Christopher, age 25, was a scholar-athlete whose passion for sports and travel took him all over the country and world. In school he was a class president, student of the year and an honors student. He attended a leadership program at Stanford University and played in the Cal-Florida Bowl. Chris graduated from Clovis West as the All-County Defensive Player of the Year and was an All State linebacker. He attended University of California, Berkeley on scholarship and played football for Cal, earning bowl rings at the Las Vegas and Pacific Life Bowls and a 2006 Pac 10 Championship ring. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at Cal. He traveled to Europe four times and lived in downtown Boston, Santa Barbara, Denver and San Diego. Chris was a huge Red Sox fan and worked at Fenway Park. Chris will be remembered as a leader, a fierce competitor with a relentless drive to achieve. He was loved by many and inspired all those around him. Chris has been and always will be a source of pride for those who knew him well. We pray for peace for our dear Christopher, that he will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. He is survived by parents, Harvey and Leslie Purtz; his brother Eric; grandfather, Ed Purtz of Lynnfield, Ma.; aunt, Laurie McNeilly of Visalia; uncle, Larry Lucken of Seattle; and many relatives in Boston.
Published by Fresno Bee on Jun. 13, 2010.
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Chris, talked to your Mom yesterday. She's doing fine but misses you. Love you. Uncle Lary
Lawrence Lucken
June 7, 2021
Hey college roomy, miss ya down here bro!
Tim Mixon
May 17, 2021
Chris,, miss you. Will see you one day. Your mom and dad are doing fine. Love you, Uncle Larry
Lawrence Lucken
June 7, 2020
Chris remains the love of my life...
Leslie Purtz
February 13, 2020
Chris, have been thinking of you. Miss you as my nephew. Just wanted to say that. Love you. Uncle Larry
Larry Lucken
February 12, 2020
June 8, 2019
Chris, we are in England and we remember you. Love you, Uncle Larry
Larry Lucken
June 7, 2019
I was just thinking about my friend Chris.
John Rust
March 5, 2019
Chris, this you Larry your Uncle. I'm going to see your mother and father in a few days, I'll go upstairs and look at your picture. I've missed you. Love you, Uncle Larry
Lawrence Lucken
November 13, 2018
You were a tremendous leader, great athlete, and dear friend. your passion in life inspires me to make full potential in my own life as you did. I'm grateful to you buddy and miss you.
Brent M
November 12, 2018
Chris, thinking of you. Your mother has been traveling and visited Spain, Portugal and Morroco. We think of you and miss you. Some day I hope to see you and give you all the huggs I missed. But till then, just know we are thinking of you and remember you well. Love you, Uncle Larry
Lawrence Lucken
June 9, 2018
Sweetheart, you have are an uncle again with Hayden Christopher Purtz. He has your sparkle in his eyes. The promise is that those who are sleeping will go to the Lord before us and that is my hope.Love you forever, like you for always... Mom
Leslie purtz
November 13, 2017
Chris, Happy Birthday. Thought of you today and wanted to say I miss you and look forward to seeing you on the other side. Love you. Uncle Larry
Larry Lucken
November 12, 2017
Chris, sorrh I'm 5 days late, but I do want to remember you. We are all meeting this thanksgiving at you're mothers. We love you and look forward go seeing you one day. Uncle Larrh
Lawrence Lucken
November 17, 2016
Love you forever, like you for always...
November 14, 2015
Leslie Purtz
November 14, 2015
Hey, Chris. It's another year. We miss you. Your mother and father are doing well. Leslie is going to Australia and your father is almost finished with mountain retreat. I wanted to honor your memory, so talk to you next year. Uncle Larry
Larry Lucken
November 12, 2015
Sweetheart- I told Eric's boys all about you. The two yr old Caleb likes to give me your Snuggly bear to comfort me. You are in my heart always...
June 14, 2015
Chris, this is Uncle Larry. It's been another year and special things are happening. You cousin Alyson is getting married this year in July. We'll all be getting together for this. I want to take a moment to honor were a handsome nephew and look forward to seeing you again. Love you, Uncle Larry
Larry Lucken
June 13, 2015
Sweetheart- you are in my thoughts every day. I pray you are with the Lord using that passion serving Him. You always wanted challenges.His is the ultimate plan for us all.
November 13, 2014
Happy Birthday Chris. I'm going to visit you mother and father in a few days. I'll drop by to say hello to you. Love you. Uncle Larry
Larry Lucken
November 12, 2014
You were the love of my life.
June 7, 2014
Hi there nephew. We miss you and hope to see you again. Your mother and father are doing well. Love you, Uncle Larry
Larry Lucken
June 5, 2014
Chris, Happy Birthday. I believe I'll see you again. Seeing your face on this memorial reminds me of your handsome face. Love you, nephew.
Larry Lucken
November 13, 2013
You've been on my mind this week, love you and miss you buddy.
Jason Sadoian
June 6, 2013

Erik, Lexi and I speak of you often. You and your family left a huge impression on our lives and in our hearts. Those were some of the best years of our lives.

Randy Nelson
June 5, 2013
Chris, Uncle Larry remembers. We loved you. You are in our memories...always.

Uncle Larry
Larry Lucken
June 4, 2013
Harvey and Leslie,
I was so saddened to just find out today about how Chris left this world way too soon.. I wish I could have gotten to know him. My heart goes out to you both.
February 4, 2013
Miss your smile, miss your laugh.Love you forever.

Leslie Purtz
January 16, 2013
Webster Peterson
January 9, 2013
Chris, In memory of your birthday...I honor you and your accomplishments, we all remember you, and loved you.

Uncle Larry
November 11, 2012
Chris this is Uncle Larry remembering you on your day of remembrance.
You are missed and it would have been remarkable what you would have done.

But we will see you again.

Love you (and your mother)

Uncle Larry
Larry Lucken
June 5, 2012
Hey Chris, I remember the good times we had while you were my roommate in college. We got a long from the jump and our relationship was always great. However, you have a better relationship with god now. RIp and you will be dearly missed.

Tim Mixon #22
timothy mixon
December 7, 2011
Chris. This is Uncle Larry. I just wanted to leave a note. Saying I remember your Birthday. I look forward to seeing you again and delivering my "Happy Birthday" hug in person.

Love You

Uncle Larry
Larry Lucken
November 10, 2011
Chris, it is so obvious that your were and still are, loved by many, young and old & family and friends. We think of you often, along with your mom and dad, and your big bro Eric. I will never forget you, and for one so young, that is speaks volumes about you!

Randy Nelson
October 3, 2011
You were on my mind today. I miss you buddy. We all miss you.
Jason Sadoian
September 27, 2011

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you. To this day I find myself sharing memories of the time spent with you. You had the rare ability to inspire those around you to be the best they could be. A natural born leader. When I was at the lowest point in my life you were there to tell me I was gonna succeed in life, and everything would be okay. When I was down and out with little to call my own, you were there for me. You gave me friendship in a time when I was lost and alone. Can't wait to see you again big guy...


P.S. Thanks for helping out my brother when he needed it.
Thomas Schott
August 24, 2011
I miss you- that passion for life, that love of the game and that belief that any goal could be accomplished...
July 1, 2011
We have honored your memory with a bench in front of Liberty(what an incredible 6th grade year you had-MVP of football,baseball,student body President & a singing lead in the play-there was nothing you couldn't do it seemed) and a football scholarship yearly at Clovis West. You are in my thoughts every day and will be until the day I die...
June 13, 2011
CP... As I take time to look back at all the moments we shared from our days at Cal, You are one of a kind. Never have I came across a guy that had the character as you did. You made my college experience a blast. From when I first arrived at Cal you took me under your wing and looked out for me in every way possible and I am so thankful for the times you went out of your way to help me get used to the Berkeley way of life. The laughter you brought in my life has not been matched by any person on this earth. Although you are gone your memory is strong in my life. I am so thankful that I did have the opportunity to know you. Cant wait to be laughing with the crew again someday.. Miss you bro!
Zack Follett
June 6, 2011
Chris, this is to honor your life and memory, one year after your death. We miss you

Uncle Larry and Aunt Maureen
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forgive me for taking so long to say these words to you. First and foremost I miss you. I know I was never the brother I should have been to you, and for that I asked for forgiveness over your coffin, and I will always feel a sense of sorrow until I receive it in person. You were such and amazing person. You were robbed of so much, and your passing has stood as a testament to how unfair this life can be. It never ceases to amaze me just how cruel this world can be. But you brought so much light into it. You showed me just how talented one person could be. You were my younger brother, yet I looked up to you for your confidence and leadership along with so many other admirable traits that I so desperately wished I could match. I can hardly think of one thing that ever scared or intimidated you. Mom, Dad, and I were so proud of you. So much brilliance lost in such a cruel manner. I always remember you for the person you were...a leader, an athlete, a scholar. But most importantly my one and only brother. I pray that you are the first to greet me in heaven. I love you and will always miss you until our Lord sees fit to reunite us.

Your Brother Eric
Eric Purtz
January 30, 2011
You were the son of our dreams. You are the first thing of think of every day and the last thing I think of every night.You were a gift that lives in my heart.
November 15, 2010
Chris, I want to honor your day of birth. I remember you, I will see you again.

To you mother and father I want to honor you also in your grief to share a moment that Chris and I had.

We drove together, while he was practicing for his driving test. He was so confident, He parralel parked like a natural. He didn't say much, as was his nature but it was good to be with him.

Love you

Uncle Larry
Larry Lucken
November 14, 2010
To my dear friend Chris,

From the moment I met you at summer football camp at Kastner I knew you were a very special person with great ambition. On the football field you brought a level of intensity and passion to the game that I had never seen before. And what stood out to me even more is that off the field your humility and kind-hearted and fun-loving personality really characterized what a great person you truly were.
All throughout middle school and high school I looked up to you so much. You embodied everything I wanted to be, both on the football field and in the classroom.
The spring before my senior year in football at Clovis West I decided to change my number from 34 to 3 to show my appreciation, admiration and respect for all that you did for me and all that you accomplished.
You must have put a good omen on that number because I was named Defensive player of the year in the conference in 2003, just like you were in 2002. I know it made you proud that I wore that number because every time we would see each other or talk to each other you would always mention how proud you were of me and how happy you were that I took that number.
I remember at the end of my senior year in high school when you were already up at Cal you came to visit Fresno one weekend. We talked about the possibility of me playing football in college, but it looked pretty bleak at the time. You told me you would talk to the coaches up at Cal and you would see what you could do. Not even a week later I got a call from you saying that you had set up a meeting with the coaches up at Cal and the next weekend I was up there visiting the campus and talking with the coaches. You showed my family and I all around Berkeley and really stuck your neck out there for me, and I am so grateful to you for doing that, and I will never forget it!!
You were a very loyal friend with a kind heart and that is something that's so hard to come by these days. I pray that you have found peace up in Heaven, and may God bless you.
James Chortanian
August 17, 2010
Dear Leslie and Harvey - I will never forget how your darling son Chris took my son James under his wing at Clovis West High School. He was a wonderful mentor as well as a bright, caring young man- may he rest in peace with the Lord up in Heaven.
Kathy Chortanian
August 15, 2010
This is Uncle Larry. My first thought we I heard of your death is that I imagined the relief you had when you opened your eyes on the other side and heard Him say, "Welcome home, I love you and have been waiting for you", I know we will see each other again. This is just a breath, when we wake up on the other side we will all be together.

Love you, Uncle Larry
Larry Lucken
August 14, 2010
This took me so long to find the strength, to find the words, to say how much you mean to me Chris. I can remember every moment with you, and how you were able to make me feel as if I was the only person there. You had the ability to relate to people no matter what they talked about. You were truly one of Gods greats. I know that when it is my time you will welcome me with open arms the way you always did. I have so many fond memories and I miss you, I'm sure I always will.
Uncle Harvey, Aunt Leslie, and Eric my prayers every night have been for both you and Christopher.
love Nathan Purtz
Nathan Purtz
August 5, 2010
To My Son,
Our Lord blessed us 25 years with a wonderful big strong son. I had the honor of assisting on your delivery and watching you take your first breath in this world. The beginning of a full and great life. I was so very proud watching from the sidelines as my gifted and talented son played football, baseball, soccer, basketball,and wrestled. Your many friends were happy to be a part of your life. I also was blessed with a good report card and not having to pay for college. My regret is that I was unable to help heal all the wounds. I will think of you every day until we meet again and I feel your strong embrace and see your strong smile with Christ, our Lord. I will cherish the last words you said, "I Love You Too Dad". In the blink of an eye,we will all be in heaven together, You, Me, Mom, and Eric. Until that time, I will love you forever.

August 1, 2010
My son knew Chris at Liberty Elementary. My son was in Special Ed, but Chris was always so kind to him--included him in things and treated him like normal. We moved away to Texas, but I've never forgotten that. I stumbled on this news today, and wanted to share a sweet memory with you. I lost my nephew 10 years ago at Chris' age--my sister treasures little stories like this & I hope you will too.
Jeanne Johnson
July 22, 2010
I love you dearly. May that incredible spirit you had work wonders in Heaven with the Lord...
July 21, 2010
When we were kids there was never a dull moment when Chris was around. He had a spirit so big about him that it would light up a room when he walked in. He always knew the right words to put a smile on your face, and how to make you have fun. Whether it was on the field or in life Chris has always been a star to everyone he’s known. I am so grateful for having Chris as a cousin, and will truly miss him. Aunt Leslie, Uncle Harvey, Eric and Rebecca my prayers and love are with you.

Desiree Bourassa
July 14, 2010
I never knew the young and vibrant Chris so many did... I wish I had. I just know that he must've been a pretty amazing kid because I've had the honor of being friends with you, Leslie and Harvey, during the past couple of tough years, laughing and crying and sharing and trying to understand - and seeing your amazing love for each other and for your precious Chris - and watching you grow into an awesome love of our precious Lord: wow! You have my admiration and respect and my love and my prayers and friendship... always...
maggie hansen
July 12, 2010
Leslie and Harvey,
It's been a month now and I still can't fully absorb all that has happened. I just know you two were great parents to him. He would never have accomplished all he did without your unending support. Harvey, I witnessed all the time you invested. Leslie, I have so many memories of little Boo boo. He embrassed life and lived it fully, a lot like his mom. I wish this never happened because seeing your pain is overwhelming. I want to be there so let me know what you need.
Good bye, Chris. I look forward to seeing you again.
Aunt Laurie
Laurie Mcneilly
July 11, 2010
Harvey and Leslie
Chris was truely a remarkable young man.
Chris will always remain in my heart as a very loving,gentle soul seeking only peace and freedom.I am bless for having been able to have shared time with him while he was in Boston.I am comforted by the believe Chris's soul is free and at peace with a loving God.
May god's love provide you comfort in this time of great sorrow.
Love Julie
Julie Lufkin-Purtz
July 7, 2010
To the Purtz Family,
My cousin Chris will always hold a special place in my heart. I honestly can't look at a bowl of mashed potatoes without smiling and thinking of him fondly! He was a truly talented, sensitive, and charismatic person with many stories to share. He possessed that "it" factor that money cannot buy and many movie stars covet; I will continue to miss him but will be comforted by my knowledge that he is at peace in Heaven and looking down upon all of us.

With lots of love,
Alyson McNeilly
July 6, 2010
There are no words that can lighten the sadness of the loss of Chris. His high energy, warm smile, and powerful presence.A child with the promiss of greatness.I know his soul has found the peace he tried so hard to find and Mom will help him sing praises to the Lord.God bess you Chris, as I know he has.
Edward Purtz
July 6, 2010
We are so saddened by the loss of our dear cousin Chris. I am thankful for the time we were able to spend together when he moved to Boston. His energy was contagious and people were always drawn to him. God is lucky to have him as one of his angels. We will surely miss him. Not a day goes by we don't think about Chris and pray for you guys.
All of our love,
Natasha, Joe and Isabella
Natasha Abasciano
July 5, 2010
Watching Chris grow up over the years, I was always amazed at his focus and how he didn’t stop until he won. I think of Chris’s passion, goal setting and focus and try to apply the same principles to my life. Playing for Cal and getting a job for the Red Sox just shows Chris was following his dreams. My favorite memory with Chris is in 2004 when the Sox made the famous comeback against the Yankees. We were at Fenway and just won and tens of thousands of Sox fans crowded the street and I turn and there was Chris jumping up and down screaming “we won, we won” and hi-fiving everyone. I will miss you Chris.
Daniel Bourassa
July 3, 2010
although you live so far away from us and we have missed so much of the children growing up together christoper was such a inspiration to my boys. i'll never forget the day when justin was starting football and the were handing out jerseys. they held up each shirt one at a time and let the kids go up and pick the one they were holding. when he held up the number 44 justin ran as fast as lightning and got it before any one else could. he was so proud to have the same number christopher wore. we would watch games on tv and he would yell " there's my cousin" every time we saw him. he told me recently that christopher was his hero. i'm so glad he was able to touch our lives in this way. we will miss him and always keep him in our hearts.
margery moore
June 30, 2010
I will always hold Christopher near to my heart as a cherished nephew. I have so many good memories of him. I remember one of his visits to MA. We went to Canobie Lake Park in NH. At one of the booths there was a guy with a speed gun clocking how fast people could throw a baseball. Chris told the guy he could beat him. Christopher was about 13 years old at the time and he threw the ball at a speed of 91. Chris was smiling but, everone around him was in shock. A couple of people watching yelled sign him up. There are many memories of him. He was such a gifted and well rounded young man. I will miss him so much. I love you Christopher,
Auntie Susan
Susan Bourassa
June 25, 2010
I will always hold Christopher close to my heart as a cherished nephew. He brought so many good memories to all all lives. I remember his visit one year we went to Canobie Lake Park in NH. There was a guy at a booth there with a speed gun clocking how fast people could throw a baseball. Chris was around 13 years old at the time. He told the guy he could beat him and he did at a speed of 91. Chris was smiling away but, everyone else was in shock.A couple of people yelled sign him up. What a special, gifted, well rounded young man he was. I love you Christopher,
Auntie Susan
Auntie Susan
June 25, 2010
Harvey, Leslie & Eric
My personal condolences for your loss of Chris. Those early years of watching your son and my grandson play soccer and baseball together will always be special memeories in my heart. Chris was a special athelete and person. I know he touched Randy in a very special way. God now has touched him eternally.
Betty Nelson
June 21, 2010
Dear Harvey and Leslie,

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Chris was such a special young man, so talented in mind and body, always polite and respectful. Most of all we celebrate Chris for who he was as a person, a very precious soul created by God. We will miss him as we recall his special place in the relationship between our families over the years. We know he now rests in peace in Gods arms.

The Crogans
June 20, 2010
Dear Leslie, Harvey and Eric, we are praying for you. May you find strength in the Lord and know he is with you during this very difficult time. Love, Penny Donnelly (Kansas City, MO)
June 17, 2010
Harvey and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Think of you often!!!
Beverly (King) Gilchrist
June 17, 2010
Dear Dr.Purtz family,
Our heartfelt condolences with the family. May God give all of you courage and strenth to bear this unbearable loss.
Our heart, prayers & love go out to you and your family.
Please know that we are so very, very sad for your loss and will be praying for Chris you & your family.

Mrs. and Dr. Ravi I. Kumar
June 16, 2010
Dear Leslie, Harvey and Eric,

I am so terribly sorry to hear of the sudden death of your beautiful son, Christopher. Please know that our family stands alongside you during this dark time of sadness and loss. May you be sustained by the love you have for Chris and all that dwells in the quiet sanctuary of your hearts.

I fondly remember our early years in California, times spent by the swimming pool, school and extracurricular activities trying to keep our "rambunctious herd", safe and in check. The Purtz brothers were an integral part of whole with a zest and energy often unmatched by the others! What fun we had together.

Chris brought his own unique spirit and skill set to our neighborhood group. At five, he was a whirlwind of activity, freckly faced, cherubic with a winning and mischievious grin that could just melt the most hardened of hearts. He seemed to embrace all that was presented with unbridled enthusiasm. As all little boys so often are, I can imagine he was a source of great pride as well as complete frustration! But honestly, what an amazing dynamic spirit . Hold on to that.

I am so grateful for the early years spent together in friendship. I pray that you will all be sustained by your faith, the shared memories and the many stories that will come your way. We were all blessed to know and love Chris at some point in time and will celebrate the extraordinary gift of his life while he was here on earth.

With much love ,
Debbie Alsberge and Family
Debra Alsberge
June 15, 2010
Leslie & Harvey,

I will miss Chris, and will not forget how nice he always was to me, and how bigger then life he was to me growing up.

Love you and praying you, Lexi
Alexis Nelson
June 14, 2010
My heart, prayers & love go out to you and your family.
Please know that I am so very, very sad for your loss and will be praying for Chris you & your family.
your cousin, Lindy
Lindy Ferguson
June 14, 2010
Chris Purtz. My friend, my brother in spirit. You will be missed, but NOT forgotten. Erik Nelson USAF
Erik Nelson
June 14, 2010
Harvey, Leslie and Eric:

Allen and I just heard the shocking news this morning that you have lost your dear son and brother. We cannot imagine what you have been and are going through. Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. We are deeply, deeply sorry.

Patty & Allen Morell
June 14, 2010
Harvey and Leslie, I'm not sure if you remember us, but Allen & I used to live in your neighborhood near Palm and Sierra. We remember both of your beautiful boys playing outside on the front lawn and laughing about how Christopher was such a BIG little guy and would probably grow up to be a linebacker. Then both of our daughters ended up at Cal many years later and imagine how excited we were to see the name "Christopher Purtz" on the program at Cal football games in Berkeley. Small world. Our deepest condolences to you all. We are so sad for your loss.
Erin Kachadurian
June 13, 2010
Chris was and will always be like a member of our family. Those days of my son and Chris playing baseball and soccer, while Harvey and I coached will be treasured moments forever. You had the drive of a lion, and a heart to match. One day soon, we will all see you in the air, as you greet us into heaven. Our love to Harvey, Leslie & Eric.
The Nelson's... Randy, Sande, Erik and Alexis
Randy Nelson
June 13, 2010
My thanks to you, Christopher, for being able to share your love of Baseball and Football from grade school, High School, to California University. All the proud moments you gave.
Love you, Grandpa Purtz
June 13, 2010
The family requests that remembrances in lieu of flowers be sent in memory of Christopher Purtz to Clovis West Football in care of Sandy Torosian, 9324 N Sain Martin Dr., Fresno, Ca 93720, 559-434-4254
Leslie Purtz
June 13, 2010
The family requests that remembrances in lieu of flowers be sent to a fund in memory of Christopher Purtz for Clovis West Football in care of Sandy Torosian, 9324 N Saint Martin Dr.,Fresno, Ca 93720, 559-434-4254.
June 13, 2010
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