Obituaries: Waller, Christopher; Carrier, Glenn "Chub"; Sparks, Don
Waller, ChristopherChristopher S. Waller, 50, of Arroyo Grande died Jan. 8 at an Arroyo Grande hospital.Christopher was born Dec. 27, 1953, in Santa Maria, and lived in Arroyo Grande for many years. He was in the flower industry. During the early 1980s Christopher worked for the Truckee Donner Parks and Recreation District in Truckee.Christopher was a wonderful husband and father. He was an avid tennis player, surfer, gardener and softball player and a reluctant horse lover. Time with family and friends was important. Christopher is survived by his wife of 14 years, Stephanie L. Waller; daughter Taylor, 11, and son Austin, 5; mother June Waller of Arroyo Grande; sister Caroline Waller of Atascadero; brothers Richard Waller and wife Laurie of Truckee, and John Waller of Arroyo Grande; nieces Cammie and Rachel Waller of Truckee; nephew Christopher Waller of Sacramento, and innumerable friends across the United States.His father, Lionel John Waller, preceded him in death in May 1982. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a trust for his children which has been established at Mid-State Bank.Carrier, Glenn “Chub”Glenn “Chub” Carrier passed away Feb. 1 of a heart attack in Charlotte, N.C., while touring with Dark Star Orchestra. He was born Oct. 20, 1951. He is survived by his loving wife Judy Carrier, loving daughters Jannis and Renee, his loving mother Rose, sister Lissa and husband Jack, and nephew Justin. He was a traveling guy from the very start, born in Trieste, Italy. Then he went onto Japan with the family and then to Mill Valley.He then moved to the Tahoe City area and lived there for years, and he met his wife in 1978. He began to tour with the Grateful Dead in 1983 and married Judy in 1986. His family held down the homestead as he toured for 12 years with the Grateful Dead and then for six years with The Dave Matthews Band. He then took a few years off the road and worked with friends until he needed to get back to his passion. He has been touring with Dark Star Orchestra for the last two years. Services will be held on Feb. 22 from 1 to 4:20 p.m., in the Mill Valley Community Center at 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, Calif. In lieu of flowers, send donations to either “Glenn’s Wife & Daughters Acct.,” set up at the Tahoe City Bank of the West, C/O Kathleen King, Box 5193, Tahoe City, or the Carrier Girls College Fund, C/O Dark Star Orchestra.Sparks, DonDon Sparks, a North Shore resident active in many community organizations, died Dec. 22, 2003, of complications of illness. He was 48.The Tahoe-Truckee area will greatly miss this man, who poured his heart into its people and projects.Born in Lancaster, Calif., on Oct. 23, 1957, Sparks graduated from Lehigh Valley College and later owned and managed his own businesses, as well as consulting and managing businesses for others.He lived and traveled overseas and throughout the United States. An accomplished writer, he enjoyed people, cooking, the outdoors and thoroughbred horses.Sparks was active in the North Shore community in many ways. He was president of the North Tahoe Business Association for four years, served on the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association board in 2001, as well as many committees and the chamber of commerce. He also worked on the Kings Beach Improvement Project and with youth groups, such as the Boy Scouts of America, Young Life Ministries, and the Calvary Chapel of Truckee.Sparks is survived by his mother, Donna Sparks, and sister, Sheri Harley of Canton, Ga., as well as his puppy, Ms. Pearl, and many friends and business associates.
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