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Christopher Stewart


April 21, 2016

Christopher David Stewart died Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at his home.

Christopher was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., on April 1, 1957, to David Hugh and Diane Silva Stewart. Moving to Pocatello, Idaho in 1967 and to State College, Pa. in 1971, Chris completed high school at State College High. The family moved to Bryan, Texas, in 1975, and Chris earned a baccalaureate degree in 1980 in Engineering having proudly served in the Texas A & M Corps of Cadets for five years.   

He married after graduation, worked in road construction management in Texas for two years, and then moved to Casper in 1982 to take up work with a home construction business, Pulte Homes. Between then and late 1988 the seeds of his company, Climate Engineering Corporation, were sown. In December 1988, his daughter Cody Dyan was born, and late the next year the family relocated to Thermopolis where he settled on the 127-acre parcel adjacent the Big Horn River where he built his home and lived the rest of his life.

Chris was a life-long outdoorsman who thoroughly enjoyed and excelled at hunting, fishing, shooting and camping in Wyoming. He conveyed his passion for the outdoors to his daughter and encouraged her in school, music and 4-H. Business and his love for the outdoors took him to every corner of the state many times in the past 34 years. Chris became a highly respected and reputable radiant heating engineer who won contracts throughout Wyoming and southeastern Montana representing Roberts Gordon LLC in Buffalo, N. Y.  

He enjoyed raising and training Labrador retrievers for field trials for some years and always enjoyed hunting birds and ducks over his dogs. He was quite proud of creating a substantial reservoir on his land that became home to myriad fish and waterfowl with the help of Ducks Unlimited and the Wyoming Department of Fish and Wildlife. Chris was an avid participant with Ducks Unlimited for years and actively supported NRA and Pheasants Forever. Chris was dedicated to his daughter, his grandson Logan, who turns five in May, his home, community and the state of Wyoming. All knew him as a fiercely conservative individual with little patience for big government and business-stifling regulations. Chris cherished and honored individual freedom.  

Chris is survived by his mother, Diane; brother, Marc; daughter, Cody; and grandson, Logan.

A memorial celebration of Chris's life was held April 16 at his home on Black Mountain Road.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made to Hot Springs County 4-H Activities, 328 Arapahoe Street, Thermopolis, WY  82443. Mortimore Funeral Home assisted the family.


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