Thank you to those who have reached out about Chris' Memorial. Here is some more information if you are able to attend.
Again the service and lunch will be in Beaver Creek at the Beaver Creek Chapel and The Pines Lodge beginning at noon on Saturday June 26. Beaver Creek is a resort located 2 hours west of Denver. It is 15 minutes west of Vail ski resort and 5 minutes south from the small town of Avon.
- Denver International Airport- 2hrs east
- Eagle/Vail Regional Airport- 30 minutes west (American/Delta/United provide service from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Denver)
- Grand Junction Airport- 2hrs west
- The Pines Lodge Beaver Creek-this is where the lunch will be. There are a couple rooms and 3 bedroom condos blocked at a discount-please email Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970.331.9876 to reserve. $200-444/night
- The Comfort Inn Avon 970.949.5511- this is about 5 minutes north of Beaver Creek and near Walgreens and a retail area and park. $170ish/night
- *There is a van service from Denver International Airport-Epic Mountain Express $89 which provides door to door service. If you fly into Eagle/Vail we will be able to provide a ride.
Thank you again. We will also have a casual BBQ at my home in Edwards (15 minutes west of Beaver Creek) on Friday evening. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns or if we can help with any other logistics. We so appreciate your efforts to be here to remember and honor Chris.
On April 21, 2020, Christopher Matthew Rush, beloved son, brother and uncle, left this world. While our hearts are broken to have lost him too soon and in such a tragic manner, there is comfort that his suffering has ended.
Chris was born in Valencia, California on May 22, 1979 and moved to Vail, Colorado with his family in 1980. He attended Red Sandstone Elementary, Minturn Middle, and Battle Mountain High Schools before relocating to Port Aransas, Texas to finish high school.
Chris was a natural athlete and a cheerful youngster. There are many fond memories of him playing little league baseball at Maloit Park, skiing Vail and Beaver Creek mountains, golfing and swimming at Eagle-Vail, and shooting at the range in Minturn. As the youngest in the family, Chris brought much laughter with his silliness and endless impersonations. Chris found his calling as a Combat Controller and although he was very private about his service, he did share that he had found his niche and loved the guys with whom he trained and worked.
Struggles with alcoholism, the invisible wounds from his deployments, and the loss of those killed in action tormented Chris in recent years. During this time, he found temporary relief through in-patient treatment, equine therapy, painting, outdoor photography, home improvement projects, strength training, fishing, support from others in recovery from alcoholism, and visits with family. In so many ways Chris was trying to find a way out of the darkness. Chris had tried to find a sense of normal in Florida after his retirement but a doomed relationship and ultimately the isolation created by COVID left him so alone. He felt like he had failed and he didn't know how to make things right. And yet there were moments of hope. Chris spoke about plans to move back to Colorado the month before his death and the desire to pursue alternative treatment for the demons that haunted him. His parents were on their way to be there for him the day he left us.
Chris will forever be remembered for his displays of kindness, humility, generosity, humor, and affection, as well as his honorable service to this great nation. Ultimately, Chris became isolated from the love and support others tried to share and ended the pain and anguish he alone could not heal. He has put it down for no others to pick up.
Chris is survived by his parents, Jack and Deb Rush of Scottsdale, Arizona; brothers James Rush (Lily) of Eagle Vail, CO, David Rush of Peoria, Arizona; sister Amy Reynolds (Dan) of Edwards, CO; nephews and niece Conor and Emily Rush, Hayden Rush, and Henry and Luke Reynolds; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and a brotherhood within the Special Tactics community.
A gathering to honor Chris’ life is planned for Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 12pm at the Beaver Creek Chapel in Beaver Creek, CO. A luncheon will follow at 1:30pm at The Pines Lodge, also in Beaver Creek. Please email Amy Reynolds at email@example.com if you are interested in attending.
A fundraiser to honor Chris was held on his birthday in May. Over $20,0000 was raised for the Vail Veterans Program. It is our hope that some of those funds can be used to sponsor a Special Operator like Chris for a therapeutic outdoor program here in his hometown. A donation to the Combat Control Association in Chris' honor and the sponsorship of a service dog from Labs for Liberty are other ways we have tried to honor Chris' memory and service. His loss has left such heartache but we know we can bring good out of our grief. We want to thank the CCT community for their help and support this last year, and for every effort that was made to help Chris find another way. We love you all and are here for you. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to this country.
With love and gratitude,
The Rush/Reynolds Family