December 21, 1950 - April 21, 2018
Christian P. Hald III passed peacefully in his sleep Saturday morning, April 21, 2018, in the comfort of his home, at the age of 67. He will be remembered for his huge heart and a spirit to help anyone he met in any way he could. He quietly and diligently worked behind the scenes in many areas of the community, taking care of details that are often overlooked but essential to keep things moving. Chris was born December 21, 1950 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Ashland, Oregon with his parents and sisters.
He graduated from Ashland High School in 1969 and then enlisted in the Oregon National Guard, while also earning his Bachelor of Science from Southern Oregon University. Chris proudly served for 25 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He took the guard motto of having a “can-do attitude” to adapt, improvise and overcome to heart, applying it to many aspects of his life.
In October 1979, while Chris was in Colorado completing necessary coursework to open his business, Hald Real Estate Co., he “met himself a Texas woman,” Carolyn Sue Goodwin. They spent months exchanging their love through letters and phone calls until he was finally able to persuade Carolyn to move to Ashland. Chris married Carolyn on May 16, 1981. They had three beloved daughters, Carrie Celeste Brown, Megan Sue Roemmich, and Christy Dawn Schuermeyer.
It was in high school that Chris’s love for skiing began as a founding member of the Ashland High School ski team in 1967. His passion for skiing continued to grow throughout life, becoming a certified level 3 ski instructor, Technical Delegate (TD), and member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America. Chris’s influence in the skiing community could be strongly felt on Mt. Ashland, as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest. He loved the sport and did all that he could to help others learn to love it also, by encouraging and helping others to join ski teams and to pursue coaching positions. He also officiated many ski races at Squaw Valley and surrounding mountains. His jovial presence will be missed. In the most recent years, Chris’s joy was spending time with his daughters while teaching his grandchildren to ski. On Friday nights, Chris and Carolyn could often be found at Grizzly football games or the Ashland Elks Lodge enjoying dinner.
Chris liked being a dad, but he LOVED being a grandfather. Chris had seven grandchildren, Celeste and Lucille Brown; Cole, Georgia, and Charlotte Roemmich; and Cooper and Casey Schuermeyer. He adored playing with all of them and spoiled them regularly with Tootsie Roll lollipops, cookies, and big bowls of rocky road ice cream.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Christian and Jacque Jean Hald; and grandson, Blake Roemmich. He is survived by his wife; daughters; grandchildren; and sisters, Christine Kovach, Terry Mettler, and Tammy Hald.
Having lived in Ashland for 65 years, Chris’s connections to others throughout the community is far greater than his family ever will know. Please join us as we remember this great man.
A service will be held May 12 at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland, followed by a celebration of life at 12:30 p.m. the Mt. Ashland Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mt. Ashland Association. https://www.mtashland.com/donations/