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Cris Thompson

October 29, 1960 ~ March 17, 2020 (age 59)


Alan “Cris” Crisler Thompson October 29, 1960 – March 17, 2020 “Cris” Thompson of Salida went to be with Jesus on March 17, 2020, in Salida, Colorado. He was born at Salida Hospital on October 29, 1960, to Roy and Charlene Thompson. He graduated from Salida High School in 1979 and married thelove of his life, Tami Ready Thompson, on April 18, 1987, in Salida, Colorado. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Tami Ready Thompson, children: Ryan Crisler (Salida), Rohn Michael (Oklahoma City), and Kathryn Jordan (Salida); mother: Charlene Thompson; brother: Tom (Rebeca) Thompson; sisters:Susie (Frank) Orzechowski, Frankie Urban, Paula Armenta, and Roni (David) Martin; in-laws: Roy and Donna Coupland, Sandra (Dan) Lowe, Judi Ready, Cindy (Rick) Birdsong, John (Becky) Ready, and Joan (Kenny) Day; and numerous cousins,nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Thompson, and brother, Rohn Thompson. Cris was an IBEW Local 68 Master Electrician, which allowed him to work on numerous jobs across the state including the DIA baggage system. He was employed at Freeport-McMoRan’s Climax Molybdenum Mine in Leadville since August 2011.He previously owned and operated AC Electric in Salida and was an electrician for Department of Corrections in BuenaVista and DRDC in Denver. Cris was a talented drummer since high school and enjoyed playing with numerous bands including local favorites The Lazy Aliens Blues Band. He was an active member of the Salida Vineyard and found great joy in being part of multiple worship teams throughout his life. Through his music he shared his faith playing in churches in Salida, Westminster, Grand Junction and abroad in Scotland. He was an avid Jeeper who enjoyed exploring the backcountry on dirt roads. The areas surrounding Moab, Utah and Ouray, Colorado being his personal favorites. He also enjoyed camping with his family, hunting, fishing, traveling and morning coffee on his veranda. He was well known for his warm smile, generous nature and legendary hugs. Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. Arrangements are with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home. On line condolences may be sent to the family at

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