Christopher DeMille, of Eagle, 1958-2010 |

Christopher DeMille, of Eagle, 1958-2010

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Special to the DailyChristopher DeMille

Chris passed away May 7 at home in Eagle with family after a valiant battle with liver cancer. He lived and worked in the Eagle Valley for the past 15 years.

Christopher Blakeney DeMille was born in Leadville on July 31, 1958, to Dolores and Blake DeMille.

Like his father before him, Chris was on skis and skates before he walked. He was on the high school ski team and did exceptionally well in giant slalom competitions. He graduated from Lake County High School in 1976. In 1977, he married Suzanne Wellman and the following year their son, Dustin, was born.

Chris began working in the family business when he was old enough to take out the trash and do odd jobs. He later became manager of Kristi Lanes in Leadville and opened Harvest Lanes in La Junta. Chris later made Denver his home and for many years worked in the hospitality industry and construction.

From a young age, Chris spent his free time in the woods and mountains surrounding Leadville. As an avid rock hunter, collector, high lakes fisherman and outdoorsman, he fully developed his love, understanding and passion for nature. He was able to express that passion through various artistic mediums. His paintings were displayed at the Tabor Gallery while still in high school.

Chris attended Denver University, Loretta Heights and Colorado Institute of Art. His works were featured in Taos, N.M.; Denver; and recently, Eagle. When asked to describe his work, he said, “My work is my passion. I do it not only to express my spirit, but also to empower my spirit.”

He will be dearly missed by many old and new friends, as well as family members: partner Charlie Gillis; son Dustin (Kelly) and daughters Jade and Heather; sister Deb DeMille and her sons, Cory Ballentine (Alison) and Zach Ballentine, and daughter Zoey; sister Cindy (Jim) Wiese and daughter Cheryl (Alex), and sons Nathaniel Wiese and Ryan Wiese Medina; adoptive sister Cindy Semken and daughters Donna and Chris.

Chris was preceded in death by his parents, Dee and Blake DeMille, ex-wife Suzanne Wellman and nephew Josh Wiese.

A special thank you to everyone from hospice, who helped us begin and end this journey.

Please join family and friends of Chris DeMille for a casual gathering to celebrate his life on Saturday from noon-3 p.m. at 344 Washington (corner of Fourth and Washington) in Eagle.

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