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Chris Iarussi

1982 - 2016

~Life without music, is chaos~

On March 13, 2016 the world lost a powerful light. Our loving brother, husband, uncle, son and friend. Christopher Shane "I-A-ROO-SI" was born April 28, 1982 in Boulder Colorado, with a bold entrance into the world, and he left his mark on all he met throughout his life. He was a dear brother to four sisters, and spent much of his youth creating just enough chaos to ignite his siblings tempers - and he loved to watch the inevitable mischief that followed as great brothers do.

In his youth, Chris also loved to rollerblade as an aspiring "X-games competitor", and was often found jumping off roofs and other high places that were just dangerous enough to make his life interesting - and keep his parents worrying. His favorite moments as a child were spent with his family. Yearly road trips to Disneyland filled with roller coaster rides, and visits to the beach, or just hanging out at home with music in the air surrounded by his friends.

~Always, there was music~

As a teen Chris discovered his own musical abilities and began his journey as a drummer. Both in his music, and music created by others, he found joy and a deep passion that made even the darkest moments more bearable. He dreamt of making the world a better place through song, melody and rhythm, and it was one of the few ways he was comfortable sharing his soul and connecting with family and friends.

Chris' parents raised him with deep values founded on respect, a diligent work ethic, a wicked sense of humor and most importantly, a heart of gold - despite discordant religious views. Chris ultimately felt the need to separate himself completely from his parents, and their Jehovah's Witness faith, in order to truly grow as an adult. As years passed, he felt a growing sense of distress and pain from his childhood that sadly never left him. However, as he continued to grow in his new life, he found his second family in the eclectic group of friends he created while involved in any number of adventures whether waiting tables, selling one thing or another, or playing in his bands. He found that real love wasn't attached to conditions, or religious doctrine.

One of the greatest highlights of his life, was when Chris met the love of his life, Ashley in early 2009. Chris' friends planned a party, and hoped to set him up. Though, in classic form, he showed up with another date. A night of poker (in which he happened to lose most of his pocket change to her) was the spark that turned into a flame overnight. They married in 2011 and spent 4 wonderful, challenging and ultimately beautiful years together. Chris always chose Ashley as "The Greatest Woman in the World".

It is often said that the brightest lights in our world burn the fastest. And Chris was certainly a great light to us all. Tragically, he was not able to overcome the dark shadows of his youth, and struggled each day with the heavy weight of depression. He faced each day with amazing courage, and in the end, he chose his own peace.

Chris is survived by his older sisters (and frequent partners in crime) Gwen and Tiffany; his wife Ashley; his niece Abby and nephews Connor, Josh, and Kaleb whom he loved more than life; Brothers-in-law Matt and Brian and Sister-in-law Sam; his adopted "Moms" Danielle and Angie and adopted "Dad" John; his very best mates Scotty and Jared and his beloved fur-babies Trixie and Nala; a very large extended family and his birth parents along with countless friends.

A celebration of Chris' life will be held:
Saturday, March 19, 2016
At Evans & Early Mortuary
574 E 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Family and Friends are welcomed to join the family at 11:00 AM
Services to be held at 12:00 PM

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Chris' honor:
http://afsp.org/find-support/

Most importantly, be kind to one another; reach out to those you care about and cherish moments shared. You never know the secret battles that an individual is fighting at any moment. Make sure they know they are loved!