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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74 responses to Christopher Robert Shepard

  1. Our deepest sympathies to the Shepard Family
    Bill & Carla Jenkins

  2. Jane Stewart says:

    Dear Bob,Kitty, Michael and family,
    This sad time inspires both tears and many memories of days we truly thought would never end.
    I’ve been thinking of words that describe Chris as I knew him… . Respectful,
    Kind, Sportsman, Smiling, Good Friend, and of course, looking every bit the Irishman!
    I am so, so sorry for your pain and loss. I came across a saying that was
    found on a tombstone in Ireland.
    “Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal, love leaves a memory that
    No one can steal.”
    Our love and sympathy are with you my friends.
    Bless you. Please be in touch.
    Jane,Heather, and Todd

  3. Warner says:

    We are sorry to hear the news of his passing. John always enjoyed seeing Chris on the various fishing trips and we both admired how hard he fought his sickness with such a positive spirit.
    John & Margie Warner

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  5. Vince Mast says:

    Vince Mast RIP!

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