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Chris Jenkins

December 7, 1950 — April 24, 2024

Chris Jenkins

Gary Christopher Jenkins, born in Ardmore, OK on December 7, 1950, passed away in Raton, New Mexico on April 24, 2024 at 73 years of age.

Chris (as he was known by family and friends) lived his life by a remarkable standard of integrity. Known for his unwavering commitment to doing what was right, his thoughtful decision-making, and his role as a trusted advisor to many, he left an indelible mark on all who knew him. Calm, cool, and collected, he commanded respect through his kindness, generosity, and thoughtfulness. Though often described as quiet, Chris possessed a keen ability to read a room and engage in meaningful conversations, forging personal connections with those he encountered. He had a genuine interest in people's families, allowing others the opportunity to share in the pride he felt for his own loved ones.

As a young man, Chris worked as a caddy at the Broadmoor Golf Course in Colorado Springs, where he earned the prestigious Evans Scholarship to attend the University of Colorado. It was during his college years that he discovered his passion for the great outdoors. He embarked on countless backpacking adventures with his friends; sometimes more prepared than others for the elements of Mother Nature! It was a "Learn as you go" mentality, yet in no time Chris had conquered every 14'er in Colorado and many others throughout the Western United States. Descending into the depths of the Grand Canyon was a feat that Chris enjoyed on multiple occasions with various hiking companions. He craved the solace and reflection of being in a place with such magnitude and significance. You'd never find Chris on a packed trail during peak season; no, his true state of peace was hiking on a stunning fall day with no distractions, no chatter, just he and the path before him. Chris loved sharing his outdoor adventure stories and memories around the fire pit in the backyard to the delight of his grandchildren and friends.

A voracious reader and lifelong learner, Chris could often be found at a local coffee shop, engrossed in a book and savoring an americano. His intellect was unparalleled, and he delighted in sharing his knowledge and engaging in meaningful discussions on a wide range of topics. His grandchildren affectionately referred to him as "Papee," recognizing him as a walking encyclopedia and a source of endless wisdom.

In addition to his passion for history and literature, Chris discovered a talent for woodworking later in life. What began as crafting cutting boards for his family evolved into creating exquisite pieces of furniture: beds, armoires, gentleman's chest, tables, and even a cradle crafted to welcome his grandchildren to this world. His furniture and craftsmanship symbolize his legendary influence on the people he loved: Strong. Precise. Beautiful. Unique.

Chris devoted himself to establishing a thriving business, JC Golf Accessories, in the Rocky Mountain Region alongside his brother, Greg Jenkins. Revered as a "legend" within the golf community, Chris' unwavering commitment to integrity and cultivating personal relationships made an indelible mark on all who knew him. Chris and Greg built an incredible business for over 45 years.

To say Chris was proud of the family he and Shirley created would be far too insignificant of a statement. His family was undeniably paramount to Chris. Shirley was the love of his life. They met in 1980 and instantly knew they had a soul connection. Married in March of 1982, and soon after they embarked on his greatest adventure yet, raising a family. They were a perfect team, the epitome of a Yin and Yang connection creating an environment of balance and stability. As their little family evolved and his role expanded to "Papee", his heart grew even bigger. The joy that his grandkids brought to his life is unparalleled. Every opportunity he had to talk with clients and friends he would gush over his grandchildren and their newest adventures and accomplishments. As a father and a Papee, Chris attended countless volleyball matches, Became an excellent horse-hauler and stall cleaner, and spent hours building exquisite LEGOs sets. Despite his avid avoidance of dancing, Chris was even willing to dress up for the Father-Daughter Sock-Hop when his girls were young. His unwavering support and love for his family was known and felt by all who knew him.

Chris is survived by his beloved wife, Shirley Jenkins; his daughters Katie and Danni; his grandchildren Addison, Cooper, Quincee, and Oaklee; sister Donna Heslop and her family: Chris Heslop, Ashley and Cory Hoseli; his niece Shara Elliott and her daughter Olivia Elliott; and his Sister-in-Law Ann Jenkins.

A Celebration of Life for Chris will be held on July 27, 2024, details will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Evans Scholarship Program.


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