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Christopher Anthony Arredondo, an avid cyclist and longtime Truckee builder, died March 22, 2006 in his home filled with family and loved ones in downtown Truckee. He was 52. The cause was cancer of the esophagus and liver, discovered only two weeks prior, on March 9.

Born in San Jose on March 9, 1954, Chris Arredondo moved to Truckee in 1981. He was a builder and contractor for 28 years, completing dozens of local projects ranging from Olympic Valley Inn and 3rd Creek Town homes to spec homes and luxury private residences, creating and advocating for quality construction throughout his career.

He always promoted “being the best at what you are,” regardless of what it is. In recent years he made a career change to real estate, with dreams of constructing his own green development projects with his sweetheart and architect Cole Butler.

Chris actively participated with his community, serving as the Real Estate Board representative on the Truckee Green Building Committee, and was a founding member of the Sierra Green Building Association (SiGBA). In addition, he volunteered with Nordic Search and Rescue for many years.

Living life to the fullest, he pursued his love of outdoor activities, and was an active alpine and backcountry skier, kayaker, and cyclist, and competed in many mountain bike races. Several times he completed all five passes of the Death Ride and entered in The Great Race. Chris road his bike over many mountain stages of the Tour de France in 2001 along the course of one is his heroes, Lance Armstrong.

Always thinking of others, he was known to give help to friends and strangers alike, sometimes driving strangers home 30 minutes away. Chris had a leadership role in the Northern California Special Olympics and he and his daughter Heather volunteered for several years. Each year he donated blood as a tribute to his son Brian who passed away 10 days after birth. As reason for his good will and his attempts to live life without regrets, he would say, “I don’t want to die with a scowl on my face.”

He is survived by his daughter Heather Arredondo, of Reno; his parents Grace and Chris Arredondo of Auburn; his sister Nancy Colgan of Sacramento; his sister Leslie Pelling of Auburn; and his life partner Cole Butler of Truckee.

A celebration of life will be held April 1 for friends and family at a private residence he constructed at Sugar Bowl. Condolences may be posted and more information regarding donations for his medical fund may be found at

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