Dec 15, 1959 – Feb 12, 2018
Kristian Erik Wright (Kris), 58 passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 12, 2018 at his office in Terrace, BC.
He was born on December 15, 1959 in Arlington, WA to Art and Esther Wright. Kris grew up in Darrington and graduated from Darrington High School in 1979. He spent his childhood camping and fishing on the creeks and rivers surrounding Darrington. On summer days he could be found outside with his friends building elaborate logging operations complete with spar trees, miles of string, and rusty Tonka toys.
Kris was what his dad lovingly referred to as a “greasy.” He spent his youth in the Darrington shop sweeping, stoking the woodstove and greasing trucks in the pit. Eventually he earned his way to log truck driver. He never wavered from this path. His whole adult life was dedicated to the business of wrenching, driving, or managing trucks in one capacity or another.
When the opportunity to work with Hampton’s wood waste division came about, he jumped in with both feet to reconnect with his Darrington roots. He was happy that he was able to work with people connected to the town he loved. Several of his childhood friends were valued co-workers and trusted Managers. He appreciated their dedication and honesty.
Kris was a multifaceted man with many interests. Kris was a life-long outdoorsman. He loved nothing more than to jump on his Harley and just go. Or, hook up to one of his Vintage Airstreams and head up to Buck Creek to do a little fishing. Hickory shirts and jeans, dew rags and leather, ball caps and boots – the essence of Kris.
He was a patron of the recovering community, serving with quiet humility and vision. His deep passion for recovering and helping people change their lives reached many. His dream was to change the world and have no one know about it.
Kris is survived by his loving partner-in-life, Dannielle, daughter Natalie (Andy), granddaughter Ava, son Tanner, brother Tom, and sister Heidi (Tracy) as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Artie.
A casual celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, February 25th from Noon -3 pm at the Darrington Community Center. Food will be provided by the Darrington Memorial Dinner Committee.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to: Darrington Memorial Dinner Fund, PO Box 698, Darrington, WA 98241; MercyWatch.org (local homeless street outreach) or hopesoldiers.com (local addiction/homeless outreach)
“No Matter What”