K. Christopher Witt, was a husband, father, son, nephew, uncle, brother- in- law but above all he was a friend to everyone he met. He often told his sons, Rylan and Jace, “We are Witts, we are leaders, we make good choices, we are children of god and we are a friend to everyone.” Chris lived everyday with that motto. He was quite the introvert who would choose the last seat in the back of the room to be an observer and take note before taking center stage and speak. He was a realist and an optimist. When he was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 he traveled both paths of realist and optimism. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Chris, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or a helping hand. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions and the utmost respect for those around him. Chris was born on December 28, 1970, at Women's Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada to James and Cathy Witt. He joined his older siblings Sharon and James. Chris was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Even as a child, Chris had the ability to lift the spirits of those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family. Chris spoke fondly...
K. Christopher Witt, was a husband, father, son, nephew, uncle, brother- in- law but above all he was a friend to everyone he met. He often told his sons, Rylan and Jace, “We are Witts, we are leaders, we make good choices, we are children of god and we are a friend to everyone.” Chris lived everyday with that motto. He was quite the introvert who would choose the last seat in the back of the room to be an observer and take note before taking center stage and speak. He was a realist and an optimist. When he was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 he traveled both paths of realist and optimism.
To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Chris, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or a helping hand. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions and the utmost respect for those around him.
Chris was born on December 28, 1970, at Women's Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada to James and Cathy Witt. He joined his older siblings Sharon and James. Chris was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Even as a child, Chris had the ability to lift the spirits of those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family. Chris spoke fondly of his childhood memories of spending his summers with his grandmother, Annie “Mega” Witt.
All of Chris’s playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Chris experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. He played Pop Warner football. In his spare time he liked comic books, football and was an avid movie buff. Chris especially loved going to the movies with his Aunt Jan.
Chris simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Chris’s grades may not have been the most important thing to him, but he really did enjoy his school experience. Since experience was Chris’s best teacher. He enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Chris graduated from Bonanza High School in 1989.
Chris worked hard during his college years, and was not the typical student. He worked full time at Department of Juvenile Justice and received his education through his GI Bill. Chris was usually found at the center of things, whether it was during class or in extracurricular activities. He was a jovial person who loved to share his passion for fun with others. But for Chris, life was not a case of all play and no work. Chris relished the task of putting his imagination to work in class. He was able to discover new and different ways of answering problems and creating unusual and different solutions. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from University of Nevada Las Vegas. Chris was also pursuing his Master’s Degree in Public Administration. His favorite courses were Producing/Editing and Journalism/Writing.
Chris loved to establish new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends and colleagues. Chris excelled in developing and implementing trainings on various topics from parenting, leadership and Juvenile Justice. Chris utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. Later in life, he became friends with Ruth Leon, Tyrone Thompson and Patrick Williams. Chris loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew.
In February 2005, Chris met his future wife, Colleen, while they were both working at the Clark County Family Court. A friendship ensured and later both realizing how they complimented each other took the relationship to the next step. On November 18, 2006, they were married and built a life and family together. In October 2008, Chris became a daddy to his first son, Rylan James, who became his buddy. They enjoyed playing sports together, playing super heroes, and watching endless amount of Disney movies. They both shared the family love of Disneyland. Chris was thrilled to celebrate Rylan’s first birthday at Disneyland. In April 2011, Chris was blessed with fatherhood again with another son, Jace Xander. Jace brought out the enthusiastic child in his daddy. They loved to play games, wrestle and “goof off”.
Perhaps the reason Chris related so well to children was the fact that he never really completely grew up himself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped him in raising his own children. Chris was blessed with two children, two sons, Rylan and Jace. Chris had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. If he was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of his attention was directed. Chris’s compassionate side prevented him from being a strict disciplinarian, and he could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. He could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Chris had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.
At work, as in life, Chris was a real “people person.” He had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Chris liked to see himself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Chris was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Chris’s talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see Chris as an excellent problem solver. His primary occupation was Juvenile Probation Supervisor. He was employed by Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice.
Chris was an Air Force Veteran, and a member of the Army Reserves. He was in the Air Force from 1990 to 1994 and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan and Saudi Arabia. An active member of the Army Reserves since 2008, he was stationed at Riverside, California. Chris saw action for four years in Desert Storm. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Senior Airman in the Air Force and Sergeant in the Army. He received several awards including an Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon, Southwest Asia Service Medal with one bronze star and an Air Force Training Ribbon.
Chris enjoyed perfecting his BBQ waking early just to start up his smoker and tended to it throughout the day. Whether it was ribs, chicken or an occasional brisket he would always serve his famous beans. He found joy in seeing the satisfied look on his family and friends faces. No one every left an empty plate or went home empty handed. Chris found joy hosting his family and friends on the weekend for an impromptu party. Our home was always filled with razzing and joking. Chris never turned down a good game of Bid Whiz or Phase 10.
Those who know Chris well, knows he may have been introverted but was very boisterous when it came to sports. Like a child on Christmas, he would count down until pre-season football. He faithfully watched the Dan Patrick Show every morning and fiercely defended his Carolina Panthers. Football ran in his blood. He spent many years coaching Pop Warner football and talked fondly of that time. He would beam like a proud papa when a former player would stop him in the community. He also coached his son, Rylan’s T-ball team and enjoyed his one on one time with Jace during Jace’s swimming lesson. During Chris’s final weeks, football was on 24 hours a day. He also enjoyed watching Hockey, and held season tickets to the Las Vegas Wranglers with his Aunt Janet.
Chris felt excited and challenged by sports. Chris loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Chris relished the opportunities where he could make an impact, and he would often push himself to play above his abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Chris never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. In high school, Chris wrestled. In his college years, Chris continued to stay active by coaching Pop Warner football. Recreational sports included Fantasy football, ice fishing, Hiking and coached and refereeing T ball.
Chris had an endless appetite for new and different activities. He was always ready to join in the fun and add his flair and energy to an organization. Because of his personality, his humor, and his ability to get along with everyone, Chris’s service was greatly valued by the organizations to which he belonged. In high school, Chris was a member of the wrestling team. Throughout his later years, Chris was an active member of the Juvenile Justice Probation Managers and Supervisors Association - Negotiating Team.
Chris, Colleen and the boys are active members in the Silverstone Ward at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Chris instilled the knowledge and values of the LDS church into his children, conveying to them that families are forever and we will all be reunited again.
Chris loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included Disneyland and the beach.
Chris’s faithful canine companions, Smudge and Abby, were “daddy’s girls” who knew their gentle disposition and need for a good cuddle was a weakness of his. When making homemade pancakes for the family, Chris would always remember to make enough for his girls. During his battle, Smudge rarely left his side, offering him a gentle nudge. Abby was always quick to give kisses to him and make sure he was never too far for her to cuddle with him or convince him to throw her tennis ball to her. He often spent time walking with them around the neighborhood. Shortly before he became bedridden, he took Smudge and Abby on one last walk.
Chris passed away peacefully at his home on August 25, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was surrounded by his family and friends he considered family. He is survived by his wife, Colleen; his children, Rylan and Jace; his parents, Jim and Cathy; sister, Sharon and brother, James. Services were held at Palm Northwest Mortuary. Chris was laid to rest in Palm Northwest Mortuary in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Chris brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Chris Witt lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.