Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Bro!

All of us, including my kids are missing you on your 39th birthday.  Almost every time I look at a little kitty I think of the great love you had for your cats. I hope you're smiling from above at the pictures they colored for you. We're all thinking of you on this day.

Many years ago I gave Chris a small sunflower plant one summer.  He planted it and emailed me many photos of its growth during that summer.  In subsequent years, he continued to grow beautiful sunflowers.   This big bright sunflower reminded me of the brightness that came from your soul and shone from your countenance.  Which brightness will continue to shine in us no matter the season.  We love you Chris, thanks for blessing us with your great life!

Happy Birthday Chris!

Happy Birthday Chris! We all miss you deeply and look forward to the day when we can all be together as a family. You have touched the hearts of everyone that knew you because of your Christlike love and we are better people because of you! We love you for Eternity! 
Love, Debbie

Happy Birthday

I just wanted to say happy birthday and merry Christmas my dear friend u Are always in my heart I will never forget u
 Dave Keller

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Chris & I used to talk about watching beautiful sunsets and how much we both loved them.This sunset is dedicated to you Chris! We Love you & think of you everyday! What a blessing it is to know we will all be together forever as a family!

 Love Debbie & All the family

Sunday, September 9, 2012

A Few School Photos

With the beginning of school comes those wonderful school photos.  I think the first one was taken around the beginning of school on year and the other one was a high school yearbook photo.  Chris loved all the activities that were associated with school, especially high school.  When I got to Woods Cross High, I was immediately known as "Beersie's" little brother.  This was due to the fact that both Chris and Carrey were very involved with sports and with the teachers and coaches.  Chris, not only was on the football team, he also managed the basketball team and assisted the coaches with whatever they needed in other sports.  He was a loyal friend indeed!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Beers Reunion

A few weeks ago we had our biyearly Beers family reunion.  This picture was taken at our last reunion.  Chris's absence was definitely felt.  We missed his warm smile, his socializing with everyone ( because he knew everyone), him taking pictures of  everyone at the events, and just him.  You are most certainly missed!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

An Olympian

With the opening ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics just the other day it caused me to remember the role Chris played in the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics.  Chris was a volunteer for the Paralympic games.  As a volunteer, he spent many hours at several different venues. I remember him wearing his Olympic coat for several winters following 2002. If volunteering was an Olympic event, Chris would of definitely got the gold. 

I remember came to see me at work one Saturday morning during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.  I asked him why he was so tired.  He responded that he had been up all night watching different events. Chris loved to watch and cheer on the US athletes. 

Chris always went for the gold in whatever he did!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Unique Birthday Cards

Many friends and family members have told me how they miss the birthday cards Chris used to send.  I know I felt a void on my birthday knowing there would not be a card or call from Chris. It didn't matter if it was a birthday, anniversary, Christmas, or any other important event, Chris always sent a card.  Thoughtfulness and attention to what made a person feel special was just one of the many gifts Chris possessed.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Let Freedom Ring!!!!!

Anyone who knew Chris, knew that he loved America . He was proud to be an American.  He loved getting involved and following presidential politics. The upcoming presidential election will not be the same without having Chris as a sounding board for my political thoughts.

I remember him wearing these American flag parachute pants when he was in high school.  They looked a little crazy, but Chris didn't care, he was proud of what they represented. One of the first framed pictures he ever did was of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. I remember it hanging on the wall of our bedroom for many years. Many other patriotic pictures followed. So tonight Chris, I'll light a firework in your memory. America the beautiful.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Pure Love for all! That is how I would describe Chris. This picture is a perfect example of this. This picture was taken shortly after he got Cheetah. It shows how much he loved Cheetah and all of God's creations.

 It has truly been a challenging 3 months since Chris passed away for all of those who loved him. He had such a way of making you feel loved and that you were very important to him. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about Chris & wish to receive one of his amazing hugs & to tell him that I love him. What a wonderful brother he was to me and an amazing Uncle he was to my children. He is still thought about & prayed for everyday in our home. We know that he is progressing & finding that love & joy that he so willingly gave to all those he met here on this earth. I know he is being surrounded by many loved ones who are giving him the love and support he needs at this time. I have no doubt that his big brother Jeff was there to greet him and and they had an amazing reunion. I have challenged myself that each day of my life I will try to be more like Chris & be more Christlike to all. To try to lift anothers burden and make a difference in the lives of family as well as those many who are strangers to me that may just need to know that someone does care about them. Chris truly was blessed with this Christlike gift and all those who knew him felt of his continuous love and concern he had for them.

In memory and honor of Chris I challenge everyone each day to be a little more kinder to each other. Little acts of kindness can bring about Big miracles!

I love you forever Chris & very grateful for your Christlike love you always gave to me.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Gone Fishin'

As summer is in full swing now, I can't help but think about how much Chris loved to spend time in the mountains fishing and camping with the family. I remember many many fishing trips together.  I was thinking this week about the time when he came home from his mission on a medical leave.  After his surgery and recovery he still had to wait a while before going back to his mission.  So to pass the time we went up to Trial Lake for a week.  I know he would of rather been on  his mission but I sure was glad to have someone else to be  with.  I became an only child when Kim got married and Chris and Carrey left on their missions all within a month. The first fish I catch this summer will be in honor of you buddy.  Gone fishin'

Monday, June 18, 2012

Chris' Masks

Any of you who ever visited Chris at his apartment know what an adventure his apartment was.  It was like going into a museum.  The walls were decorated with beautifully framed photos, most of which he matted and framed himself. The decor was collected from all around the country and world.  However, on the back wall of his living room hung a collection of masks collected from around the world.  Some of them he collected himself, some were brought back by friends from exotic places and some he purchased online.  As I moved into a new house this week I was looking at the mask I got from Chris and was thinking what a classy guy he was.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I owe Elder Beers

I am so saddened to learn of the death of my missionary companion, Elder Beers. I was just looking on Facebook to renew our friendship when I discovered this shocking news.

Elder Beers was one of the hardest working companions I ever had. He was transferred into Millville, NJ and the first thing he did was put up some pictures of Joseph Smith on the bedroom walls. He taught me to love the Prophet Joseph Smith. He treated him like a true hero. He always compared what he was doing to what the Prophet would do. He would tell me all kinds of Joseph Smith stories. He knew them all. He had other Book of Mormon pictures that he put up on the wall. Since then, I've started my own wall of spiritual heroes.

He loved his family and talked about them all time. Once I said, "Holy Cow" and he said it's a good thing his mother didn't hear me say that and that I shouldn't use the word "holy" lightly. I still use the word "holy" but I have a new respect for my mother because I could see the deep respect he had for his.

When we went tracting, he would always button up his outer suit coat and would swing his arms in a marching style to keep up with me (I was taller). Walking with him at my side I felt like a true servant of God. I knew he knew it too.

I was his companion when he got really sick. He kept asking me why God was giving him this illness. I was never happier with a sick companion in my life. We still made phone calls and did everything we could although homebound. His illness progressed to the point that he had to go home briefly. But he came back.

It hasn't always been easy since my mission. And time and time again I've been able to take emotional and spiritual strength from the rich memories I had with Elder Beers.

I had the impression many times since my mission to reconnect with Chris. Now, I'm left with that empty feeling of guilt that maybe I could have done more to support Chris.

My only hope is that Christ died for Chris and Chris is not really dead. He lives on, and so will I. One day I can face Chris and tell him that I'm sorry that I didn't do more to re-connect. That he gave me so much and I returned so little. That his life and death rekindled a fire in me to share more with those who have touched my life. Then after I receive his forgiveness (because Chris would do that for me), we'll go tracting together just like old times. Only this time, we'll be tracting with the Prophet Joseph Smith. Just the three of us.

I can do more to re-connect and support those who have built me up to where I am today. I promise to do that, Chris. I'm sorry. Gary Fales.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Chris and Cheetah

Everyone who knew Chris, knew he loved his cats dearly.  From his first cat Jade to his beloved Cheetah.  This picture was taken when he went to Las Vegas to pick up Cheetah from a specialty cat breeder. Chris' cats always received the finest food, medical treatments and especially his love. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Master Photograhpher

Chris was talented in so many ways.  He not only had these talents but he sought for opportunities to develop and share them with others.  Photography was no exception.  Whenever there was an event you could expect Chris to have  his camera with him.  I was reminded of this as I transferred thousands of his pictures to my computer last month.  He had that God given ability to make people smile and that was clearly evident as I've looked at the expressions on the faces of those he took pictures of.  He even won a national award for an amazing shot of our neighbor water-skiing.

He enjoyed taking pictures of friends, family, his casts and the places he visited.  Every year I could plan on Chris sending me an email of pictures of his flowers in the yard, or his hanging baskets outside his apartment. So on this Memorial Day I thought it only fitting to include a picture Chris took of some beautiful spring flowers.

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Spirit of Adventure

All who knew Chris, knew that he loved to go places and do things.  As I've been looking through his pictures I can't believe all the places that he went.  Chris had connections and friends all over the world, so he always had an excuse to go somewhere new.  Whether it was Europe, India, Africa, South America, the West Indies, Israel or somewhere in the US. Sometimes he wouldn't tell his family about what he was planning next probably because we may have tried to talk him out of it.  I remember one time he just showed up with pictures and a video of him skydiving.  He probably enjoyed seeing how shocked we all were.

The above picture was taken while we were sled riding down the world's longest sled run in the Swiss Alps.  People must of thought, "look at those crazy Americans."  That didn't matter, we still had a great time.  So Chris, here's to adventure!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Chris and Family

With Mother's Day last Sunday, I couldn't help but think of the great love that Chris had for his family, especially his mother.  As my family and I visited my mom for Mother's Day, there was defiantly a void there at the house.  There was seldom a holiday or special event that Chris was not in attendance to. He was so supportive of the nieces and nephews sporting events, baby blessings or whatever else brought us together.  We always knew we could count on Chris being there.  He was a lighthouse in our life..... and still is today.  

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Movies and Chris

This week I was thinking about how much Chris loved the movies. He wore this shirt last fall while helping me at a show.  He was so proud of his Star Wars shirt and asked me to take this picture of him.  When we were kids I remember watching old classics like Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, and old western movies staring John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.  We used to go rent the 'old'' Little Rascals movies, UHF and Uncle Buck.  In high school he and Carrey and their friends would watch the old Saturday Night Live re-runs.  When we lived together at grandmas house I remember how much he loved The Prince of Egypt animation. 

In recent years he loved and owned all the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and of course the Star Wars movies.  He not only loved to watch these movies but could quote lines perfectly as only Chris could do.  So as the move reviews would say, when it came to the movies Chris was... " Two enthusiastic thumbs up."

Sunday, April 29, 2012

6 weeks ago today we lost our dear Chris.  Hardly a moment has gone by since then that some memory or thought of Chris has not come to mind.  He was so much a part of all our lives, and I know it will continue to be that way even though he is not with us on this earth.  As his brother, each week I would like to post a picture and a memory of Chris. I know I will never forget his awesome smile and the amazing person he was.  This is just one way I can continue to honor him and remember what a great example he was to me.  Any of you are invited to do the same.  I plan on this blog being around for as long as computers and the internet are around.  If something about Chris come to mind or a special experience you think of, please feel welcome to add it to the blog. Chris would want us to keep smiling, as he always did.  I love you bro!   Willey

Monday, April 23, 2012

Memory of Chis

Dear Chris Beers and his family

I knew Chris for 16 years ago he is a sweet loving and funny person, I am a Commander Officer in Marine Corps, I met him after I arrived from overseas (Iraq). He was so please for all the Armed Forces, who serve the country.

*May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.
*May the comfort of God help you during this difficult time.
*We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
*Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel.
*Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.
*You have my deepest sympathies on the death of Chris.
*Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.
*I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you.
*I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

*We all going to miss you.

P Goldstein
USMC Commanding Officer

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Remembering Chris

I met Chris during his senior year of high school. I remember the first time I saw him and the first thing he said to me; the same phrase he would say to me for several days after our first encounter. Every time he would pass by me, a scared insecure sophomore, in the hall he would say, "you're such a stud". At first I thought he was making fun of me but I soon saw his sincerity and his caring nature. We became friends. We kept in touch for several years.

The last time I saw him was at my wedding. He is an amazing, loving person who I have always looked up to, and will continue to look up to throughout my life.

My deepest condolences to his family who I didn't have the pleasure of getting to know well. May the Lord bless and comfort you with the peace that only He can provide.

David Mead

Saturday, April 7, 2012

From the Russon Brothers Guestbook

Shelly Dueri
Dear Family of Chris Beers,
My heart hurts for you!! What a beautiful tribute you wrote to your son, brother and friend. He was a wonderful person and I truly loved being around him. We went to the same singles ward in Bountiful before I got married. He always made me laugh; was a hit at one of our singles activities - I think it was a talent night and he entertained us with several impressions. He was truly a talented, gifted person and sure miss him!! I pray that your hearts may be healed and that you may be touched by the sweet love and peace from our Savior, Jesus Christ!!

Shelly Dueri

Brian Oltman
It is hard to know what to say at this difficult time - you are in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve the death of someone so special!

Jonathan Chipman
Chris and I became great friends at a Tennessee EFY around 1997, and our friendship continued on. Despite not being in touch greatly over the years, I've always considered him amongst my best friends. It was one of my greatest pleasures for him to meet and have lunch with my parents, sister, and I.

I send my heartfelt sympathies especially to the Beers family. I send my sympathies also to the countless others who, like me, feel a never-ending sense of appreciation and love to such a great friend.

Sincerely, Jonathan Chipman

Ian Danner
Dear Chris, words cannot express the realm of emotions I feel at the moment. On one hand, I miss you dearly. You were the beaming light of my life always encouraging me to be more loving and compassionate. On the other hand, I'm happy that you were able to move on away from the "pains" of this world. You were ah-ah AMAZING! I feel honored to have spoken with so many people who were touched by you. Without you, I don't think I'll ever be the same, but I know you'll be watching and guiding me from above just as you did down here on this Earth. It's nothing short of a miracle that we met and I hope that you and Jade will welcome me with open arms when the time comes to make my journey back home. I knew you better than anyone else and have seen the impact you have had on people and am thankful everyday for the cherished memories we had together. Take care My Boy!

Kerry Ross Boren & Lisa Lee Boren
Chris was our neighbor during the past few years, and he became our dear friend. We are reclusive by nature, but it was impossible not to become acquainted with Chris. His infectious smile made it so natural to be his friend. We came to love both Chris and Ian. We shared a common love for cats with Chris, among other things. Chris was not simply a good neighbor, he was a good friend and he will be sorely missed. Our tears now wash the footprints where Chris once walked, but we are reminded that the cracks in a broken hearts is where the sun shines through. Chris would understand that.

Brad Elmore
My deepest sympathy to Chris's family. I read his story and it is heartbreaking. God loves all of his children. I am so saddened at your loss. May God comfort and hold you close.

Darrell and Barbara Foote
We served with Chris in the Texas Fort Worth Mission. As his mission president, I particularly appreciated his standard of excellence. He was a dedicated, spiritual missionary. He loved, and was loved by all who knew him, church members and non-members.

We will always remember Chris as a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

John Haning (Coach)
Chris was the best manager back in the day at Woods Cross. He was one of the happiest kids I have known. I am so sorry for your loss! He was such a great person and friend.

Mark & Janet Short
We wish to extend to you our love and prayers. May the comforting arms of the Savior embrace you at this time and may His love bless you and your family.

Andrés Vergara Acevedo
Mis más sentido surtimientos de amor hacia nuestro hermano Chris Wayne Beers.
Qué la misericordia de Nuestro redentor estén contigo...
nuestras Oraciones de tus hermanos de Chile!

Susan Cheatham
I had the honor of getting to know Chris and his wonderful family when we lived in their ward in the mid to late 90s. what a wonderful family! may your memories of him and your knowledge of the plan of salvation carry you through this! Hugs and prayers to your family!
Susan Cheatham

michele dransfield
Chris, you brought happiness to everyone who knew you. Your loving bright smile will be forever in our hearts. What an example of Christ like loved you shared with all of us. We are honored to have been your friend. You have touched the hearts of so many people, well done. Love you,
w Michele Dransfield

Clyde Allan Triptow
Dear Beers family,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences concerning the passing away of Chris.

Chris lived the life worth living, as an exemplar servant of the Lord. Chris will be greatly missed by many people.

May the Lord's blessings of comforting solace, continual peace, and abiding love sustain your family members during this difficult time of mourning. May your family walk the path of bereavement with an enduring eternal perspective of the happy family reunion to come in a far brighter place.


Clyde and Amelia Triptow

Cindy Young Jacobson
I was so sad to hear the news of Chris passing away...my heart goes out to his family, they are WONDERFUL people and they raised a wonderful young man, it was way too soon for him to go. Chris always had a smile on his face and was one of the happiest people I remember from our high school/growing up days....may his family be comforted at this time.

Laura Passey
Uncle Wayne, Uta & family, My tears flow freely as I share in your great loss. Be proud of this beautiful man you raised. Your did well. A genuine angel. Chris, thank you for your smile, your laugh, your sunshine. I am heart broken, you were heart broken. We love you, rest in peace. Give Jeff a high five for me! Hugs....
Daniel Caycho
I was so grateful to come to know him and from the very first moment we met he shared with me that smile that was so characteristic of him. His love and compassion for everyone who knew him will be a remembrance of him and always be alive in our hearts. He was a truly example of love and kindness and because of him I came to understand better the meaning of Jesus Christ for all of us. My heart and prayers ares with him and his family at this time.

Rick Bickmore
Although I only met Chris a couple of Weeks ago, I already knew from Ian what an amazing person he is. I wish I'd had more time to get to know him in this life, but I'm grateful for the brief time I had, and I look forward to getting to know him much better through Ian and his other friends here, and when we meet again in the next life.

Jeremy Botelho
Chris had and infectious laugh. I don't think I ever remember him not smiling and laughing, except when he was bearing his testimony of the gospel and of the savior. I look forward to seeing that smile again someday. Until then he'll be missed by many.

Cristin Terasa
I went to school with the twins and remember their smiles and glow they brought to the halls. I am saddened by the loss of Chris at such a young age. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time! Sincerely Cristin Terasa, Las Vegas, NV

Nicole Checketts
I worked with Chris at the Church Office Building for several years. He was so accepting of everyone and was a joy to be around. His fun-loving attitude, smile, and humor were contagious. He was extremely talented and had an eye for the beautiful. He framed several pictures in my home. Now, they will be all the more special to me. When I see them, I will lovingly remember him and the great person he is. May his family take comfort in the exceptional life he led and the numerous lives he touched. He will always stand as an example of Christ-like love and compassion. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

dave keller
this has been the hardest time since ur loss, U are the world to me. I loved being around u. I hope there will be a lagoon in heaven I love you as a friend lots of tears

Dave Keller

Marla Wood
My deepest sympathy and most sincere prayers are extended in behalf of your family. I love the way everyone in your family reaches out to make others feel important. I just keep thinking of Chris' energy and friendly nature. He was always so friendly and made sure to make his rounds to acknowledge every family member that attended Larisch Family Parties.

I pray that Heavenly Father will send you strength and comfort as He and His Son carry you through this hard time. I imagine Christ holding Chris in His comforting arms. I love your family.

Connie Gough
I first met Chris at the Church offices, when he worked in Travel. He was like a ray of sunshine and always had a genuine smile and a greeting that brought you into his amazingly large circle of friends. I loved looking at the pictures taken on his trips. I am so truly sorry for your loss, President George Albert Smith said..."I mourn with you but also congratulate you that you have had the companionship of this wonderful person ...and that it will continue through the eternities." May you be comforted and blessed. Sincerely Connie Gough

Marc Evans
I am deeply saddened of hearing of your loss. Chris was that smiling little kid I remember laughing and up to mischief with my little brother. Rest in peace my dear friend and know that you will not be forgotten you touched many lives and I am a better person for having known you. My thoughts are with you all my extended family of neighbors Mr. & Mrs Beers as well as Debbie, Kim and Carey. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Give Jeff a hug and sing those Beach Boy songs loud.

Kevin van Uitert
Chris you are a great man and will be missed. I imagine you are now with Jeff riding down the street together with the siren blaring.
Pamela Tullis
Wayne and Uta,

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Love, Jay and Pamela Tullis

peter gale
God Bless you, Chris....you were a good man.....the kindest and sweetest guy i have ever known...your tormented body is now at peace with the World,and your Soul sits at St Peter's right hand side...xoxo

An excellent person and a great friend. I'm a better person because of you and your family.

Rest in peace, my friend.

You will be dearly missed and always in my thoughts. I am so happy that I got to know you and become friends. I learned a lot about life from you and the stories you could tell. I love you Chris.

LaDuska Barrett
Chris was a good friend, and will be missed. I loved his smile, and he always made me feel loved. RIP my friend.

From the Deseret News Guestbook:

March 30, 2012
To the Beers Family,

I was both shocked and saddened to read of the untimely passing of Chris. I first met him at the LDS Church Office Building in 1989 when I would pass his counter on my way to the 14th floor lunchroom. I noticed a rare plant behind his desk, named the "lipstick" plant (when blooming, resembles a tube of lipstick swiveled upwards) which I fell in love with. He let me tend the plant for him while his area changed locations, but I soon made sure I had one of my own, even bought one for my home.
Chris was so nice and friendly and had that gorgeous flashing smile for everyone. He was always so well groomed and dressed impeckably everytime you saw him. Even though we worked in different departments, we passed in hallways and the cafeteria. What a great guy he was, I am almost twice his age and recognize his many sterling qualities. You must be so proud of Chris, his life and the way he conducted himself. Blessings to all of his wonderful family.

Ann Gustafson
Former Family History Employee
Ann Gustafson, Tremonton, Utah

March 29, 2012
Dear Family of Chris Beers,
I am sorry for your loss of Chris. He met a smile with a smile and a laugh with a laugh. I am almost twice his age, but he is a friend to everyone and is known at the University Hospital for his graciousness.
David Kamerath, Salt Lake City, Utah

March 28, 2012
Dear Brother and Sister Beers,

I am so sorry for the passing of your son. Although I do not remember meeting him when we lived in WX 4th Ward for a short time in 1999 to 2000, he sounds like a wonderful and caring friend and son. I remember what wonderful and kind people you were. My heart goes out to you and your family. May the Lord bless you all with comfort, peace, and strength.
With love,
Gretchen Beers Becker
Gretchen Becker, Bountiful, Utah

March 28, 2012
I was saddened to hear about Chris's passing away so young. He was a hard worker and trusted employee at Church Travel. I live in St. George and will regretfully not be able to attend his service. I pray for those who have lost a dear friend. Cal Smoot

March 27, 2012
Chris was a delight to work with. He was always so cheerful and outgoing. He helped me many times in Church travel. He had such an excitement over seeing the world. My condolences to all his family.

Steven Neilsen,
Salt Lake City, Utah

March 26, 2012
Appreciated working with Chris when he was in Church Travel. He was always so pleasant and helpful. Sincere condolences to his family.

Dion Wall,
Salt Lake City, Utah

March 26, 2012
I was greatly saddened to hear of Chris' passing. He assisted me several times with travel matters at the Church Office Building. Chris was top notch in his duties at work a joy to associated with. Though I only knew him through these brief work experiences, I felt of his goodness. My deepest condolences go out to his near and dear ones. Thank you Chris for sharing part of your goodness with me in your travels through this life. Your presence is already missed.

Jim Berlin,
Latyon, Utah

March 25, 2012
I first met Chris about 22 years ago when the two of us worked together in Exploring. We had a great time planning events and training other Explorer Scouts on how to be successful leaders. We became immediate friends. We took that friendship beyond Scouting and spent a lot of time together.

I count Chris as one of my dearest and most sincere friends. He was like a brother to me and my siblings and another son to my parents.

When I heard of the passing of Chris this week, I couldn't help but become emotional. I valued his friendship, his example of service, his love of all men, and his testimony of Jesus Christ.

I'm thankful to my "little buddy" for all that he did to help me be a better person. Our family will miss Chris. Our thoughts are with the Beers family during this difficult time. May the Lord bless you.

Bryan Packer,
Herriman, Utah

March 25, 2012
Derin & Lindsy Burningham
Layton, Utah

March 25, 2012
Chris is absolutely amazing. I remember the first time I met him and his huge smile and warm greeting. I was fortunate to work with him at EFY and saw him touch the lives of many people, including my own. What a wonderful person he is and I am so grateful to have known him. The hymn that keeps coming to my mind as I think about Chris is hymn 293, "Each Life That Touches Ours for Good". Chris definitely helped me feel of the love of the Savior and brought me closer to him.

Gordon Mills,
Mobile, Alabama

March 24, 2012
I was shocked to hear that Chris passed away upon my return from vacation. I will miss not saying good morning to Chris.. He did a great job and always did it with a smile. He was well respected by his co-workers and he made a difference with the patients he touched. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family.

Sherrie Woodmancy,
Midvale, Utah

March 24, 2012
So Sad to hear of the loss of such a shining soul - hopefully he is in a better place but nothing will replace his presence here - Little Rainbow Comics

Robert Paul,
Los Angeles, California

March 24, 2012
Dear Beers family. I, too, loved your son and am so saddened to hear of his passing. I loved working with him in Church Travel and know he will be missed by all who associated with him.

Margaret Sales,
Salt Lake City, Utah

March 24, 2012
Uta , Wayne, And Family,

Sorry to read about Chris. It's always hard to express to family about their loss. Unable to be to the Services and I express my love to you and yours. Our families are the most important aspect of our earthly lives. May our Father in Heaven be with you and all the family.

LaMar Smith,
Layton, Utah

March 24, 2012
It's 11am Saturday 24th March 2011, here in my beautiful City of Exeter,Devon,England.The sun pours it's warmth down on us,just like Chris poured his warm love over us,through that beautiful beaming smile of his.As i walk towards the Cathedral, suddenly,the air is alive,the Exeter Musical Society bursts into songs from The Sound of Music.."Hoe Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria",with that line which so suited Chris..."How do you hold a monnbeam in your hand"....followed by "Climb Ev'ry Mountain......Til You Find Your Dream"...Chris you have now climbed your final mountain,and ascended to Heaven,and are smiling down on us today, and for evermore...God Bless, til we meet again!

Peter Gale,
Exeter England

March 23, 2012
We were shocked to hear of Chris' passing and want to extend our deepest condolences to his family. I had the opportunity of getting to know and love Chris when we worked together in Exploring at the training courses at the Teton High Adventure Base in the early '90's.
My wife and I, along with our sons Bryan and Spencer and daughter Melissa became good friends and came to love Chris a great deal. He was always happy and willing to serve others. He visited our home often and was always welcome.
The Packer family is grieving with you, and will always cherish our memories of Chris. We pray that the comfort or our Heavenly Father will be with you in abundance at this time

Randy and Sharon Packer and family

Randy Packer,
Murray, Utah

March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012
beers family and friends, we loved so, so much chris, this is a very hard time for all of us, but God is the only one who can give us calm, nobody will replace the love chris gave to us,he was a very important person for our family. we must think about all the special moments we had together, cause that was chris, happiness, and pure love.

Federico Corredor,
Cali, Colombia

March 23, 2012
Chris was a good Friend and great man. He was a shining example and a joy to be around. We'll miss him.
Aaron Boyd,
Penang, Malaysia

March 23, 2012
So sad to hear about this. My condolences to the family and all who knew Chris. He was an EFY counselor with my husband and I. He always knew how to brighten the room with his presence. He will be missed.

Cristina Miller,
Salt Lake City, Utah

March 23, 2012
Wayne, Uta and the Beers family,
We are so sorry to read of the passing of your son, brother, and grandson. Chris is a little older than the Kieffer kids but was always so kind to Ken Jr while on hunting trips. We truly love the Beers family even though it has been years since we have lived in the same ward.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. May the Lord bless you with the great memories of Chris and know of his great love for each of you.
Love, Mary Lue Kieffer and family

March 23, 2012
I'm not able to express in words the heartache I feel knowing that my good friend and example has passed away. Chris was the leader of the guys that grew up on 550 West. We all looked to him as a perfect friend, always having a positive influence and helping us to become better individuals. I have never know anyone to have as many friends as Chris has. He had a gift to make everyone he came in contact with feel important and loved. His influence will be felt forever. The memory of Chris will live on to help all of us strive to become kinder and more like Christ.

May the countless thoughts and prayers for the Beers family be comforting during this time of sadness. We will miss Chris' smiling face and energetic personality, but we will feel his spirit as it lives on and we will see him again after this life.

Craig and Melissa Erickson,
Eagle Mountain, Utah

March 22, 2012
Beers family, I am very sorry for your loss. Chris will be greatly missed, he was always very kind to me. From talking Jazz basketball back in high school or when I would see him up at the university hospital while I was working on the elevators he was always great to be around. May God bless you.

Paul Wykstra,
Layton, Utah

March 22, 2012
I never read the obituaries. But today it was sitting in the break room at my work. I knew Chris from his visits to my store at the Mall. He would just drop in and say hello. I'm so sad. He was always smiling and happy. I loved his genuine kindness that he showed. I don't know his family but I'm praying for their comfort.

Salt Lake, Utah

March 22, 2012
Our condolences go out to your family at this difficult time. Chris was such an amazing, kind person. His smile always was contagious and lit up a room. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with your family.

Sara Dowdle-Smith,
Houston, Texas

March 22, 2012
Dear Beers family,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences concerning the passing away of Chris.

Chris lived the life worth living, as an exemplar servant of the Lord. Chris will be greatly missed by many people.

May the Lord's blessings of comforting solace, continual peace, and abiding love sustain your family members during this difficult time of mourning. May your family walk the path of bereavement with an enduring eternal perspective of the happy family reunion to come in a far brighter place.


Clyde and Amelia Triptow

Clyde Triptow,
Sandy City, Utah

March 22, 2012
Chris you were a great person. I value
my time working with you at the hospital.
Have a great journey.

Jeffrey Johnson,
Midvale, Utah

March 22, 2012
sorry for your lose. i remember Chris as a great young man in school at woods cross high. i was his teacher and he was a great young man. our wishes go out to his family. my god be with you and we know we will see him again. Mr. and Mrs. Kent Staheli Woods Cross high school teacher and FFA advisor.

kent staheli,
layton, Utah

March 22, 2012
We love being neighbors to the Beers. We watched their family grow up. Our children's childhood memories are intertwined with the Beers' children. Chris was a special person to our family. We love him for his kindness and gentleness. We will miss his smile and happy greetings. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Brent and LeeAnn Cleverly and Family,
Woods Cross, Utah

March 22, 2012
Wayne, Uta and family. You are in our thoughts and in our prayers. Chris was an amazing youg man and touched the lives of so many. We wish we had known him. We know Heavenly Father is holding Chrs lovingly in His arms and has His arms wrapped tightly around you and your family.

Vikki & Paul Kelly,
Salt Lake City, Utah

March 22, 2012
Beers Family, my heart is breaking for you all. May you find peace in knowing Chris is free from any trials he found challenging on earth. Chris, you are loved, thank you for making many days bright with your smile & generousity. My love & prayers to you. God Speed.

Laura Passey & Carter Crew,
Chandler, Arizona

March 22, 2012
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories bring you joy and may the Lord's comfort fully embrace you at this difficult time. Please know we send our love. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

Elder & Sister Bob Peters
Vernon, Texas

Monday, April 2, 2012

Chris Beers

As I was listening to General Conference thoughts of Chris came to my mind and I was prompted to write this short note to you that loved him most.
I was inexplicably drawn to Chris's service. He was a good kid but I did not know him very well. In all honesty I came more to support Carry and still even though I went with Carry to Senior Ball I do not know him extremely well either. The service was beautiful and touching and left me wishing I had gotten to know Chris better and with the determination to be more like him. During the service it was mentioned that Chris studied with passion the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith and was told to pattern his life after Josephs. This is what I thought of during Conference and then the reason for changing all my Sat. plans and driving for and hour so I could be at the service was clear. Chris needed a representative of Joseph Smith's lineage to bear witness of the wonderful and amazing man Chris is and the struggle he was faced with during his lifetime. I've never felt like this before and possibly never will again but I want you to know that someone from Joseph Smiths lineage was there that day. Joseph was my 4th great uncle, Hyrum Smith was my 4th great grandfather through his first wife Jerusha and daughter Lovina.
I feel privileged to have been able to rub shoulders with such an amazing person even for such a short time.

Rebecca Reese Telford

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

An Inspiration

My family met Chris at the Church Office Buildings eight years ago, and we all shared stories of our international travels and of Texas, us having just moved from there and he served his mission there. He took special interest in my blood disorder, and when I personally connected with him years later, it was the first thing he asked about, stating he had thought about it often and was concerned. I was always impressed how mindful he was with others and their needs, always willing to help, wanting to help—a true helper in willing service of others.

Something my family always remembers him by is the sketch of Joseph Smith he gave us that has hung above our piano for seven years.

I was always grateful for his friendship and for his openness to discuss anything, no matter how personal. He was always encouraging of my creative pursuits and, in turn, served as inspiration for many of my projects. He became my dearest friend, as he knew what it meant to be a true friend. He truly changed my life, having often looked to him as an example.

He will be greatly missed by many, as I know his circle of influence was great. Till we meet again, Chris, thank you.

Jonathan Inman

Monday, March 26, 2012

Message for memorial blog

I first met Chris about 22 years ago when the two of us worked together in Exploring. We had a great time planning events and training other Explorer Scouts on how to be successful leaders. We became immediate friends. We took that friendship beyond Scouting and spent a lot of time together.

I count Chris as one of my dearest and most sincere friends. He was like a brother to me and my siblings and another son to my parents.

When I heard of the passing of Chris this week, I couldn't help but become emotional. I valued his friendship, his example of service, his love of all men, and his testimony of Jesus Christ.

I'm thankful to my "little buddy" for all that he did to help me be a better person. Our family will miss Chris. Our thoughts are with the Beers family during this difficult time. May the Lord bless you.

Bryan Packer

Sunday, March 25, 2012


I was deeply saddened to learn of Chris' passing. I worked for years in the Translation Department of the Church, and Chris helped me arrange travel to unusual places on many occasions. Always with a smile, always with courtesy and friendliness, and always with great efficiency. My sincerest condolences to those whom he has left behind.
Christopher C. DeSantis
Payson, UT

Memories of Chris Beers

To all those who love Chris Beers:

I am Max Molgard. I first became acquainted with Chris at the Taylorsville Institute. I was an instructor and advisor to the Institute Council when Chris served as the Council President. That began a wonderful friendship with an incredibly outstanding young man. I was saddened to hear of Chris’ passing. I for one will miss his smile, energy, and great sense of humor, but most importantly, his compassionate love for people.

The last few days I have been thinking about Chris a lot as I am sure you all have. My first thought was my last visit with him when I ran into him at the University of Utah Hospital. As usual he made me smile and made me feel like I was one of the most important persons in the world. I have thought about all the times he made me laugh with his impersonations. I have thought about the many conversations we had concerning people Chris was concerned about and how he might help. I have witnessed and been a recipient of his compassion and generosity. I found I had to be careful mentioning something I liked around him. One day he was sporting a brand new pair of tennis shoes which I said I really liked. A few days later he showed up at my office with the exact brand of shoes as a gift to me. I was insistent that he return them and he was even more insistent that I was to have them. You all know who won that battle. One of the rooms in our home has three wonderfully framed pictures that were gifts from Chris to me at various times. Those are just a few of many examples of Chris’ compassion and generosity.

There will certainly be a void in my mortal life not having Chris here. I just want everyone to know that I am a better man for having been given the privilege of being able to have Chris as a friend and brother.

I certainly hope for and hold on to the great promise found in the Doctrine and Covenants: ”When the Savior shall appear we shall see him as he is. We shall see that he is a man like ourselves. And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy” (D&C 130:1-2‎)‎.

Max H. Molgard

Memories of Chris

My husband and I moved into our first apartment shortly before Chris moved to the building. He lived next door to us. Throughout my years of school at the U, and my time as a nurse since then, I enjoyed seeing him around the neighborhood and the hospital. He was always friendly and willing to help. One night we heard the sound of a car accident on the street above us. We looked out our back window then ran to the door, but before we even got there Chris had gotten outside and run up the street. He was one of the first ones to get to the accident site and call for help. After that my husband and I always commented that he was the kind of guy everyone wants to know and live by--the first to be there when help is really needed. We moved away just a year ago. It is sad to hear of his passing. Our prayers are with his loved ones.

Angie Gray

A great teammate

I played football with Chris Beers in high school and knew him to be a great teammate. One of the biggest compliments I could give to Chris is the memory that he smiled through the good and the bad. I remember Chris for treating everyone as equals with a kindness and sensitivity that wasn't common place amongst youthful high school students. A man with a big heart that knew no short-cuts. In football, he came to every practice and every game with a positive attitude and willingness to make any contribution possible. His family should be proud of the man that made a difference in others lives.

Spencer D. Plummer

Chris was awesome.

I worked EFY with Chris the summer of '96 and remember his smile, his humor, and his talent for impersonations. I particularly liked his Neal A. Maxwell. His joy was infectious. I just remember him as a bright ray of sunshine, and it sounds like nothing changed in the intervening 15 years. I want to be in a heaven with people like Chris surrounding me.

A Loving Note to Those Who Know our Friend Chris Beers.

Chris Beers, An Angel Among Men

Words cannot express our appreciation and love my family and I have for Chris and his life.

We are deeply saddened at Chris’s passing. His charitable presence filled the room when he walked into it. He often apologized for being emotionally moved. My family and I found great comfort in that gift of emotion and inspiration. Chris was blessed with this gift to help other brothers and sisters understand God’s emotions and love for each of us. At times Chris might have felt that this gift was a curse. We pray that he will always know how much of blessing it has been to others in their lives. Chris and his gift truly touches the hearts of all those who know him and his family.

Chris also had the ability to help the very least among men to feel important. Through his charitable acts towards my family and I, we know that God still loves us and cares about all of us.

It is our prayer that Chris is experiencing great peace and joy in his new home. Chris helped my family and I with our move to a new home. When I felt sad an alone in the new home he reminded me of all the people that love my family and I. May we always remember to send our love back to Chris and his family.

Thank you Chris (a name just short of a T), for the open expressions of love you have shown to my family and I. Thank you for being the brother we all want to have in our lives. May you live with our brother that holds all the elements in life including that T. May you and your family always feel of God’s love and peace.

Most Sincerely,

David Hansen, Grant Hansen & Dolores Hansen

A Beautiful Soul Has Departed


As I prepare to attend your services, my heart is heavy with sadness of your passing. You were a spirit that we needed most in this world. Your compassion towards others was unparralled, your smile and laugh could make a room full of the saddest of individuals cheer up. I remember going to see Thriller with you and Ian a few years back and how afterwards you had us all laughing so hard we could hardly make the walk back to our cars. A memory that sticks out to me most was the day that you decided to paint your kitchen, I asked if you had spoke to your landlord and your response was " No, but I made it look better than it did so they should like it anyways. If not, well I guess I will be repainting huh!" you said that with the biggest smile I don't think I could stop laughing for awhile. It's been said many times and I will echo the sentiment, you effortlessly touched the lives of those around you, even complete strangers were enriched by your presence. So long my friend and may you be at peace.

Kellen P.

Memories of Chris

I remember Chris when working at the Church Office Building. He was always funny and did great impressions. He was a wonderful young man, he had a wonderful spirit about him. He will be missed greatly. When I heard the news yesterday my heart cried for him and his family. My husband and I got the pleasure of being in the same ward as his parents and they too hold a special part in our hearts. I am so great full that I got to meet Chris and become friends with him. Your family will be in our prayers we are so sorry for your loss.

Amanda Budd

I just wish to keep as simple as this:

Like everyone else, Chris made me feel like I was the most important person in the world. He touched my life and taught me in ways I will always appreciate.

I miss you Chris and until we meet again,
Jonathan Chipman

Friday, March 23, 2012

Chris was a wonderful friend

Chris was a wonderful friend to my brother and I when we lived in Bountiful. He was so fun and always made you feel happier for being around him. He had a great sense of humor and a fantastic laugh. I will always be grateful for the fun times we got to spend with him on trips and excursions.

Shalynn (Edwards) Morgan

Chris will be missed

I am sad to hear of Chris's passing. I was lucky enough to work with him at EFY and loved his fun personality and spirit. I remember his great impressions of President Monson and Elder Perry.

You are in our thoughts and prayers today.

Mark Stringham

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Chris was a great example to me...

Chris was a great example to me as we served together at EFY in 1996 at the University of Eastern Kentucky session ‘Living the Legacy’. He was a building coordinator and I was a counselor. I remember that for one of our nightly devotionals I invited Chris to share a lesson and his testimony with the young men in our group. He did many of his Church Leader impressions and also shared a very powerful testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Over the past few years I have run into Chris on occasion at the Church Office Building or up at the University Hospital. He always had a friendly smile to share and genuinely interested to know how I was doing. I am saddened to hear of his passing but ever grateful for the powerful friendships we create while here on earth. Will miss you Chris!

Gerrit Timmerman

Great Man

I served in an Elder’s Quorum Presidency with Chris, and remember his ability to befriend anyone and everyone. His smile was contagious! He would get to know others, and build others up through sincere compliments. Always willing to serve others. My life is better for knowing Chris Beers.

Lance Lewis

A Memory of Chris

My name is Kim Bown Packer. I was fortunate to know Chris when he was the Institute Council President at SLCC. I don't think any of us who knew him thought of as anything less than a genuine friend to all. It was pretty clear he was a good man. I remember him telling us that he would listen to general conference talks while he was commuting and that made such an impression on me. But my favorite thing about Chis was his impressions of general authorities, President Kimball being the best. He is definitely a talented and good man, and his loss will be felt. Our thoughts are with his family.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Hello. I went to school with Chris we had every class together from 10-12 grade. He'll be missed. I was wondering if I can adopt his cats or cat, or even buy one, that's if you cant find a home. I'm sorry for his passing he was to young.

Shon Swenson

My interaction

I was sad to hear the news.

I was a grade higher than Chris in high school, and didn’t really have any interaction with him there until one day he called me – out of the blue – and told me that he had had a dream about me, and that he felt impressed to strike up a friendship. At that time, I knew who he was but hadn’t ever even talked with him. I told him that he was welcome to be my friend, and kind of shrugged it off. I think I was a senior at the time.

He persisted to say “hello” to me at school, and ask how I was, etc. When we both left for our missions, we wrote each other. It was certainly an unusual arrangement for me. Probably not for him, though. Looking back, he was certainly a friendly and genuine individual. I’m sure that if I had spent more time investing in the relationship it would have grown. My loss.

Eric Wright

Chris Beers was without a doubt one of the most amazing, genuine, loving people...

Chris Beers was without a doubt one of the most amazing, genuine, loving people i have ever met or will ever meet in my life. He wasn't just an uncle to me he was a best friend. He would drop whatever it was he had going if you needed his help or he would give up anything if it meant it would help someone else. He never put himself before others, and loved everyone. His smile could brighten any room no matter what the circumstances may have been, and he would make sure that if you were down that his goal was to cheer you up. Chris did so much to help my life i could never say thank you enough He was such an amazing and wonderful example to me of how to want to serve and help others. The Christ like charity that he showed to every person he met was incredible. He was everyones friend, no matter who it was or whether he knew them or not he treated them with true love and compassion that i one day i hope to be able to even come close to. I love you so much Chris, and you are going to be missed deeply by so many people. I love you, you are an amazing uncle, friend and example to me and i will never forget you.

Love, Brandon

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Chris was so funny...

Chris was so funny and brought a smile to my face each time I was with him. Each time I smile, I will think of him, and the happiness he brought into my life.

Becky Bouvang

Gone but never forgotten

Well I guess I can speak for most in saying the thing that I remember most is that wounderful smile. He had a gift for making all of those around him smile and lifted up. I can never remember a time that I seen chris that he wasnt full of life acompanied by that wounderful smile. with all the love I posess,              

Josh Thomas