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Chris Maurice Mills

Nov. 29, 1955 - Jan. 8, 2019


January 31, 2019

A memorial service will be held for Chris Maurice Mills at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday February 2 at 11 AM. A local gathering will be held at Whitman Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1150 W Fairview Street, Colfax, WA. 99111, also on February 2 at 11AM.

Chris Maurice Mills, born November 29, 1955, of Portland, Oregon, passed away on January 8 from cancer. The son of Lester H. Mills and Celeste A. (Frazier) Mills of LaCrosse, Washington.

When Chris was young he enjoyed time spent at Lake Coeur d'Alene. He enjoyed skiing in high school. During high school, Chris participated in a European tour and student exchange. He also worked in the family business during summers. He graduated from the LaCrosse High School in 1974.

He followed his father's footsteps into aviation after high school. He worked as a flight instructor in Washington state as well as a pilot for parachute centers in Washington and Arizona. Chris also liked skydiving, with several jumps to his credit. This puzzled his father who used to say, “Why would anyone jump from a perfectly good airplane?” Chris later worked as a bush pilot in Alaska.

He moved to Corvallis, Montana, where he built his own log cabin. He developed and sold real estate.

Chris relocated to Oregon from Montana in 2013 to be near his family. Before leaving Montana, Chris joined Alcoholics Anonymous and was sober until the end of his life. The friendships from that group were a great help to him through his final illness.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society.


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