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Christian Dean Lindsay

December 18, 1962 — July 14, 2023

Christian Dean Lindsay

The doctor said, "It's a boy... just what you wanted, but there's a catch...you can't have your son without his sister." Christian Dean Lindsay, had just made his way into this world by the force of forceps, making it easier for his sister, Charisse Joan Lindsay, to follow four minutes later in a birthing room at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco, California.

Chris was pulled into this world, but for the next sixty years of his life Chris created his own force for action and adventure running full steam ahead on paths that were unknown to his adoptive parents.

Dean and Joan Lindsay. Paths like flying helicopters, fly fishing, training hunting dogs, BBQing, (which led to Chris opening the Teriyaki Express restaurant in Park City, Utah), water skiing (which led Chris to try his luck running "Just Add Water" a water sports rental shop in Provo, Utah), and Chris' amazing versatility of mind led him to experiment with his own line of healthy beauty products, creating his own face cream and healing bath salts, mixing both in his tiny apartment kitchen sink in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Raised in Sunnyvale, California with his older sister, Andrea Shaffer, his twin sister, Charisse Roberts, and his younger brother, Garrett Lindsay (dec.), he explored the hills of Atherton, California on his mountain bike and played short stop for his Sunnyvale Little League baseball team. When his family moved to Alpine, Utah in 1978, he enjoyed played football and baseball for American Fork High School.

At the age of nineteen, Chris chose to be a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was called to serve in the Louisville Kentucky Mission. Everyone was surprised but thrilled to learn that his mission president would be his very own uncle, Ronald K. Lindsay.

Following his mission, Chris was working as a salesman at Jans Sport Shop in Park City, Utah, when in walked a petite athletic-looking blonde named Daralee Roberts. After being introduced to Chris, Daralee ran home to tell her mother, "I've just met the man I'm going to marry!"

After that day, Chris did all the running trying to keep up with his beautiful new sweetheart (soon to be wife) for over twenty-eight years, as she/they shared dreams and adventures flying to Istanbul, Rome, Switzerland, Maldives, or Dubai... often with only one day to think about it, pack, and then be off...together.

When two perfect babies, son, Cortland (1998), and daughter, McKenna (2002), were born to these gooey-in-love parents, there was never just the mother in the hospital bed with her baby, Chris's head made three.

After one foursome family vacation Cortland age twelve, watched his dad editing the photos Chris had taken to create a beautiful visual story, digitally saving these precious memories. Cortland was glued to his father's artistic computer activity and his newly inspired passion for photography and editing led him to pursue his college degree in film at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.

McKenna recalls when their chocolate Labrador pups were born, she watched her "rough on the outside" dad, tenderly bonding with each one of them. McKenna saw the soft side of her dad, and to this day, that moment and all the fuss and care over their animals together in the future is her strongest link to her father.

McKenna and her beloved horses, Newman and Cookie, might never have received first place ribbons at every show, but as McKenna crisscrossed the country to get to her horse shows her dad was always the one next her behind the wheel, the one standing first and the longest, and watching every movement of horse and rider. Then, at the end, waiting, not moving, but ready to throw his arms around his courageous McKenna. Anyone happening upon this scene would have had the urge to give them both a blue ribbon.

Chris leaves behind his wife, Daralee Roberts Lindsay, his son, Cortland Dean Lindsay, his daughter, McKenna R. Lindsay, his mother, Joan Bailey Lindsay, his sister Andrea Lindsay Shaffer, his twin sister, Charisse Lindsay Roberts, and numerous adoring nieces, nephews, and young grandnieces and nephews who have recently described Chris as "The ideal uncle, who is wild, silly, fun, and loving. His love was loud, but his love was constant."

Chris's nieces and nephews would be the first to agree as enticing as foreign places were to their Uncle Chris and Aunt Daralee, Saddleview Ranch, in Oakley, Utah, was for twenty years where the Lindsay cousins, all together, snowmobiled, sang Christmas carols, rode horses, and slowly glided down the nearby creek. Saddleview Ranch, to where Uncle Chris gave all his time, sweat, and youth, is the only place on earth that spells paradise.

When asked what Chris loved most about his dad. Dean, who had passed away four years earlier, Chris's answer was, "His patience." After being diagnosed with massive internal organ failure on March 24, 2023, and after fighting for 112 days to stay alive, he kept saying to those nearby, "I just need to be patient."

Chris died July 14, 2023, at Shae Hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona

We wish to thank the many doctors, nurses, and staff at Honor Health North Shae Hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona for their continued care, and to American Airlines for their assistance in returning Chris home to Utah.

Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, July 25, 2023, at 10:00 am at the Peoa / Oakley L.D.S. Ward, 1224 West State Road 32. Interment will follow at the Marion Cemetery. There will be a Celebration of Life beginning at 4:00 pm at the Red Barn, 4300 South SR 32, Oakley, Utah where friends can mingle and share stories of Chris.

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