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Obituary: CRIST, BRYAN


Bryan Francis CristApril 4, 1957 - August 15, 2013Bryan Francis Crist, our beloved son, brother, husband, father, uncle and friend passed away August 15, 2013. Oh, how we loved him! He was born on April 4, 1957 to Francis Harold Crist and Janet Elaine Shindledecker Crist. He was adored by his two older sisters, Sharon and Jenny. He grew up in Grantsville, Utah where the country life completely suited his personality. He loved every single thing this quaint small town had to offer. Following graduation from high school, he attended Utah State University where he played a little football and played a LOT with his Sigma Nu fraternity brothers. We often delighted in his wild tales of his days as an Aggie. After truly running out of gas on his first date with Jana Gillies, she decided he definitely needed some help and they were married on July 10, 1993. Jana was his little redhead from Panguitch, Utah. She was the perfect match for the country boy. Their lives became complete when their daughter, Courtney, was born.As a child Bryan was always up to something. He could never be left alone for too long of a period of time in fear of what he was getting into. He was forever taking things apart to see how they worked and continued to do this until the day he died. Bryan loved being outdoors and particularly loved being in the mountains. He hunted, skied, snowmobiled, hiked, fished, camped, boated, Jeeped and bicycled. He was amazing at home repairs; teaching himself to do beautiful cabinetry work and tiling. He treasured every moment he spent with Jana and Courtney. They were the light of his life. His work with El Dorado Engineering provided an opportunity for him to see the world. While he didn't enjoy spending time away from his family, he did enjoy visiting other countries and learning about them. He was proud of the work he and his colleagues were doing. Bryan's is an unfinished life, ending much too soon. He had so many things he was looking forward to doing. His bucket list was long and vast and filled with adventure. It would have been that way no matter how long he had stayed with us. He loved life and brought joy to every minute we spent with him.Bryan is survived by his wife, Jana and daughter, Courtney; as well as his two sisters: Sharon (Barry) Lee and Jenny (Greg) Young and many loving nephews and nieces and grandnephews and grandnieces. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, DeAnn Gillies, and his "Panguitch family" and a host of friends who took him in and loved him as their own. He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Scrib Gillies.Visitations will be held at Cannon Mortuary, 2460 E. Bengal Blvd. (7600 S.) Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 6:00 pm 8:00 pm and Wednesday, August 21, 2013 from 9:00 am 10:00 am. Services will be Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 11:00 am at Wheeler Farm, Barn, 6351 South 900 East. Interment Elysian Gardens. 1:00 pm.Online condolences www.cannonmortuary.com.