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Christopher Carr

Chris Carr

Tuesday, April 10th, 1973 - Thursday, January 30th, 2020
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Obituary

CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL CARR, 46, of Provo, Utah, passed away January 30, 2020, in Salt Lake City, when a hydraulic lift he was operating came into contact with a power line.

Chris was born in San Jose, California, on April 10, 1973. He was the third of five children to Janice and David Carr. Being the middle child, Chris always referred to himself as “the glue” that held Deborah, David, Rebecca, and Jenny together. Chris loved his hometown of Wrightwood, California. He loved singing with his high school vocal group, Vocal Point, skiing and biking at the local resort, Mountain High, going to the Wrightwood Country Club, DJ’ing the church youth dances, and going “off the hill” to the beach and Six Flags Magic Mountain almost all of which was done with his life-long friend, John Pestana. Chris’s parents gave him a loan to purchase his first mountain bike at age 14 so he could get to and from his job at the local grocery store. This helped cement his love for two major passions of his life, work and biking. His hometown family and friends helped Chris grow into an amazing man.

Chris pursued formal education including receiving an Associate Degree from Ricks College, now BYU-Idaho in 1995, a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 1998 followed by an MBA from the University of Utah in 2004. In addition to formal education, Chris was continually learning and developing new skills and maintained many professional licenses and certifications.

Finding an amazing woman, who would put up with him, was high on Chris’ priority list in 1995 when he returned from the Mexico Merida Mission, after serving two years for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Chris took one look at Lori Embree, while she was speaking in church and grabbed a pen to write her name on his hand in INK! It only took a few short months of calculated courtship to acquire Lori’s heart and hand and after agreeing with her father to the “no return policy”, Chris and Lori were married, and more importantly sealed, for time and all eternity in the beautiful San Diego, California Temple on April 27, 1995. Through the years their eternal family became complete with the addition of Sarah, Josh, Nate, and Abby.

Chris recently spoke about his family. He talked about each one of his children individually. He talked of Josh who is now serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Washington Kennewick Mission, as a Spanish speaking Elder. Chris was enjoying his weekly calls with Josh and being able to converse with him in Spanish. Chris talked of Nate’s desire for adrenaline and his excitement of returning to skiing, and biking after a recent injury. He talked about how beautiful Abby is growing up and how he loves to listen to her playing her harp. Chris talked about how he loves being a grandfather and what wonderful parents Sarah and Skyler are. He talked about Lori and all she was doing to help each of the family members. Chris was proud of his family and loved them with his whole being.

Chris was not afraid of work - he embraced it! He worked hard at jobs including pharmacy retail, pool cleaner, financial planner and real estate sales but found his passion in property management. He worked in various positions for several companies in Salt Lake City, Utah; Elko, Nevada; Frisco, Texas, and found his dream job as President of Edgecreek in Provo, Utah.

As President of Edgecreek, Chris oversaw the holdings of the company. Chris was a handson President who was not above personally dealing with problems of messy issues. Attention to his job had Chris searching for the best team of people to work at Edgecreek. Chris was blessed to work in the Provo office with his sister Rebecca and longtime friend John Pestana. Chris was very good at the office side but he was even better at the personal side…and parties. He mastered the art of grilling hot dogs in J’Dawg style and flipping pancakes better than any Denny’s for the thousands of BYU-I students who lived in his complexes.

Chris packed a lot of living into his 46 years. He did not wear a superhero cape, even though he acted like one. Usually, his uniform was casual clothes so he could tackle whatever adventures the day brought. Chris was a multi-talented, self-driven, master of many skills. Some of those skills included: triathlon racing, mountain biking, snow skiing, hiking, white water rafting, kayaking, and water skiing. Chris had a brain for puzzles of all types and was a problem solver. From the Lego Taj Mahal to his own home to the people who needed his help, Chris was a builder and a fixer. If Chris didn’t know how to fix something, he learned. In the last few years, he learned to love gardening, especially growing and sharing his berries.

Chris traveled extensively. Even at 46, you could find him on the highest, fastest, scariest roller coasters in the world...a look of pure joy on his face. Chris loved nothing more than to set off in an unknown city with no plan nor fear. Through two ferries, four train transfers, a bus and a lot of walking, he always found his way home.

Chris lived a life of quiet service, most of which his own family was not aware of. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Chris served in many capacities with no need for acknowledgement. He also served in his community in many ways with the sole purpose of making life better for those he loved. Chris had a personal relationship with each of his extended family members. He went out of his way to be involved and uplift each and every one. Chris leaves behind his beautiful family: his beloved wife, Lori (46), four children: Sarah Mariah Carr Thornton (22) (Skyler), Elder Joshua Richard Carr (18), Nathan Glenn Carr (15), and Abigail Embree Carr (10), one grandchild, Grayson James Thornton, his father, David Carr (Lynne), his siblings: Deborah Carr (Ben), David Carr (Jenn), Rebecca Ordonez (Arly), and Jenny Vargas (Oz). He is also survived by loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and a host of long-time friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Janice Steed Carr, father-in-law, Glenn Forbes Embree, and brother-in-law Michael Spencer McCullough.

This is not a tragedy. Chris kept his covenants with the Lord to the end. It is just a new phase of growth for all of us. God has a plan and in the words of his nephew, Alan Embree "It is our job not to screw it up." Chris did his part and now it's up to the rest of us to do the same.

There will be a visitation Tuesday, February 4th from 6:00-8:00 pm at Nelson Family Mortuary in Provo, UT (4780 N. University Ave., Provo, Ut 84604). Another visitation will be held Wednesday, February 5th, from 9:30-10:45 am; the funeral services will follow at 11:00, located at the Edgemont North Stake Center (345 E Foothill Dr, Provo, UT). The Interment will be held directly following the services at East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery (4800 E Lawn Dr. Provo, Utah).

In memory of Chris, donations can be made to the SCERA-Acting Up! Scholarship fund. Call the box office at 801-225-ARTS
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    Address
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:45am
    When
    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 9:30am - 10:45am
    Location
    Edgemont North Stake Center
    Address
    345 East 4525 North
    Provo, Utah 84604
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  • Service

    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Edgemont North Stake Center
    Address
    345 East 4525 North
    Provo, Utah 84604
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 | 12:30pm
    When
    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 12:30pm
    Location
    Eastlawn Memorial Hills Cemetery
    Address
    4800 North 650 East
    Provo, Utah 84604
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Heather Jonson

Posted at 03:44pm
I just heard the news of Chris' passing and am so sad. Our world has lost a great one. As a former, fellow landlord in Rexburg, ID, I loved visiting with Chris by phone or at landlord meetings. He was full of life and had great ideas and a ton of energy. I am grateful to have known him. I found out about Chris' death from our former manager. She is still a manager there, even though we are not still owners there. As the two of us were talking about the way the university is handling the COVID-19 virus, she mentioned that we need Chris Carr to go and speak with the university. She said that it was Chris that could be relied on, by other landlords, to go and talk with the university. And then she talked about what a deep loss it is for all of the off-campus housing community. I will always remember him with a smile on my face and with deep respect. My condolences to the family. You have a great dad, husband and son. With Love, Heather Jonson
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We are thinking of you during this difficult time. He will be missed in Rexburg. Hemming Properties
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