January 25, 1958 - April 3, 2017
Born in El Centro, CA
Resided in Corral de Tierra, CA
Chris was born to Thomas and Geraldine Hitchcock in El Centro, CA. Chris was born with cerebral palsy, and battled several more health obstacles, many of which he overcame by sheer determination.
Chris graduated from Palma High School in 1977, as 1 of 4 valedictorian's, which was one of Chris's shining moments in life. All of his classmates knew of his struggles, and health issues. Upon the announcement of his scholastic accomplishments, his entire class gave him a standing ovation, the rest of the auditorium followed which seemed to last forever. Chris was in the spotlight, and had a grin from ear to ear, and there was not a dry eye in the auditorium.
Chris then pursued his studies at UC Davis, graduating with a BS degree in Zoology, and then a MS degree in Biological Sciences.
Anyone who crossed paths with Chris, they automatically became lifelong friends, he had a heart of gold, and never forgot anyone's birthday, anniversary, or special occasion.
Chris was preceded in death by his father Thomas in 2014.
Chris is survived by his loving mother, Gerry Hitchcock, brothers, Pat, and Pete, niece, Jesse Zobel and family, step nephew, Dominic Sampaolo and family, and step niece, Janelle Smith and Family, and numerous cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Friday April 7, 2017 at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA. 93901.
Funeral Mass will be held 11:00a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 at St Joseph's Church, 1 Railroad Ave. Spreckels, CA. 93962.
The family wishes to express a real special thanks to Dr. Deborah Biller for 30 years of healthcare above and beyond anyone's expectations, because of her efforts Chris's life was extended by many years.
A special thanks to Heartland Hospice, and all the Caring Hearts caregivers.
Donations can be made to St. Jude Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or donor's Favorite Charity.
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Salinas, CA US 93901
Spreckels, CA US 93962
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