Christian David Klassen, 27, passed away on Sept. 4, 2009.
Born in Juneau on Nov. 1, 1981, Christian spent the majority of his young life making memories between Washington and Southeast Alaska. He will be remembered as an individual who never missed the moment to live life to the greatest extent, his family said.
Christian is survived by his father (Pop's), Chris Klassen; his stepmother, Yvonne Klassen; brothers, Kyle, Ryan and Logan of Silvana, Wash.; his son, Kyler, and Cara of Sitka; girlfriend, Catrina Caudle and daughter, Eliza; grandmother, Winnie of Detroit; grandmother, Jane of Austin, Texas; grandmother, Rose of Alamo, Texas; uncle Marty and aunt Debbie of Fenton; uncle Steve and aunt Tia Brown of Juneau; cousins, Dan and Olivia Klassen of Stanwood, Zach and Miles Brown of Marysville, Michelle Hosford of Anchorage; and other uncles, aunts, cousins and friends of great measure.
He was preceded by his mother, Lorrie Cannon, who died April 5, 2005; grandfathers Craig M. Klassen Sr. of Detroit and Dean Cannon of Skagway.
"Together we will miss and keep close the preeminent memories that so live on in our hearts," his family said. "Cancer may have been the cause to a perished beating heart, but his existence will remain pure and strong within us.
"He will be remembered as a young man with an immense amount of love to give, a bright ember in any crowd with the ability to cause a contagious smile in any group of people," his family said.
Among many talents, he was an accomplished snowboarder and took much pleasure spending free time among the snowy peaks, his family said. He hiked through any terrain with the energy to share.
Christian was spontaneous and intense with a sense of humor that was highly catching and necessary while working with his Dad and brothers in the family's concrete business, his family said. He claims to have being born with a trowel in his hand.
Christian's remembrance service and celebration of life will take place at 1 p.m. Oct. 10, 2009, in the Viking Hall at 1331 Old Pioneer Highway in Silvana. The building is next to the Silvana store, before the post office. The service welcomes a dish or platter contributions after the ceremony.