Chris DeArmond, longtime resident of Foresthill, went home to be with Jesus on September 1, 2021 at the age of 47. He was born at Auburn Faith Hospital in 1973. At age 7, Chris’s family moved from Auburn to Foresthill when his dad was transferred to PCWA Power Systems in the fall of 1981. He attended Foresthill Elementary School and participated in Boy Scouts, Little League, and the Royal Rangers Program at Canyon View Assembly of God. After graduation from elementary school, he went to Placer High School where he became interested in drafting and architecture. He then attended Sierra College, specializing in engineering support and earned certificates in architectural and mechanical drafting.
Chris was a quiet, thoughtful, gifted person with diverse interests. He loved all things technical, mechanical, and anything to do with computers and gaming. When he was a pre-schooler he took apart a transistor radio on his own and reassembled it. He inherited those tinkering genes from his dad. One of his last projects was building a 3-D printer from a kit and entertaining his niece Miranda with the “techno” trinkets he made for her. As a young adult, he started doing Bonsai, the Japanese art of miniature trees, which requires years of work before seeing the fruit of one’s labor. Chris had been known to grow Japanese maples from seed pods he collected from other trees he particularly admired. He was a very creative and patient gardener. Like many Foresthill residents, he liked to pan or sluice gold, even finding some fine gold on our property in Todd Valley. Other interests were astronomy and photography, especially sunsets and local mountain scenery. He was an audiophile and had installed sound systems in several of his friends’ vehicles. Chris was a great cook. The “killer” homemade beef jerky he made at Christmas for family and friends was a true labor of love.
Chris was preceded in death by his beloved Dad, Alan DeArmond of Foresthill and survived by his Mom, Letha DeArmond of Foresthill. He is also survived by his brother David Woodhouse of Rocklin, his brother, Matt DeArmond of Rough and Ready, and his sister, Marcy Gentry and her husband, Steve of Reno, Nevada. Chris had five nieces: Caitlin and Sara O’Malley, Chase and Kendall Woodhouse, and Miranda DeArmond.
Chris loved his family deeply and was loved deeply in return. His Celebration of Life will be held on October 23 at 1:00, at Canyon View Assembly of God in Foresthill.