Christopher Keith Markham passed away on June 28, 2013 at the age of 29. Chris was born Sept. 13, 1983 in Burien. He was the first of two sons of Keith and Vivian Markam of Colville.
He moved to the Colville area 16 years ago. He went to Onion Creek School, excelling in many subjects, including math, English and Japanese. Chris and his brother Matt loved sports and both played baseball for Northport High School.
During Chris’ senior year (2002), the team was able to go to state. He and Matt helped put the team in the Final Four. It was amazing they came in fourth in state, considering their varsity team included some pretty scrappy eighth-graders.
Soon after graduating, Chris joined the Marines “because they made him laugh.” Chris went to Boot Camp in San Diego, California and also was stationed there. Chris served five years as a helicopter mechanic and fabricator. He did two tours in Iraq. He came home in October 2007 and continued as a reservist for three more years. He enjoyed seeing many countries, including Japan, Thailand, Australia, and Qatar, but he considered the Onion Creek area home.
Chris continued his education while on reserve at Spokane Falls Community College and Colville Community College. He was hoping to become a botanist. Chris was proud of his military service, but as is the case with many veterans, struggled with adjusting back into civilian life. Unfortunately, Chris couldn’t quite make the adjustment.
His family is hopeful that other veterans receive the held they need.
Chris was generous at heart and donated time to helping others and in need and expected nothing in return. He loved animals and helped build a run for the dogs outside at the Colville pound. He also helped at the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary on their work days, cleaning and repairing the dog runs. He had a couple of pet ferrets (Kizzy and Coconut) and a toy Chihuahua name Taco. He enjoyed playing video games and Guitar Hero with his friends.
Chris is survived by his parents, Keith and Vivian Markham; his brother, Matt, Colville; his grandmother, Rose and Uncle Bill McCoy, Glenoma; other Aunts and Uncles include Charles McCoy, Auburn, California; Betty St. Clair, Portland, Tennessee; Ed and Judy Markham, Cadillac, Michigan, Lee and Gayle Markham of Tucson, Arizona, and Lane’ Michelle Markham, Miranda, Arizona; numerous cousins and relatives living in California, Oregon, Arizona and Nevada.
A short military ceremony at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 W. Espinosa Road, Medical Lake will be held on July 19 at 10:30 a.m. (“sharp”-military time). Friends and family close to Chris are welcome to attend.
“Generous in spirit, troubled at heart, gone from this life too soon, walk in the light of a happier time and leave mortal troubles behind.”