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Christopher Starz of Eagle River, Wisconsin died Sunday, March 26, 2006 on Elk Mountain Pass near Rawlins, Wyoming. He was 22 years old.
Chris was born on July 20, 1983 in Woodruff, Wisconsin and attended the Eagle River Graded and Middle Schools. He was a 2001 graduate of Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and received his BA Degree with Dean's List Honors in English from Colby College, Waterville, Maine in May of 2005.
At an early age Chris was involved with his family's sport of sled dog racing and won numerous Junior State Championships, as well as the Klondike Days World Oval Championships. At age 9 he was featured on the children's television program "Get Real".
An avid athlete, Chris played on local soccer teams, and at Olympic Development and collegiate levels. At 16, he was a US Sports Ambassador and represented the USA in tournaments in Holland and Germany. He received several MVPs at Wayland for both soccer and alpine skiing, and as captain, twice led the ski team to the state level. In 2004 Chris founded Northpoint Wakeboard and Water Ski School and was a rated USA Water Ski Level 2 Coach. He was the state Wakeboard Coordinator for the Wisconsin Water Ski Federation and represented the Northeast Conference and Colby College in the 2004 Collegiate National Championships. He also competed in the 2005 American Wakeboard Association National Championships and was invited to judge the Collegiate Extreme and Pan American Championships in Orlando, FL.
His hobbies included playing lead guitar and vocal in his college band "Ditka and the Hurricanes", freestyle and powder skiing, mountain biking, rock and ice climbing, photography, wilderness camping and creative writing. Chris lived and worked as a ski technician in Park City, Utah this winter. He held his Avalanche 1 and Wilderness First Responder certifications and revered his time spent in the mountains and on the water.
He was preceded in death by his stepbrother, Quinn Gannon, 1998; and his grandparents, Ann and Wendall Schrader, 2001; and Alice and Walter Starz.
Survivors include his mother, Georgianna Schrader Starz of Eagle River, WI; father and stepmother, Jeffrey and Jill Starz of New Glarus, WI; and brothers, Jeremy Starz, Eagle River, WI and Jason Perez of Denver, CO; and sisters, Chloe Starz of New Glarus, WI and Bretton Jenks of Vero Beach, FL.
All friends of the Starz family are invited to attend a memorial service to celebrate Chris's life. The service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 4, 2006 at Camp Nicolet, Eagle River, Wisconsin.
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