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Christopher Alan Baron, 41, entered this world with a smile on his face on May 22, 1980 in Buffalo, New York and departed it on August 30, 2021 in Prescott, Arizona after sharing all the love he had to give.
Chris grew-up in Buffalo and attended City Honors School, West Seneca West Senior High School and Buffalo State College before deciding to pack up his car and head west to Arizona (coincidentally, his family purchased their first snowblower when he left home). Once in Arizona, he quickly made many friends and impressed with his seemingly limitless energy, strong work ethic and willingness to help others. He eventually found his professional calling working in the Property & Casualty Insurance industry, working for Progressive and later State Farm, where he able to apply his skills helping protect others and providing support through difficult situations. He continued his professional development gaining licenses in Life & Health and Securities giving him more opportunities to help others. In spite of having a “desk job”, you could also find Chris running out the door to help a customer with car troubles, helping coordinate a community event or staying late to re-paint a wall, replace lightbulbs or a variety of other tasks. When asked how such a little man had so much energy he often exclaimed “I am BIG!” while standing like Superman and flexing both his arms. To those who knew Chris, he was Superman and so much more.
He is survived by his cherished “little family” – husband, Garrett Bonillas, and their two Wheaten Terriers, Maggie and Finn. They had the good-fortune to meet one another at a “Friendsgiving” dinner hosted by friends, fell in love and eventually married on December 31, 2016. They spent many happy years together whether traveling the world, hiking, working on a project at home, visiting with friends or family or out on one of their many road trips with their two pups. Chris would often say he never thought he would get to experience the love he and his husband had together; he will be dearly missed but their love will live on.
He is also survived by his mother, Katherine Repine (husband, Wayne); father, Glenn Baron (wife, Bonnie); grandmother Dorothy Hall; brothers, Paul Baron (fiancé, Kristy), Justin Baron (wife, Keisha), Mark Baron, and Chet Baron; aunts, Carolyn Hillman (husband, Mark), Suzanne Peters (husband, Ron), Sandie Potfora, Claudia Payne (husband, Kirk), and Beverly Heinen; uncles, Carl Volkenner (wife, Laurie), Tom Volkenner, Mike Baron, and Thomas Alf (wife, Mimi); cousins, Wendy Hillman, Mindy Cutlip, Kristina Pattison (husband, Rob), Cody Peters, Courtney Gleeson (husband, Dillon), Max Smith, Skyler Smith, Carolyn Watson, Barbara Clabeaux, Craig, Jeffrey, William Jr., Karla, Sami, Bobby, and Mikey; nieces, Chelsea Baron and Natalie Bennett; and nephew, Cooper Baron.
He will also be missed by his in-laws who became his second family in the desert – Christine, Bradley and Samantha Johnson; Gabrielle, Raymond, Theresa and Reuben Bonillas; Garrett and Oliver Williams; Tonalee Burrus; and Blake and Conor Burrus-Freeman.
He is preceded in death by his beloved family members James “Jimmy” Alf, Al Alf and Doris Alf, Francis “Frank” Volkenner, Katherine Volkenner, Chet Baron and Susan “Sue” Baron, William Heinen, and Baby Thomas Pattison.
Viewing services for Chris are scheduled for Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery in Mesa, with Services beginning at 3:30 pm.
After the service, a reception will be held at the home of a family friends. If not attending the memorial service, you may text 623-363-2449 for the address.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to jedfoundation.org in his honor.