Christopher James Gerdin
Chris Gerdin, gifted athlete, musician and aspiring entrepreneur, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 36 on Monday June 5th, in Phoenix. He was a loving brother, son, cousin, nephew and uncle. His outgoing personality, contagious smile and kind selflessness touched many lives. As a graduate of Truckee High School, he is remembered for quarterbacking the Wolverines to their 1998 undefeated season as Nevada State Football Champions, under Coach Bob Shaffer, whom he admired so much. A multifaceted athlete, he was also a Nevada State Champion Golfer. After completing his Business degree at the University of Nevada Reno, he decided to stake his future in the world of golf where he earned membership in the PGA (Professional Golf Association of America). Chris loved to teach and was fortunate to share his talent and passion as a PGA golf instructor at resorts in Reno, Kauai and finally Phoenix.
A talented drummer, Chris was a member of the band DOG… “Delusions of Grandeur” who regularly played gigs in Reno. He loved talking music with Matt his identical twin brother and his father. Additionally, he played acoustic guitar and held a broad understanding of music.
Chris was a great conversationalist, whether talking with someone on the street or notable personalities. He cherished his friendships and family in Truckee and Reno and missed them terribly when professional opportunities led him away to Hawaii and Arizona. He loved to discuss philosophy and was most notably interested in the writings of the 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. He was full of entrepreneurial ideas and dreams which both buoyed his spirits, as well as challenged his emotional resilience. Chris’s talents and dreams exposed him to unforgettable experiences.
Chris is survived by his identical twin brother Matthew Gerdin of Reno; Parents Peggy and Rich Boelk of Truckee and Peter and Debbie Gerdin of Truckee; Stepbrother Seth Scribner of Paso Robles; Stepsisters Betsy Budge of Weatherford, TX; Michelle Kim of Truckee; Taryn Lee of Alameda; Megan Scott of June Lake; Grandmothers Marty Mead of Twin Falls, ID; Frieda Gerdin of Carbondale, CO; Pat Wurst of Auburn; and numerous loving Aunts, Uncles and Cousins from across the country and around the world.
Chris was loved and treasured by all who knew him. A private family gathering is being planned. The family asks that you find a special place and time to embrace your personal memories of Chris, and would like to thank the entire community for the outpouring of love and support.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Chris’s name to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, or the Truckee High School Boosters.