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In Memory of

Chris J. Facio

August 7, 1946 - March 30, 2015

Obituary


Chris J. Facio, was born on August 7, 1946 and passed
away on Monday March 30, 2015 in Goldendale, WA.
Chris was born at home in Harrah, WA to Crescencio and
Margarita Facio. Chris was married to Vida (Fabela)
Facio and they had one daughter, Anna Facio of Olympia,
WA.
Chris was from a large family; he had 11 brothers and
four sisters and he spent his early years with his parents
and siblings in Wapato, WA. Chris had a very strong
work ethic and he...

Chris J. Facio, was born on August 7, 1946 and passed
away on Monday March 30, 2015 in Goldendale, WA.
Chris was born at home in Harrah, WA to Crescencio and
Margarita Facio. Chris was married to Vida (Fabela)
Facio and they had one daughter, Anna Facio of Olympia,
WA.
Chris was from a large family; he had 11 brothers and
four sisters and he spent his early years with his parents
and siblings in Wapato, WA. Chris had a very strong
work ethic and he and his siblings worked on many farms
in the Yakima Valley and throughout the state. He
graduated from Wapato High School in 1966. Chris
married Vida Fabela in October of 1967. He then entered
the United States Army and served in Vietnam until 1969.
He served in the 25th Infantry Division and his commendations included the National Defense Service
Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars,
Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, Purple Heart,
Combat Infantryman Badge, Marksman (M14, M16),
Expert (M60), and the Good Conduct Medal.
Chris, Vida and Anna made their home in Goldendale.
Chris and Vida lived in Goldendale for over 40 years and
they both have close and strong ties to the community.
Chris worked at the Reynolds aluminum plant near
Goldendale on the Columbia River for 29 years. He was
very active in the Goldendale Community, where he
coached baseball "and wrestling, and was an umpire for
Little League and men's and women's softball. Chris was
a member of the American Legion, he contributed to the
Goldendale Booster Club, participated in Babe Ruth
Baseball, and was a proud member of the Assembly of
God Church in Goldendale.
Chris was an avid and experienced fisherman, to say it

was a hobby would be an understatement. For years he
fished the Columbia River, the Klickitat, and any other
waters he thought he could find fish. Over the years,
Chris and Vida made several trips to Alaska, going on
extended fishing expeditions., He was never more proud
of her than when on their last trip she caught the record
largest halibut for that season! Chris is responsible for
passing on his passion for fishing to several of his
nephews, (Vida apologizes to their wives). Chris loved
fishing, he would watch fishing on television, he would
read about fishing, enjoyed eating fish, and loved hearing
any story related to fishing. Chris was also an avid sports
enthusiast, his favorite sport being baseball. He was a
strong supporter of the Seattle Mariners and the Seattle
Seahawks, especially when they would win.
Chris also enjoyed movies, especially Westerns and
shopping for fishing gear. The only thing Chris enjoyed
more than fishing and sports was spending time with his
family and attending family and community events. One
of his greatest joys was seeing his nieces and nephews,
especially the younger generation of children. Chris
enjoyed watching his nieces and nephews compete in
athletics and especially loved watching them dance at
family celebrations.
Chris was preceded in death by his parents, three
brothers and a sister. Survivors include his wife Vida and
daughter Anna. He is also survived by his siblings, from
Sacramento, CA brother Lupe Martinez, sister Theresa
Facio Ortega, and brothers Ernie, Jim, and John Facio.
From Wapato, brothers Larry and Benny Facio, from
Toppenish brother Joey Facio, and from Yakima sisters
Patty Facio Gonzales, Mary Facio Munez, and brother
Ken Facio. Chris also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved.
Viewing services for Chris will be on Monday April 6, 2015
from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at Merritt Funeral Home Chapel in
Wapato, WA. Funeral services will be on Tuesday April
7, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Merritt Funeral Home Chapel
in Wapato, WA. Burial and concluding service will be in
Reservation Community Memorial Park in Wapato. Merritt Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.