Christopher Kuhio Chang

March 23, 1969 — September 11, 2013

Christopher Kuhio Chang

Chris was born in Thousand Oaks, California on March 23, 1969 and lived a life filled with numerous passions, adventure and immense love for his close family. He passed away very unexpectedly from a heart attack in Phoenix, Arizona on September 11, 2013 at the age of 44. Chris is survived by his wife Sunnev, daughters Kaelyn (11), Liva (9) and Iselin (4), brother Jeff, sisters-in-law Leah and Ida, brother-in-law Lars, mother Joanne, father Muncel, mother-in-law Alice, father-in-law Svein, grandmothers Cecelia and Winifred, uncles Gordon, Roy, Theron, aunt Loye, nieces Sydney, Corrie and Faith, nephews Isak, Jeremy, Alex, Jacob and Jared and countless friends (his closest friend Eric Bowen in particular) and colleagues whose lives he touched and inspired through his infectious enthusiasm. Through his wife, Chris also had an extended family and network of friends in Norway who knew and loved him via annual visits over the past 20 years. Growing up in Southern California, Chris enjoyed skateboarding, BMX biking, surfing, camping and quickly developed an interest in computers and technology after getting his Apple II at the age of 9. After graduating from Taft High School in 1987, Chris started his career as an IT professional, which spanned a wide range of industries from wine making, restaurant development, furniture manufacturing, home loans, import/export and aerospace. For the past 8 1/2 years, Chris worked at Honeywell in Tempe, Arizona; his last role was leading the Aerospace Infrastructure Architecture/HPC CoE team. Chris was a tremendously bright soul who leaves behind an incomprehensible void among his loved ones. Memorial service will be held at the Cornerstone Church (student building), 1595 S Alma School Road, Chandler, on Wednesday September 18. Viewing will be at 10 am, and the service at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations to his daughters' educational fund can be made to BBVA/Compass Bank, Acct# 6716517452. Routing# 122105744. "For credit card/international donations, a PayPal account has been set up linked to the daughters' educational fund under Sunnev Chang, To make a donation via PayPal, go to, click on "Transfer, Send someone money" and use the e-mail address to locate the correct account.
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