Christopher Burr Barnhurst

March 14, 1971 - February 5, 2015

Christopher Burr Barnhurst, age 43, of Bonham, Texas, passed away unexpectedly in an auto accident on February 5, 2015.  He was born on March 14, 1971 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Burr and Marie (Horrocks) Barnhurst.  Chris grew up in Sandy, Utah, enjoyed camping and fishing, earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and began a hobby solving problems with computers. On September 3, 1993, Christopher married Stephanie Johnson in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple, where he began his devotion to his wife and family. Chris finished his studies at Brigham Young University, then began a successful career that allowed him to work with gifted people around the world and enabled him to enjoy many places and cultures. He lived a life of compassion and generosity and blessed every soul he touched through his clever wit, sense of humor, and wisdom. Chris was an extremely intelligent, hard-working, loving man who always put others first.  He challenged people to grow, and found joy in mentoring loved ones to reach their potential. Chris lived a purposeful life of service and influenced many through his professional leadership and through his activity in the LDS church. He served honorably as a missionary in the Texas Fort Worth Mission, sharing his testimony of Christ and the message of eternal families with all who would listen.

He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Barnhurst of Bonham, Texas; children, Joseph Christopher Barnhurst, Meagan Marie Barnhurst, Emily Marguerite Barnhurst and Johnathan Lewis Barnhurst all of Bonham, Texas; parents, Burr and Marie Barnhurst; siblings, Sean Barnhurst, Aaron Barnhurst, Nathan Barnhurst, Aimee Reay and husband Robert, and Daniel Barnhurst.

Christopher is preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph S. and Luana Jackson Barnhurst, and Lewis Wayne and Betty Curtis Horrocks.

A funeral service will be held at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1324 W. Exchange Parkway, Allen, Texas.  The family will receive friends during a visitation prior to the service, between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. A second service and the interment will take place on Saturday, February 14, 2015 in Sandy, Utah.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been set up for the kids and family. It is under the name Christopher Barnhurst Memorial with America First Credit Union 1-800-999-3961.

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There are teachers, and then there are teachers. Chris was by far the best teacher I have ever had the privilege of learning from. He could be leaving the country the next day, but would show up, usually with one or more of the kids in tow, to provide service. I have also been on the receiving end of this. We that are left behind are going to be slowly patching the holes in our hearts. But I know Heavenly Father had a need for Chris. We're just certain we needed him more. We'll see him again, thankfully. Having that knowledge is such a comfort. Steph - you, your kids, and your wonderful family will remain in our thoughts and prayers for a long time to come. We love you -- and we loved Chris! Myrna & Philip St.George Myrna St.George, February 10, 2015 I don't know if I can put it to words but whenever I think of your sarcasm, your gift for humor, your intelligence and the way you had for articulating thoughts and ideas, I am just saddened that there wasn't more time to learn from you. But then I think of the old adage about "Don't be sad because I died, be happy that I lived." You are gone too soon but the time you spent here in this life made a big difference to so many people. I am a better person for knowing you as I'm sure lots of others are as well. May your family be at peace and until we see each other again. You will be in our thoughts in so many ways going forward. Kevin Brady, February 9, 2015 Our thoughts and payers are with your family. We love you and miss you. You're a wonderful man who's memories will live on forever in the hearts of all who knew you. Jason Egan, February 9, 2015 Chris, I am sure there is a reason why you were taken away from our lives so soon. Dona and I cannot grasp it but will have to accept it. Sad… I am thankful for the years I have known you, the wisdom in which you have enriched me personally, and the good guidance you have provided me with, through advice and an open heart. May you rest in peace, my friend! Dona and Manny Albalancy Denver, CO Manny Albalancy, February 9, 2015