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Christopher Schutza: 1971 — 2012 | Passages

January 2, 2013 · 12:55 PM

Christopher Schutza: 1971 — 2012 / Contributed photo

In the early morning hours of Dec. 10, when the tide was low, Chris slipped his moorings and sailed away... over the unknown shore greeted by friends and family who sailed away before.

Chris was born on Sept. 2, 1971 in Dallas, Texas, to Norman and Patricia Schutza. He grew up in Dallas, and attended school.

At the age of 21, he set sail on a new journey and landed in Friday Harbor, where he met his wife Holly Mason Schutza of 17 years, and raised a family.

Chris was a man of many talents. He worked in the grocery business for years, then moved on to construction; he was an artist, tattooist, musician, and writer, but what he cherished most was his quiet, private family life.

Chris was blessed with five beautiful, talented, unique children, and he was always so proud.

Chris was well known for his fun, crazy humor, gentle spirit, kind heart; he was a true gentleman. He will be greatly missed by all those that he touched.

Chris is survived by his wife, Holly Mason Schutza, of Friday Harbor; sons Jonathon Schutza of Seattle, Kristopher Mason of Friday Harbor, London Schutza of Friday Harbor, daughters Chloe and Phoebe Schutza of Friday Harbor, brother J.J. and Heather of Mount Vernon, mother Patricia Schutza and father Norman Schutza of Dallas, Texas.

His "Celebration of Life" will be held at Paideia School, on Jan. 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. with reception to follow.

— Family of Christopher Schutza


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