MISSOULA – Christopher Henry Larum, 26, of Missoula, passed on to a pain-free life with the Lord on Thursday, April 29, 2010, after a gallant fight with complications from leukemia.
He was born Jan. 13, 1984, in Missoula to Marvin Henry Larum and Tammy Ann Miller.
As a young boy, he attended Lolo Grade School after which he graduated from Big Sky High School in 2002. He received an associate degree as a surgical technician and was employed at St. Patrick Hospital. It was obvious to all who worked with him that he had a special ability in his new profession. A few years later, he was given a wonderful opportunity to advance his career and was employed by a hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz. Five days on the new job he became ill and was diagnosed with leukemia.
Chris underwent a bone marrow transplant that was successful, but a wide variety of issues plagued him for the duration of his young life. With the amazing and untiring support of his dad, family and numerous loyal friends, he faced his challenges with determination and courage. Chris lived his life with the same passion he fought his battle with cancer. The many things he loved to do included fishing, hunting, dirt biking, snowboarding, playing his guitar and building wood and antler furniture. To say that he loved to fish and hunt is an understatement. He was an avid outdoorsman from the time he was old enough to hold a fishing pole and carry a rifle alongside his dad and grandpa Henry.
His passionate pursuit of the outdoors never wavered during his illness. Even in the later stages of his disability, friends and neighbors generously allowed access on their land and with the help of his dad, grandpa and faithful hunting buddies he successfully harvested game, including one of the biggest whitetail bucks of his life. This past season, he bagged a beautiful antelope buck, which was a highlight for him. Stories of his fishing and hunting adventures will forever be a source of precious memories and laughter!
Chris is survived by his father, Marvin; mother, Tammy Miller; grandparents, Henry and Georgia Larum, Ed Karpinski (grandfather), Grandma Patti, Grandpa Tim and Aunt Kathy (Arizona); sister, Ashlie Larum; brother, Robert Miller; aunt, Sherry Larum Benner (Rod); aunt, Cindy Larum Scott (Steve Raykowski); cousins, Jessica Scott Zieg (Ryan), Nichole Scott Jones (Jamie), Jason Benner (Joanie), Dustin Benner (Chandra) and Stephanie Benner Schafer (Kevin); numerous extended family members; and many wonderful friends. He also leaves behind his loving girlfriend and faithful companion, Rhiannon Daniels.
Chris was preceded in death by his lifelong buddies, Trent Robinson and Seth Mineo.
Christopher was an inspiration to all who knew him. Even in his last days, in spite of all his pain he stated that if he could help others by his experience it would be worth it all. Chris, you are our SUPERHERO and we will treasure you forever!
A service to honor Christopher and celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, at South Hills Evangelical Church, 1919 North Ave. W., with Pastor Rod Benner (uncle) officiating. A lunch reception will follow.