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Christopher J Manning

d. July 23, 2015

Christopher Jordan Manning left this earth on July 22, 2015, taking his life, after a long battle with various forms of depression. In spite of these challenges, Chris lead a life full of love, adventure, ambition, humor, generosity, kindness, and selflessness. He loved and was loved deeply. His family and friends are heart-broken by his early departure, but find peace and hope in their faith and the belief that he is in the arms of his loved ones. Chris was born on June 11, 1984 in Chicago, Illinois, where he and his family lived until he was five. In 1989 his family moved to Provo, Utah where he made cherished friendships and found much happiness. His family returned to Chicago for his sixth grade year, during which he reconnected with old friends, and gained a strong bond with his siblings. When he was 13, his family relocated to New Canaan, Connecticut where he attended New Canaan High School and developed relationships with many people who would shape the way he felt about himself and his future. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout and participated actively in the youth activities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Beyond high school, Chris studied Journalism and Communications at Utah State University and completed an MBA at the University of Utah excelling in both programs. Upon completing his MBA he was recognized in the U of U Alumni magazine for his extraordinary work and creative ideas organizing fundraising for the University Chris was passionate about his career and threw himself completely into every task he took on. Most recently, he worked for the start-up company, Power Practical, and was proud of the work he did with that team. Chris also specialized in establishing crowd-funding campaigns and was passionate about helping new, innovative companies succeed. In stark contrast with the depression he battled, Chris had an incredible sense of humor, and was frequently making those around him laugh with crazy antics, hilarious home videos, quick wit and clever jokes. He was also extraordinarily kind, generous and tenderhearted, particularly to those whom he believed were in need of a friend or special attention. Chris shared a special bond with his dog, Scout, whom he rescued 4 years ago. He took great pride in training and rehabilitating her from what seems to have been a rough past. He frequently stepped away from social outings and activities to make sure he had spent enough time with Scout. Together they took daily walks, road-tripped, hiked, and were nearly inseparable. He is survived by his mother and father, Richard and Rochelle Manning, his grandmother, Verda Page, his siblings, Rachel Allen (Shiloh), Arrin Barton (Marcus) and Benjamin Manning, his niece, Harper Allen and nephews, Samuel Allen, Jonah Barton and Magnus Allen and his beloved dog, Scout. He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Elden Page and Leon Manning, and his grandmother, Gwen Manning. The funeral will be held on Friday, July 31 at 5pm at the LDS Church located at 1885 N. Summerwood Drive in Farmington, Utah. A public viewing will precede the funeral in the same location, from 3 to 4:45pm. The burial will take place the next day in Pocatello, ID.

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