1961 Chad 2024

Chad Allen Christman

May 22, 1961 — April 27, 2024

West Valley City

With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of Chad Allen Christman. After struggling for several months in the hospital, Chad returned to his home where he passed away peacefully on April 27, 2024. He was greeted by his mother (Marlene), nephew (Russ), and other loved ones. We are grateful for the many family members, friends, students, and others who visited him during the last moments of his life. 
  
 Chad was born on May 22, 1961, to his loving parents Lynn Allen Christman and Marlene Bengtzen Christman. Chad was known as a caring big brother due to his thoughtfulness and kindness toward everyone. Growing up, he enjoyed going to Disneyland and reading Spider-Man comics. Later in life, he loved playing card games every Sunday at his parents’ house. He also loved spending time with his siblings: Julie (Roger), Larry (Cindy), Kurt (Angie), and Michelle (Jeff). He was great at gathering the family, mainly due to his loud voice and big personality. The family will miss him calling everyone’s attention and humming the beginning of “Happy Birthday.”

 

He proudly graduated from Granger High School in 1979. He sang in Madrigals, acted in school musicals, and was nominated the “Most Dramatic” in his class. Chad became a part of the “Frozen Chosen” when he served as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Japan Sapporo Mission. While on his mission, he discovered his passion for teaching. After he completed his mission, he returned to Sapporo to teach English.

 

Chad attended the University of Utah where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He then taught at his alma mater for nine years. Known as “Mr. C,” Chad quickly became a favorite teacher to the students in his choir, Japanese, and student government classes. He then pursued his dream by receiving a Master’s degree in Education and became a principal at both Bacchus and Gerald Wright Elementary. He made unforgettable memories for his students by shaving his head, wearing a tutu while riding a tricycle, and more. 

 

His love for music never faded, as seen by his participation in various operas, choirs, and vocal performances. He loved playing the guitar and singing karaoke with his friends and family. He also loved listening to the Beatles, Elvis, and church music. Chad felt that music was the best way he could share the gospel. He continued to teach and serve in many ways throughout his life. Chad enjoyed serving the members of St. Joseph Villa as a counselor in the Branch Presidency. He finished his professional career helping community members with criminal record expungement at Clean Slate Utah. 

 

Despite his many accomplishments, Chad’s greatest joy was his family. From the first moment he met Hiromi, he knew they would get married. He later found out that Hiromi felt the same way. They were sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple on June 29, 1993, and celebrated 30 years of marriage together. No one could deny the love they had for one another. They loved attending the temple and traveling to California, Japan, and Hawaii together. They supported each other in every obstacle. They raised two daughters, Jasmine and Melody, who Chad claimed to take after Hiromi’s beauty. Chad was a super-dad and made time for his daughters for any occasion by chaperoning field trips, personal chauffeuring, and attending every performance and competition. Chad’s favorite son, Isaiah, joined the family when he married Jasmine in 2020. We will be forever grateful for the memories we made together on our recent trips as a family. 

 

 

A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 3rd, 2024, at 2005 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105. There will be an open house from 4:00-5:00 p.m. with a music memorial service to follow. Light dinner and karaoke will begin at 6:30 p.m. 

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