Jeffrey “Jeff” Allen Christy, of Fort Worth, Texas, was called to his Heavenly home on March 8th 2022 at the age of 56 years. He was born on July 23rd 1965 in Fontana, California to James Sterling Christy II and Mary Louise Pintaudi Christy; the youngest of three sons. Jeff grew up with a large, close family of brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. He enjoyed playing the trumpet in the Fontana High School band, where they regularly performed at Disneyland and enjoyed the Rose Parade. Jeff also played water polo in high school and was very good at doing the "egg beater" move, which he loved to show his daughters.
Jeff worked on cable boxes for fun as a high school student and could rewire them to get everything free. One person he did this for hired him to work at a Price Club warehouse (now known as Costco) near Fontana. Jeff's abilities were quickly becoming known at work. He created the warehouse's first embossed membership card which caught the attention of Vice President Giles Bateman during a visit to his warehouse. Giles said, “Jeff, you are needed at corporate” and away Jeff moved to San Diego to become their first PC programmer.
On Jeff's first day at work, he met his future mother-in-law, JoAnn, who was excited to introduce him to her daughter. Jeff and Colleen went out on work functions in groups, not alone at first. Colleen wasn’t ready to date a coworker, but Jeff was patient. He never gave up and asked again saying he would quit his job if Colleen said yes. Colleen was taken aback at this comment and realized she better give him a shot if he was willing to give up his dream job for her. They were engaged 6 weeks after their first date, married before their first year was up, and enjoyed 30 beautiful, adventurous years together.
Jeff and Colleen wanted to shake things up and decided that, before they had children, they’d take a risk and move outside their comfort zone. So, they toured Northern Virginia and fell in love, Jeff accepted an offer he couldn't refuse, and he began working in software development with people from all around the world. He enjoyed working with NASA and helping to build the Nikkei Stock Exchange. Jeff and Colleen had their first daughter, Chelsea, while living in Virginia. The family relocated to Irvine, California, allowing them to live and work near cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Soon after, they welcomed their second daughter, Caitlyn.
Jeff loved being with family again and time with loved ones nearby was regularly cherished. His hobbies were always electronic items, PCs, laptops, lighting in his home, wiring of cameras, alarm system and making up his own sprinkler system. Jeff created many businesses; one of which his wife still runs daily.
The company Jeff worked for in Irvine flourished and was eventually bought out so Jeff decided he had worked long hours and wanted to take a year off to enjoy his family. This turned into a five-year sabbatical which, looking back, was time well spent and will be forever cherished. The family enjoyed touring the US in their RV, visiting family, and living in several places including Southern CA, Northern VA, Spokane, WA, Boise, ID, Columbus, OH, Cocoa Beach, FL, Denver, CO and, finally, Fort Worth, TX. Jeff and Colleen homeschooled their girls and Jeff made sure that bible study was the most important subject. He was the family's spiritual leader and provider. He made sure his kids knew God as their savior and taught them his love for cooking and gathering with loved ones.
Jeff decided it was time to let the girls grow up in one place as they got older which meant getting a job and setting some roots. Jeff’s work included software consulting, marketing analytics, finance, and artificial intelligence within a few different companies that kept him working long hours. He took a dream job with Las Vegas based SlickDeals that offered him time off for Christmas in 2021, the family’s last with him, and regular work hours which gave Jeff precious time with loved ones.
Jeff left this earthly world surrounded by his wife and daughters. He somehow knew God was holding him and leading him home; his bible app was open on his phone and he had been reading God’s word moments before his heart attack.
Jeffrey Allen Christy was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Colleen; daughters, Chelsea and Caitlyn; adopted kids, Nick and Krista; brothers, John and Jim; aunt, Carol Walters; nieces, Jessica and Jamie; nephews, John and Justin; as well as many cherished extended family members, dear friends, and his loved church family at Hillside. Jeff's girls are carrying on his love for cooking, electronics, music, and, most importantly, his faith that Heaven is our forever home; not Earth.
Celebration of Life
2:00 PM, Friday, April 8th 2022
Hillside Community Church
9915 Ray White Rd, Keller, TX 76244
Reception to Follow
Officiating Pastor: Daniel Starnes