Christopher A. Marthini

01/16/1961 — 06/21/2005

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Seattle, Washington

Christopher A. Marthini

Christopher A. Marthini, 44, passed away June 21, 2005 in Richland, WA at the Life Care Center. He had been in a coma the past 24 years from a head injury he received in a car accident. Chris was tough – he survived Meningitis at age 6 and a motorcycle accident at age 17.

Chris was born January 16, 1961 in Seattle, WA. He attended Maltby Elementary and Monroe Middle Schools, then graduated from Juanita High School in Kirkland. When Chris was young he was interested in science, so much so that he would chase his sister and brothers around with a straight pin and slide trying to get blood samples for his microscope.

Christ was a Cub Scout, then a Weblo and also in Little League. Chris loved to race dirt bikes with his brothers in Monroe. He enjoyed car races, boating, water skiing, camping, hunting and fishing with family and friends. Chris was treed by a black bear while hunting; that bear became a rug for mom. He was a great help when his mom and dad built their home in Cle Elem. Chris also loved jet planes and dreamed of someday being a pilot.

At the time of his accident he was a journeyman carpenter and a member of the Carpenters Union. He worked for SDL Corp. and sometimes operated heavy equipment for his dad’s company, Tom’s Backhoe and Rock Setting Service.

Chris will be missed terribly by his mother, Marilyn Marthini of Tri-Cities and Soap Lake, WA; father, Tom Marthini, Sr. of Soap Lake; brothers Tom Marthini, Jr. and his family Melody, Danny and Dustin of Granite Falls, WA and John and Sherri Marthini, nieces Michelle and Samantha, also of Soap Lake; sister, Pam and her husband Scott Morrell, nieces Amanda Morrell and Tamara Bell; best friend Mike Murphy; friends and relatives too numerous to mention. He will be in the company of grandparents Ferris and Vivian Canham and Joseph and Elizabeth Marthini, uncle Dick Brousseau, and others. He was a good friend to all who knew him.

Chris, you can fly now!

Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, Seattle, WA or Head Injury Foundation, Richland, WA.

No funeral services are planned. There was a private family viewing.

Thank you to Einan’s Funeral Home and Sunset Memorial Gardens for your help. Thanks to all the staff, doctors, nurses and CNA’s at Kadlec who cared for Chris over the years. Thanks also to the caring staff at Richland Life Care.

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  • I visited with Chris often while visiting my mother for the 3 years she resided at RLC. I always thought there was more to Chris than met the eye. One of the nurses took a special liking to Chris and used to put him in a chair hext to her nurses station when she was despensing medicine. She would talk to him, tell him jokes and make funny faces. He always laughed at her. It was truely amazing. What mixed feelings his family must now have. Chris is at peace but I am certain that it was always hoped that a miracle would happen and he would return to the family. In all I will never forget Chis as I stopped often to visit with him when visiting my mother. Some people leave a lasting impression. Chris was one of those for me. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. I hope he is remembered for the vibrant young man he must have been.

    Jinny
    November 4, 2014
    W., Richland, WA, US
  • Scott, Pam, Tami, and Amy. Lindsay and I just wanted to let you know how very much we admired your family’s dedication in making sure that Chris was cared for. He was very lucky to have you to watch over him. You have our deepest sympathies.

    Joann and Lindsay Coke
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • To my cousin, Tom Marthini,Sr. I remember you and Marilyn when you visited my mother, Lucy Allenby LeMay. Lucy was Joe Marthini’s sister. I want to express my condolences to you as words cannot express the sympathy for your loss of a son so deeply loved. Unfortunatly, we did not keep in touch, but I would like to hear from you or from the other family members.

    Love to you and yours,

    Betty LeMayPeterson

    simonnewa@comcast.net

    Betty LeMay Peterson
    November 4, 2014
    Kent, WA, US
  • Chris was my cousin. I remember him as a boy. He was always caring, sensitive. I recall a story his Mother told about Chris and the Chickens. It seems one day, after the daily egg collection, the hens were upset; doing a great deal of clucking. Chris went out to the hen house to see what was amiss. After a time he came back. He explained that the hens were upset over the eggs. They missed them.

    Chris was a joyous life affirming person before his accident. I suspect his spirit will remain with his loved ones, now free from the harness of a broken body.

    Leslie Allenby
    November 4, 2014
    Long, Beach, CA, US
  • I by chance noted Chris’ obituary in the paper and felt compelled to offer my condolences. I don’t believe I ever met him, but I am barely 3 months older than Chris and also a Seattle native who had many of the same interests as Chris.

    On April 23 of this year 2005 I also shared Chris’ experience of suffering a severe TBI. I fortunately was only in a coma-like state for 3 days and have had in the interim, a spectacular recovery.

    I wish that I could have shared some of my good fortune with your Chris.

    Based on what I can recollect of the earliest days of my recovery following the accident, I can assure you that Chris was not distressed by his situation.

    For instance, I distinctly recall learning how to walk for the second time in my life, not doing particularly well at it – and I was not the least bit concerned.

    This was an enormous tragedy for Chris’ family and friends and a cataclysmic waste of Chris’ potential, but I’m fairly certain that Chris himself was not distressed.

    I hope this provides you with some comfort. You have my deepest sympathies.

    Jeff Juel
    November 4, 2014
    Seattle, WA, US
  • Chris has always been with us in our hearts and spirits and always will. He will be missed dearly by his friends and family. We love you chris!

    Amanda Morrell
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I visited with Chris often while visiting my mother for the 3 years she resided at RLC. I always thought there was more to Chris than met the eye. One of the nurses took a special liking to Chris and used to put him in a chair hext to her nurses station when she was despensing medicine. She would talk to him, tell him jokes and make funny faces. He always laughed at her. It was truely amazing. What mixed feelings his family must now have. Chris is at peace but I am certain that it was always hoped that a miracle would happen and he would return to the family. In all I will never forget Chis as I stopped often to visit with him when visiting my mother. Some people leave a lasting impression. Chris was one of those for me. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. I hope he is remembered for the vibrant young man he must have been.

    Jinny
    November 4, 2014
    W., Richland, WA, US
  • Scott, Pam, Tami, and Amy. Lindsay and I just wanted to let you know how very much we admired your family’s dedication in making sure that Chris was cared for. He was very lucky to have you to watch over him. You have our deepest sympathies.

    Joann and Lindsay Coke
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • To my cousin, Tom Marthini,Sr. I remember you and Marilyn when you visited my mother, Lucy Allenby LeMay. Lucy was Joe Marthini’s sister. I want to express my condolences to you as words cannot express the sympathy for your loss of a son so deeply loved. Unfortunatly, we did not keep in touch, but I would like to hear from you or from the other family members.

    Love to you and yours,

    Betty LeMayPeterson

    simonnewa@comcast.net

    Betty LeMay Peterson
    November 4, 2014
    Kent, WA, US
  • Chris was my cousin. I remember him as a boy. He was always caring, sensitive. I recall a story his Mother told about Chris and the Chickens. It seems one day, after the daily egg collection, the hens were upset; doing a great deal of clucking. Chris went out to the hen house to see what was amiss. After a time he came back. He explained that the hens were upset over the eggs. They missed them.

    Chris was a joyous life affirming person before his accident. I suspect his spirit will remain with his loved ones, now free from the harness of a broken body.

    Leslie Allenby
    November 4, 2014
    Long, Beach, CA, US
  • I by chance noted Chris’ obituary in the paper and felt compelled to offer my condolences. I don’t believe I ever met him, but I am barely 3 months older than Chris and also a Seattle native who had many of the same interests as Chris.

    On April 23 of this year 2005 I also shared Chris’ experience of suffering a severe TBI. I fortunately was only in a coma-like state for 3 days and have had in the interim, a spectacular recovery.

    I wish that I could have shared some of my good fortune with your Chris.

    Based on what I can recollect of the earliest days of my recovery following the accident, I can assure you that Chris was not distressed by his situation.

    For instance, I distinctly recall learning how to walk for the second time in my life, not doing particularly well at it – and I was not the least bit concerned.

    This was an enormous tragedy for Chris’ family and friends and a cataclysmic waste of Chris’ potential, but I’m fairly certain that Chris himself was not distressed.

    I hope this provides you with some comfort. You have my deepest sympathies.

    Jeff Juel
    November 4, 2014
    Seattle, WA, US
  • Chris has always been with us in our hearts and spirits and always will. He will be missed dearly by his friends and family. We love you chris!

    Amanda Morrell
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • 6-20-09

    Chris I can’t believe you have been gone 4 years. We all miss you so much. Even tho’ you couldn’t talk to us all those years in a coma, we knew you knew us, and heard us. We could tell. Mom, John, Tommy and I miss you so much. We have some comfort knowing you are flying over us watching out for us. Our Angel.

    Pam
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I used to work at Life Care and took care of Christopher. He was so special to me. The girls Knew that when I worked, they better get Christopher up and in his chair. I’ve gone to see him several times since I quit working there and his pictures still decorate the front of my fridge. He was so special to me. I will miss him. I hate that he is gone but I’m glad he is free. I feel blessed to have had that short amount of time with him.

    leigh bomley
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US