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Christopher Porfirio Amaya

July 15, 1979 ~ February 19, 2019 (age 39)

Christopher Porfirio Amaya was born in Bellflower, California on July 15, 1979 to parents Lynne and Porfirio Amaya.  He passed away on February 19, 2019 in Tarzana, California, doing what made him happy:  working hard to help his family.  He is survived by his mother, Lynne Layton Amaya; his father, Porfirio Amaya; and his three Siblings James, Megan and Matthew, and a brother by choice, Warren Cassidy. 

In 1985 the family moved from Bellflower, California to Temecula, California.  The neighborhood, Rainbow Canyon, had lots of good families and lots of kids.  Chris’ home was very close to the hills and he and his friends spent many hours hiking and exploring.  He would occasionally bring nonvenomous snakes home to observe and then he would put them back where he found them.  A few years ago, he was driving down the street by his house and saw a snake in the road.  He put it on the dash of his truck and drove to  the hills to let it go in a safe place.  Chris had a big heart for animals.  His beloved rabbit, Snugg (Chris’ dear friend, Joy, officially named him Lord Snuggleton), is 12 years old and still with us.

For over 20 years, Chris worked as an electrician with his Dad in the family business, Amaya Construction, Inc.  He did excellent work and was happy to share his knowledge with others.  He enjoyed reading, especially about history.  He loved to collect historical papers, coins, bank notes, and all things California.  He also enjoyed driving fast cars along winding roads.  Chris was also very involved in family history/genealogy.  He extracted names and information from thousands of documents, to help people connect to their ancestors.

Chris’ family and friends will deeply miss his protective heart, hard-working spirit, and generous and honest ways.

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