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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • OBITUARY: Christopher 'Chris' Cruz Navaro

  • A memorial will be held at Valley Christian Fellowship in Crookston on Saturday, April 20 at 3 p.m.
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  •    Christopher Cruz Navar of Crystal City, Texas was born April 19,1981 and was robbed of his earthly life on April 6, 2013 at the age of 31. Chris loved his family, friends and music.    He was an accomplished guitar player and vocalist who recently helped to pioneer open mic night on Sundays at Crooks Club in Crookston.
        Chris was also a barber’s apprentice. He took great pride in cutting hair for his family and friends in Red Lake Falls, Crookston and Crystal City. Chris enjoyed cooking authentic Mexican dishes, sketching portraits, dancing, and fishing at Maple Lake and in the rivers of Red Lake Falls. Throughout his adult life, Chris worked as a landscaper, construction worker and most recently as a railroad mechanic.
        Although he was taken away from us, his untimely death will not rob us of his spirit and all the joy he shared with us. We know Chris would not want his death to be in vain, that we should all learn to follow the Lord’s example on this earth, so that senseless tragedies such as this would not occur.
        Mr. Navar was preceded in death by his father, Miguel Navar, Jr., grandfather Torivio Guerrero. He is survived by his wife Seleena (Hagl) Navar, daughter Lilah Navar, and son Vicente “Vinny” Navar, all of Red Lake Falls; parents Elvira and Andres Hernandez, Jr., sisters Nicole Navar and Christina Hernandez; brother Michael Navar; grandmother Julia Guerrero, all of Texas. Mother-inlaw Peggy Schmitz, Father-in-law John (Theresa) Hagl, sisters- in-law Kelly (Sean) Hicks, Rochelle Schmitz, and Tina (Dan) Taus. Brothers-in-law Kyle Schmitz, Tyler Hagl, all of Minnesota and North Dakota, Richard (Eva) Columbus of Ohio. Mr. Navar is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and in-law grandparents.
        Visitation was held on April 10, 2013 and funeral services on April 11, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Crystal City, Texas with Father Toby Guerrero officiating. Internment followed at Benito Juarez Cemetery.
        A Minnesota Memorial will be held at Valley Christian Fellowship in Crookston, Minnesota on Saturday, April 20 at 3 p.m. All are welcomed to join us in celebrating the life of Christopher Navar.
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