Christopher “Chris” Jakob Pfeifer

Chris was 30 year of age, when he passed away unexpectedly in Scottsdale, AZ.

Chris was the only son born to Randolph “Randy” and Laurel “Lori” (Schmaltz) Pfeifer on October 25, 1988 and has one older sister Vanessa LeeAnne (Pfeifer) Frisch.  In Chris’s early years, his family moved from Savage, MN to Zimmerman, MN and in this small town, Chris discovered one of his passions… basketball.

As a young boy, Chris was simple, and this was consistent throughout his life.  Chris loved sports, matchbox cars, Legos, collecting stamps, sports cards, Tonka trucks, cars, old school Nintendo, riding his bike over jumps and most importantly, simple play with his sister.  Year round, you would find him and Vanessa playing in the sandbox that his father built him for hours on end with his Tonka trucks.  On those extra cold days, Chris would be on the living room floor playing matchbox cars or building for hours with Legos… Chris started playing T-ball for a season or two and then tried soccer and basketball.  He was a natural with all sports and his love and passion for basketball flourished immediately.

Chris started playing recreational basketball and then played traveling AAU basketball year-round from elementary school to middle school.  During his basketball career prior to graduating high school, he traveled and played in multiple different states across the country.  Chris played for Hopkins from middle school through his senior year until graduating from Hopkins High School in 2007.   Chris was a selfless individual and made many life-long friends throughout his high school years.

After graduating high school, his niece Giselle Lily Frisch was born Aug. 2007.  Chris adored her and jumped at any opportunity to be with his niece or babysit her during college; Devan Ethan his nephew was born Nov. 2009.  He loved being an uncle to both and was adored by his niece and nephew.

Chris received a scholarship from Concordia University Saint Paul and he continued his basketball career throughout college.  During college, he worked part-time as a licensed security officer at Target Corp Headquarters, made the Dean’s list three times and graduated with a 3.8 GPS.  Chris was the first male in the Pfeifer bloodline to receive a bachelor’s degree and he majored in Criminal Justice, graduating from Concordia University on May 10, 2012.  After graduation from Concordia University, Chris decided he was going to pursue another passion of his… cars!  He decided that he wanted to learn how to work on them and Chris enrolled at Universal Technical Institute and decided to relocate to Avondale, AZ in May 2012, right after his graduation from Concordia.  Needless, to say this was extremely quick and his sister learned all she could one evening before Chris started the drive to AZ in his bright blue Audi with the “one-touch window”.  All possessions he cared about were loaded in his car as he set off on a new adventure to Arizona, leaving all family and friends behind.  Chris graduated from Universal Technical Institute on May 3, 2013 with a 3.8 GPA and received “Perfect Attendance Award and Exceptional GPA Award” and received an associate’s degree in Automotive Technology.  After graduation, Chris started employment with Celgene in Phoenix, AZ in May 2013.

Working in the compounding department at Celgene was like another family for Chris and he truly enjoyed working there.  He had a complete extended family at his place of employment and was well loved.

Chris was passionate about people and helping others. He decided that he wanted to be a volunteer fire fighter and he did so with the Phoenix Fire Department.  On Nov. 17, 2013, Chris became part of the Community Emergency Response Team in Phoenix, AZ.

One day, Chris decided he wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle and he sure did.  By going out and purchasing one and learning how to ride it.  Later he upgraded to his “lime green” motorcycle which was his ‘baby’ that he rode daily.

Summer of 2016, Chris decided that he wanted to take a road trip with his motorcycle from his home in AZ to MN for a family reunion.  He took a cross country road trip on that motorcycle, all 6’ 6” of him… safety gear and all.  His favorite part was CO with all the beautiful views and winding roads.

Most important to Chris was family and being with his niece and nephew.  Throwing the kids up in the air was always a favorite of his and making the kids laugh.

Being a simple man, Chris enjoyed spending time with friends grabbing a beer at breweries or hole-in-the wall bars/restaurants (per Chris, they have the best food), riding his motorcycle with his buddies, going hiking at Camelback or Squaw Peak in AZ.  Camelback and Squaw Peak were his favorite place to bring Vanessa and Dale hiking when they came to visit him in AZ.  Which still as an adult, Chris would call his sister “Nessa”.

Chris’s favorite saying was “I’m not cheap, I am thrifty!”

Chris is going to be missed dearly and words cannot express the deep sadness and holes we have left in our hearts.  Chris was extremely loyal, showed extreme patience, was completely selfless and showed discretion to all.

Chris survived by Sister, Vanessa (Pfeifer) Frisch and brother-in-law Dale Frisch;  niece & nephew, Giselle Frisch & Devan Frisch; Parents, Randoph “Randy” & Laurel “Lori” (Schmaltz) Pfeifer; Grandparents: Clarence & Yvonne (Phillips) Schmaltz; Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends who Loved him dearly.

Chris is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Jacob E & Mary Pfeifer, great grandparents: Jacob and Elizabeth Pfeifer, and Ruby Virginia (infant daughter), Joseph & Elizabeth Schmaltz, George & Clara Phillips and Titus & Francis Heisinger.

Visitation will be on Friday, March 1, 2019, 4-7:30 pm at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation in Prior Lake and also from 10-10:45 am before the service on Saturday at the church.

Celebration of Life Service will be on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 11:00 am at Christian Family Church, 7375 Bush Lake Road, Edina, MN.

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  1. Brian & Debbie Phillips :

    Our hearts go out to all of you. Chris was very special and will truly be missed. Love to all – Brian and Deb

  2. Moe Anglin Yee :

    May you RIP buddy.. truly going to miss you..

  3. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Will miss him a lot. Cherish the memories I do have of him at the reunions.
    Ann Larson

  4. Jim and Maureen nadeau :

    So sorry for your lost. Chris was an amazing young man. So glad we got to see him last summer. Big hugs to all the family

  5. Ride in Paradise Brother. Until we meet again.

  6. It was a pleasure working with Chris. He will be missed.

  7. Francesca Altamirano and Family :

    Please accept my deepest condolences. I am praying for strength and comfort during this time. He was a good friend and gentle soul. May he rest in paradise. You will be missed.

  8. Always smiling and just a gentle giant overall. His passing is such a shock and I can only hope that his loved ones will find peace during such a hard time. My deepest condolences. Chris, you will be missed deeply by everyone! 🙁

  9. Chris will always be in my memories as a smart, kind friend. I can’t begin to count the laughs and conversations, but I can count on always remembering how lucky I am to of known Chris. I will always remember his heart shining out of smile and through his strong blue eyes. My deepest condolences to his family; thank you for raising such a great man that made a positive impact on everyone.

  10. Diann DiDomenico :

    Words cannot express how sorry I am for loss of a truly wonderful young man. May all your happy memories of his life bring you some joy knowing that he would want you to remember him with smiles and laughter. May God help all of you through this sad time

  11. The Hieserichs :

    We are so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know we are thinking of you often and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers for the weeks to come.

  12. Briana Zierke :

    You are so missed Chris. Thank you for your kindness and always being there to listen. I will miss seeing you at work. We’ve had a lot of really awesome memories. Sending all my love to your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

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