Sanchez, Christian J.

August 2, 2002 - July 21, 2016

Christian James Sanchez was born in Plano, Texas and was killed during a storm while camping near Basswood Lake in Ontario, Canada while participating in a BSA Northern Tier Trek from the Charles L Sommers Canoe Base.

He is survived by his parents, James Omar Sanchez and Rhonda Russell Sanchez; his sister, Isabella Michelle Sanchez; his grandmother, Yolanda Sanchez Coco; and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.  Christian was devoted to his older sister, Isabella, and at the time of his death considered his Northern Tier Crewmates as his brothers.

Christian was a joyful young man who was always ready for an adventure.  He was entering the eighth grade at Trinity Christian Academy where he was an excellent student, a promising athlete, an artist and a caring friend to all.  Christian was a Prince of Peace Christian School “Eagle” from preschool through fourth grade where he made some of his most lasting friendships.

Christian was an active and beloved member of St Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas.  He spent many hours at St Andrew from the earliest ages.  Christian was a worship leader from kindergarten to his death as an integral member of the children’s and then Salt and Light youth choirs.  He was an active member of the St Andrew Youth Group.  In the last weeks of his life, Christian poured out God’s love on others in Lake Providence Louisiana on the annual youth Mission Trip and throughout New York City on the annual Salt and Light Youth Choir Concert Tour.

Christian embodied the tenants of the Scout Law.  Christian joined Pack 701 (sponsored by Prince of Peace Christian School and Lutheran Church) as a Tiger Cub in first grade eagerly completing each requirement to advance through the Cub Scout and Webelos ranks culminating in his earning of the Arrow of Light and Webelos Super Achiever Awards.  Christian enthusiastically made the transition to Boy Scouts in fifth grade and was a valued member of Troop 121 (sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Carrollton).  Troop 121 enabled Christian’s natural leadership skills to be refined through various Patrol leadership positions and completion of Den Chief Training, Oak Leaf Training and National Youth Leadership Training.  In 2016, Christian was named Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, served as acting Senior Patrol Leader for Summer Camp at Camp Constantin and was nominated to the Order of the Arrow national honor society  by election of his peers.  Subsequent to his death, Christian has been awarded the Spirit of the Eagle Award by the Boy Scouts of America.

Visitation will be held at Aria Memorial Chapel on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:30pm.  A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at St Andrew United Methodist Church on Friday, July 29, 2016, at 10am with a reception to follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Christian Sanchez Memorial Scholarship Fund at Trinity Christian Academy.

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”  Isaiah 40:8

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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21 replies on “Sanchez, Christian J.”

Anne Dethrow says:

Brian and I are thinking of you and praying for your comfort at this heart breaking time. What a remarkable young man you raised! It is impossible to understand why he is lost too soon. May his memory sustain you. We love you.

Larry Crumlish says:

My heartfelt sympathy to Christian’s family. Such a waste to lose such a special person.
Prayers and thoughts are with you.
Larry and Billye Crumlish

Debbie Pevehouse says:

I was blessed to have been Christian’s teacher for four years in the Gifted and Talented Program at Prince of Peace Christian School. Christian’s mere presence in our classroom evoked happiness, laughter, and smiles. His natural curiosity and love for learning motivated everyone around him. He loved life, and his energy and enthusiasm was contagious. Christian will be deeply missed, but his memory will light the world for those of us who loved him until we meet again. Rest in peace, Sweet Christian. Thank you for your presence in my life.

Nancy Taylor says:

I was blessed to have Christian as part of my preschool class at Prince of Peace Christian School when he was 4 yr. old. He was a happy little boy with the biggest smile! christian will forever be a part of our Prince of Peace family.
Praying for peace for the Sanchez family.

Webb Crunk says:

My deepest sympathy to Rhonda, Jimmy, Isabella and all family. My heart goes out to y’all. May the God of peace bring you comfort. In this world we don’t always get the answers to ‘why’. God and His love though is with you always.

Lydia Hardy says:

Rhonda, i am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Gib and Mary Russell says:

Rhonda, James and Isabella just want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. It is so hard to understand when things like this happen, but how proud you must be when you see all the lives he touched in his 13 years.

Gina Clary says:

I’m sincerely heartbroken for you and your family. I’m praying for you all, everyday.

Steve Wallace says:

I’m so sorry for your loss Rhonda. We have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Erica Schon Pollak says:

Rho, I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t even imagine your pain right now. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Take one day at a time. I pray for your healing. Much love to you and you family.

Antonio Montez says:

Hawks Select Basketball Club, it’s coaches, players, volunteers and parents offer our sincerest condolences on the passing of Christian. He was an honored and valued member of our club and Team Blue 2021. We all have fond memories of him and will miss his fun-loving nature and bright smile. May the Lord and his memory make your path a bit easier in the days to come. Blessing to you and your family… Coach Tony

Jane Coble Royer says:

Dear Rhonda, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful son. He had your smile! I wish I could have known him during his brief but well spent life. I will pray for you and your family to get through this grief. Love in Zeta, Jane Coble Royer

Johnna De Los Santos says:

As a mother to two young boys, I just can’t imagine the heartache you are enduring. Although I never met Christian, I know he was a very special young man. And wow – that smile – so contagious! I believe he is wrapped in the arms of our Savior now and so proud of his accomplishments on earth. I’m praying for strength, peace, comfort and a new joy for you. I’m here for you if you need anything!

John 14:27 – I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give is not fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Cari Vega says:

You are all in my prayers! I’m so very sorry!

Nicole Highfill says:

I’m keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers. Sending strength, faith and hope today and everyday. God Bless

Sean Fields says:

I’m just a clumsy nerd with no good words, but my heart hurts for you. It was a beautiful memorial today.

Janet Jackson says:

I canno imagine the pain and sorrow you must be feeling. May God bring you peace and comfort as you walk this journey.

Tara Cavazos says:


You and Isabella are in our thoughts and prayers. Your son was a light to many! I am so sorry for your loss.

Jane sheldon says:

Rhonda, my heart breaks for you and Jimmy. I can’t even imagine what you all are going through. I pray that you feel God’s arms wrapped around you providing you comfort during this time. Praying for your sweet family.

Nitmal says:

My son Aaron was the SPL at Oak Leaf training last October. He said he was drawn to Christian, and spent the whole day intercting with him. His smile was so contagious, and his heart was so warm that he left a lasting impression on my son. Although he is with God he truley left his mark on this earth. He will always be remembered and remain in everyone’s hearts. Aaron is doing his Eagle project as redesigning a Prayer area in our local church. He would like to dedicate it to Christian. Hope you take comfort in his JOY!

Chris says:

I went to school with Christian in middle school. He was a fun guy to hang around and its still sad to think he’s gone. Condolences to Mr. and Mrs. Sanchez.

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