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Chris Facio


Chris Facio

Chris J. Facio, was born on August 7, 1946 and passed away on Monday March 30, 2015 in Goldendale, WA.  Chris was born at home in Harrah, WA to Crescencio and Margarita Facio.  Chris was married to Vida (Fabela) Facio and they had one daughter, Anna Facio of Olympia, WA. 

Chris was from a large family; he had 11 brothers and four sisters and he spent his early years with his parents and siblings in Wapato, WA.  Chris had a very strong work ethic and he and his siblings worked on many farms in the Yakima Valley and throughout the state.  He graduated from Wapato High School in 1966.  Chris married Vida Fabela in October of 1967.  He then entered the United States Army and served in Vietnam until 1969.  He served in the 25th Infantry Division and his commendations included the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Marksman (M14, M16), Expert (M60), and the Good Conduct Medal.

Chris, Vida and Anna made their home in Goldendale.  Chris and Vida lived in Goldendale for over 40 years and they both have close and strong ties to the community.  Chris worked at the Reynolds Aluminum plant near Goldendale on the Columbia River for 29 years.  He was very active in the Goldendale Community, where  he coached baseball and wrestling, and was an umpire for Little League and men's and women's softball. Chris was a member of the American Legion, he contributed to the Goldendale Booster Club, participated in Babe Ruth Baseball, and was a proud member of the Assembly of God Church in Goldendale. 

Chris was an avid and experienced fisherman, to say it was a hobby would be an understatement.  For years he fished the Columbia River, the Klickitat, and any other waters he thought he could find fish.  Over the years, Chris and Vida made several trips to Alaska, going on extended fishing expeditions. He was never more proud of her than when on their last trip she caught the record largest halibut for that season!  Chris is responsible for passing on his passion for fishing to several of his nephews, (Vida apologizes to their wives).  Chris loved fishing, he would watch fishing on television, he would read about fishing, enjoyed eating fish, and loved hearing any story related to fishing.  Chris was also an avid sports enthusiast, his favorite sport being baseball.  He was a strong supporter of the Seattle Mariners and the Seattle Seahawks, especially when they would win.

Chris also enjoyed movies, especially Westerns and shopping for fishing gear.  The only thing Chris enjoyed more than fishing and sports was spending time with his family and attending family and community events.  One of his greatest joys was seeing his nieces and nephews, especially the younger generation of children.  Chris enjoyed watching his nieces and nephews compete in athletics and especially loved watching them dance at family celebrations. 

Chris was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a sister.  Survivors include his wife Vida and daughter Anna.  He is also survived by his siblings, from Sacramento, CA brother Lupe Martinez, sister Theresa Facio Ortega, and brothers Ernie, Jim, and John Facio.  From Wapato, brothers Larry and Benny Facio, from Toppenish brother Joey Facio, and from Yakima sisters Patty Facio Gonzales, Mary Facio Munez, and brother Ken Facio.   

 Viewing services for Chris will be on Monday April 6, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Merritt Funeral Home Chapel in Wapato, WA.  Funeral services will be on Tuesday April 7, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Merritt Funeral Home Chapel in Wapato, WA.  Burial and concluding service will be in Reservation Community Memorial Park in Wapato.  Reception to follow at the Filipino Hall in Wapato. 


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