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Chris died December 13, 2005. A native from Twin Falls, Idaho, he had a love for the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, and hunter. He was a star at whatever he did. A college football player, comedian, weightlifter, and smokejumper. Chris began his firefighting career in Idaho, followed shortly by a number of years on the Smokey Bear Hotshots, in New Mexico. Chris soon became a smokejumper, a job he had much pride for. In 2003 he became a rookie trainer, a job fit for Chris. He was an amazing person with a huge appetite for life and deep fat fried foods. Chris always had an impression or a joke for us, his sense of humor is unmatched. He showed pride in every action he took. The Redding locker room will be a lonely place this spring. Chris was a fine man, with a great heart. Good Luck God, you've got your hands full.



Publication Date

January 2006


Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries


Forest Management

Smokejumper Obituary: Gunter, Chris (Redding 2001)