December 31, 2013
Christopher Matthew Linden, 45, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 14, 2013.
Chris was born Aug. 14, 1968, in Vallejo, Calif., to Gail Elizabeth Linden of San Diego, Calif. Chris spent his early childhood enjoying the beautiful beaches of San Diego, and moved with his family to Issaquah when he was 9 years old.
Here, Chris graduated from Issaquah High School and, after several career starts, settled into employment at Lowe’s Hardware Store. When Chris’ parents moved to the Flathead Valley in Montana, Chris followed, transferring to the Lowe’s in Kalispell.
Chris had a smile that would light up the darkest day! He was born with cerebral palsy, but never considered himself different from others, or short-changed in life. He loved music from an early age and could name any song or artist with just a few bars hummed, and he loved old movies, Disney movies … any movie! Chris also loved sports, and was overjoyed that his beloved Seattle Seahawks were having a winning season this year.
He was a most gentle, kind man, humble and always putting others’ needs before his own, soft-spoken and kind-hearted, with an unconditional love for others. Chris was simple in his desires and needs in life, with a heart filled with gratitude for the blessings he had been given in life.
He loved the Lord with a childlike trust and faith, and also loved his family, his church family and his “Lowe’s” family. Chris will be so very missed in this life, but would want his family and friends rejoicing that he is in his new eternal and glorious home in Heaven!
Chris is survived by his mother Gail Walashek; sisters Michelle Walashek and Laura Page; brother Keith Walashek; as well as many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. God’s timing was perfect in taking Chris home to be with his Heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and his earthly father Mike, who preceded Chris in death nine months earlier.
Services were held Dec. 27 at the “Lab,” Fresh Life Church, 128 First Ave. E. in Kalispell, Mont.
Acknowledgement cards may be sent to Chris’s family at P.O. Box 111, Lakeside, MT 59922.