Christopher John Yeager HOUSTON-Former Lubbock resident Christopher Chris John Yeager, 40, died on Sept. 10, 2012, in Houston. He is survived by his wife, Paula (Torres) Yeager, and daughter, Sofia, both of Houston; older brother, Joseph Yeager and wife Paula of Lubbock; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Lubbock, Dallas, and other areas of the country. Chris was predeceased by parents, Jimmy and Nancy Yeager of Lubbock.
A memorial service and celebration of Chris' life was held in Houston on Sept. 15, 2012. Chris was born in Lubbock on Dec. 30, 1971, graduated from Lubbock High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Texas Tech University. He later earned a master's degree from the University of Houston and worked for several years as a technical writer at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. During the last several years, Chris trained to be a helicopter pilot and attained increasingly rigorous certifications while working for Helicopter Services Incorporated in Houston. He was flying a photography mission for H.S.I when the helicopter crashed, and he was killed along with his passenger. Chris had a daredevil's spirit and a genuine zest for life, as evidenced by his love of activities such as skydiving, go-kart racing, bungee jumping, tornado chasing, and finally, his chosen career as a helicopter pilot. He was a devotee of wildly hot foods, and starred in competitions where they were consumed.
Chris believed deeply in helping others, and was a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Child Advocates of Houston. He also had a great love for animals, as well as a humble and generous heart. Chris pursued his cherished dream of becoming a pilot, and ultimately realized that dream. The last several years of his life were spent in the joyous experience of flying, and of achieving his goal of flight instructor. His last ten months were lived in the company of his loving wife and daughter, and were probably his happiest of his life. He will be grievously missed by his far-flung family, many colleagues and myriad friends.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on September 23, 2012
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