Christopher Robert Shepard

Christopher Robert Shepard

February 02, 1967 - April 29, 2020
San Diego California

Christopher Robert Shepard

February 02, 1967 - April 29, 2020
San Diego California


Christopher Robert Shepard was born on Groundhog Day, February 2, 1967 at Doctors Hospital, Seattle, Washington. He later moved to Southern California and his youth was spent in Westlake Village and Tustin areas. Upon graduating from Foothill High School, Chris enrolled and thrived at University of San Diego where he played Rugby and developed lifelong friends. He graduated in 1989 from USD with a business administration degree which enabled Chris to hone his business skills in project and time management.  The last eight years were spent at Jones Payne Group/San Diego where he was involved in Field Construction Management providing construction services for the San Diego Airport Quieter Home Program. Chris loved the outdoors and was a true free spirit. He was an avid fly and saltwater fisherman. He could hold his own with many great fishing stories. He knew all the waters from Alaska, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Chile and all around the western United States.

The strongest passion for Chris was Kawasaki Motocross. His bike, his friends and his adventures were a true love.

Wherever Chris went he made and touched friends who loved him for life.  He also touched the hearts of the doctors who worked with him and they stated his strength and spirit were inspiring. Chris’ faith in Jesus Christ gave him the ability to embrace hope through the many challenges he faced. Chris was welcomed into eternal life on April 29, 2020.

Chris is survived by his parents Kitty and Bob Shepard of Palm Desert, CA; his brother Michael Shepard, his wife Colleen and four nieces Molly, Katie, Erin and Delaney of Ladera Ranch; aunts, uncles and cousins.

The funeral Mass will be held May 13th at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ladera Ranch with interment at Ascension Cemetery, Lake Forest.

To view the live-streamed Funeral Mass for Chris at 10:00 AM, May 13th, please click on this link:
It will be active 30 minutes before the service begins.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Chris’ name to the John Wayne Cancer Institute, Attn: Dr. O’Day/Foshag, 2121 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404.


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73 responses to Christopher Robert Shepard

  1. Chris Brull says:

    My prayers go out to the entire Shepard family. May each of you hold your memories dear and your hearts heal a bit to smile when thinking of all the great experiences you had with Chris. I sincerely pray for the Good Lord to comfort and console each of you.

  2. Sharon and I watched the Service from Holy Trinity this morning and said a prayer for Chris .What a brave young guy ,I’m glad I met him even for a brief time. I can still picture him in the gym working the machines after his Chemo treatment. I’m sure he has found a Rugby team in Heaven by now.

    The service was heart warming and so well done ,thanks for making us aware.
    We look forward to seeing you back in the Desert.
    Love , Sharon and Ed

  3. Greg Herrman says:

    Dear Bob and Kitty-
    I played Rugby with Chris at USD. We reconnected a few years ago when he invited me to come on the USD fishing trip. Please know that Chris was one of the greatest friends a person could have. I will truly miss him. God bless his soul in Heaven.
    Sincerely, Greg Herrman 08′

  4. K ROWE says:

    I have so many memories growing up with Chris. Motorcycle races, desert trips, river trips, mountain trips. Jetskiing. Fire pit at the Shepard’s. A huge part of my early life, sorry we lost touch. I will always remember you and your influences on who I am my friend. All of my love to the Shepard family.

  5. Linda Peach says:

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your son Chris. May God bless you, Kitty and your family during this difficult time and forever cherish the memories you had with Chris.


    Linda Peach

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