Obituary: Christopher Scott Rudolph
Christopher Scott Rudolph, aged 30, died unexpectedly on Sunday, February 19th, 2012, while skiing at Stevens Pass Ski Area in the state of Washington. He was among a small group of expert backcountry skiers, when he and two other friends, Jim Jack and Johnny Brenan of Leavenworth WA, were tragically caught in an avalanche. Chris knew the mountain well, both as the Director of Marketing of Stevens Pass and a skiing enthusiast.
Chris was an amazingly likable person, who could readily put people at ease. He had an endearing sparkle in his eye, a ready smile and an enthusiasm for life that touched everyone who came in contact with him. His passion for outdoor activities was cultivated early on by many beloved family trips that included backpacking, skiing, camping, hiking, and rafting. His earliest years were spent in Oakland, CA., before moving to Lafayette in 1991. Chris attended Lafayette Elementary, Stanley Middle School and graduated from Campolindo High School in 1999.
He was active in Boy Scouts (Troop 204), earning the distinction of Eagle Scout and Senior Patrol Leader. He attended the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA where he graduated with a degree in Business and Marketing. Chris most recently held the position of Director of Marketing at Stevens Pass Ski Area and has resided in nearby Leavenworth, WA since 2004. Nationally respected, he distinguished himself as a creative marketing manager and leader within the ski resort industry.
Chris leaves behind a close-knit family and many friends. He is survived by his loving parents, Ross (Bill) and Wendy Rudolph, who now reside in Tahoe City, CA; his sisters Allison Rudolph and Clare Franz and brother-in-law, Carl Franz; as well as his long-time sweetheart, Anne Hessburg. Extended family include his grandparents Virginia and Warren Simms; Marian Nelson and her husband, Clyde Nelson; aunts and uncles Mark and Julie Rudolph, Becky and Kevin Johnston, Sally and Dennis Callahan, Susie and Peter Deutsch, Doug and Linda Simms; and many cousins. Chrisand#8217; exuberant presence will be sorely missed by the entire ski community at Stevens Pass Ski Area as well. Chris was a very special individual, with a genuinely kind heart, unique sense of humor, and a fierce loyalty to his family and friends. We will miss him and carry him with us each and every day.
A memorial service, celebrating Chrisand#8217; life, will be held at 2:00 pm at Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 25. The church is located at 10 Moraga Valley Lane, Moraga, CA 94556.
Donations in his honor may be made at Outdoors for All Foundation, based in Seattle. To donate, visut http://www.outdoorsforall.org/Donations.html, or call 206-838-6030.