stories that led to these awards. Rainbow River Lodge, which he built and operated since 1984, was the fruit of his labor and one of the finest sport-fishing destinations in Alaska. He and his wife Lauris enjoyed entertaining guests from all over the world and maintain many of those relationships today.
In 1997, Chris and Lauris began splitting their time between the lodge in Alaska and their Silver City, New Mexico, home. They sold Rainbow River Lodge and the Katmai hunting concession in 2003 and retired to their home in Silver City. The two have traveled the world together, including several trips to Africa and Belize.
Chris leaves behind his beloved wife and partner of 25 years, Pioneer Alaskan Lauris Olson Goll. He also leaves behind his daughter, Betsy (Beardsley), son-in-law, Tyler; granddaughters, Ruby and Rosemary, of Anchorage; also his two beloved bird dogs, Dana and Jay. He is preceded in death by his father, Christian Fredrick Goll Sr. and Luisa Hentschel Goll. Memorial remembrances may be made to www.garysinisefoundation.org (for Wounded Vets) or the National Rifle Association www.nra.org.
Cremation has taken place at Terrazas Funeral Chapels. To send condolences, please visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Aug. 29, 2019
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