Christopher Patrick Mann, 46, was born in Roswell, NM, on October 12, 1971, and passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, after a valiant battle with ALS. Chris was born to Barbara Little and Owen Patrick Mann. He graduated from Goddard High School in 1990, where he was a part of the first State Championship football team since 1967.
Chris was hired at the Roswell Fire Department in 1995, where he quickly moved up through ranks and retired as a Battalion Chief. He was of service for twenty years where he received several awards such as Rookie of the Year, Paramedic of the Year, and the most prestigious of all, the Lifesaving Award. In addition to his career at the Fire Department, Chris was also a leader of New Mexico Task Force 1. He also competed in the nationally ranked Combat Challenge Team. In 1997, Chris married Lori Waller and preceded to have three daughters—Averi, Hallie, and Remi Mann.
Surviving to cherish Chris’s memory are his wife; daughters; brother, Eric Mann and wife Ashley; sisters: Patti Stacy and husband Darrell, Susan Curry and husband Matt; as well as nephews and nieces: Taylor, Kennedy, Addison, and Zoie Mann, Tomara Whitcamp, Tyler Stacy, Maria and Leah Curry, and Hayley Allen.
A passionate husband and father, Chris coached all his daughters’ soccer teams and attended all sporting and school events. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping, working out, and drinking with his best friends, Allen and Ryan. Chris inspired many people around him, especially his daughters. He was a proud and strong man who strived for the best in every aspect of his life. Chris was strong in his beliefs and spoke proudly to everyone. He wanted to be remembered as the man he was before ALS took over because that was not who he was, and that man will live on through his wife and his daughters. Chris lived his life through the words of the poem by the Indian Chief named Tecumseh: “…when it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”
Services will be on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at 10:00 AM, located at Grace Community Church, followed by a reception at the Roswell Fire Department Station 1 (200 S Richardson).
Celebrate Chris’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
Chris’s tribute was beautifully written in his honor by his family.