Christopher Michael De Young
August 27, 1973 - September 21, 2016
Christopher Michael De Young passed away on September 21, 2016. He was born in Duarte, California August 27, 1973 to Michael and Barbara (nee Maxwell) De Young. In 1976, the family relocated to Pocatello, Idaho where he attended Pocatello High School. To achieve his goal to swim at the university level he moved to Hyrum, Utah to train under Coach Toby at Mountain Crest High School senior year. Christ was recruited to swim for the University of Wyoming on scholarship and was a four-year letter winner. He holds a BA in Psychology, BS in Nursing, and a MS in Nursing from the University of Wyoming.
He met his future wife, Janine Jordan, at UW and, after a few years of friendship, his humble, beguiling charm and ceaseless smile convinced her to go on a first date of skiing in the Snowy Range. They were married the afternoon of October 30, 1999 and, later that evening, attended the Halloween costume party at the Buckhorn in downtown Laramie dressed as bride and groom to many cheers and toasts.
Chris became a father with the birth of his daughter, Jordan De Young, in 2000 and two years later a son, Maxwell De Young. He stood alongside his children every day teaching, comforting, encouraging, and guiding with endless pride for the young adults they had grown to be. Chris' children razzed him sometimes about being a nerd when he would play his vintage 1977 Star Wars board game with them or, when his daughter recently joined a gaming group, and he gifted her the D&D dice set he had from his high school days.
Chris loved people and wanted nothing more than to be of service, help where he could, and celebrate each day. His calling became his profession as he chose to be a Nurse Practitioner, specializing in critical and emergency room care at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. Chris loved his co-workers and talked often about his professional family including Laramie's first responders and medical colleagues throughout Southeast Wyoming and Northern Colorado.
He devoted endless hours to the Laramie Swim Club as Meet Director, Board of Directors, and helping out any way he could. Chris may be the only middle-aged parent-volunteer in the history of Laramie swimming who was daring enough to don a suit in the presence of teenagers, jump in the pool, and practice right alongside the kids – sometimes even beating them! He loved drag racing, fishing and camping, science fiction fantasy novels, classic cars, swimming, shooting, gaming, and t anything more than once.
Christopher was preceded in death by his father, Michael De Young of Pocatello, Idaho and a niece.
He is survived by his wife, Janine Jordan, and two children, Jordan and Maxwell De Young of Laramie; mother and step-father Barbara and Dennis Bergendorf of Indiana; brothers Jonathan, Benjamin, and Matthew De Young of Idaho; and numerous other family members including twenty-five nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28th at the Gryphon Theatre in Laramie.
The family has established the Chris De Young Memorial Scholarship Fund, for the benefit of the Laramie Swim Club. The scholarship fund will help ensure every child may learn to swim and has the opportunity to develop self-motivation, individual pride, and sportsmanship within the swimming community. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UniWyo Federal Credit Union, 1610 E. Reynolds Street, Laramie, WY 82072, or on-line at www.uniwyo.com.