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Joseph Christopher (Chris) Grandi

Joseph Christopher (Chris) Grandi

July 1, 1950-February 2, 2023

Chris was the firstborn son to Joseph O. Grandi and Alma Grandi on July 1, 1950.  Chris was born in Portola, Ca.  He attended schools kindergarten through 12th grade in Loyalton, Ca.

From Little League through High School he excelled as an athlete in baseball, basketball, and football.  Baseball was always his favorite.  He was a very talented pitcher and switch-hit batter.  Chris was an excellent student, graduating with a 4.0 grade point.

Chris attended San Jose State college where he played baseball for two years.  He then transferred to the University of Idaho in Moscow, where he completed his BA degree.

Chris went to work in the landing for Ellis Smith Logging in the spring of 1972, for two seasons.  Then a good friend, Lidimo Pollastrini, taught Chris how to drive logging truck.  He continued in the logging industry and had numerous truck driving jobs, mainly hauling logs, until he retired in 2012, after driving for Clint Conrad.

Chris was proud of his Sierra Valley heritage and was a logger at heart.  He proudly enjoyed owning and operating the old family timber property.

His favorite hobbies were hunting and fishing.  He especially loved bird hunting with his dog, and fishing on the Sacramento River with his good friend, Harv.  He enjoyed traveling and telling stories about the places he visited and explored, and the people that he met there, never knowing a stranger.

Chris was predeceased by his parents, and his son, Ryan.  He is survived by his three brothers and their families, and his two grandchildren.  Chris made many life-long friends who were very dear to him throughout his life.  His youngest brother, Einen, and his family, were especially a huge help to him in the last chapter of his life.

Services for Chris will be held Tuesday, February 21, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Loyalton.  Rosary will be at 11am, followed by funeral mass at 11:30.

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