Christopher Pace Myer, 49, of Livingston, Montana died as a result of an automobile accident in the late hours of Christmas Eve. He is survived by his wife, Kelley Lynch Myer, daughter Stella Myer, both of Livingston; his mother, Wendy Miraya, of New York and his father, Pazzi George (Jackie) Myer of North Carolina; two brothers Mike (Eliza) Myer, of Maryland and Joe Myer, of Colorado; his grandmother, Claudia of New York. Christopher is further survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Known to all as Pace, he was born on February 20, 1974 in Great Falls, Montana but grew up calling several parts of the United States home. He spent his elementary years in Anchorage and Adak, Alaska. His teen years in Jacksonville, N.C. where he was a star soccer player and a passionate skateboarder. Upon graduating high school, Pace made his way back West to spend time with his Great Falls family.
Once settled in Montana, Pace spent several years working in Yellowstone National Park at Snow Lodge and Lake Lodge. In Bozeman, he met his wife Kelley and found his passion in carpentry. Pace and Kelley moved to Livingston where they had Stella. Being Stella’s dad was something he was most proud of. She filled his heart with meaning and inspired him to live a life worthwhile. He enjoyed introducing her to his favorite movies and bands, helping her with line drawing and learning the guitar. These are activities he found great joy in. Many outdoor adventures as a family will be remembered with laughter.
He worked as a carpenter for On Site Management (OSM) for over a decade before starting Ptarmigan Construction. Recently, he rekindled his relationship with OSM where he enjoyed working side-by-side with people he respected and held in high regard. He put his building skills to task and transformed a run down log cabin into a family homestead complete with hell track (a mountain bike trials course where friends were terrified to attempt and he was the only rider to complete successfully) It was here, Pace’s inner Dr. Doolittle shined. His furry friends over the years included countless dogs, goats, chickens, ducks, a three legged hamster, turtle, guinea pigs, rats and one mean outdoor cat.
Pace had many passions such as fly fishing, skateboarding, music, tattooing, mountain biking, disc golf, and of course, backcountry skiing. He grew epic pepper gardens for his bbq sauce, and pepper jelly. He loved living blocks from the Yellowstone River. On any given day, no matter the time of year, he could be found down at Mayers Landing fishing with any one of the dogs by his side. Pace’s interest in the art of tattooing began in North Carolina and never waned, especially when he was able to collaborate with his brother Joe. Those visits were always a highlight of his year.
To know Pace was to love him. He might not have realized it while he was here, but he made an impact on everyone he met. His generosity was unparalleled. If you needed something he was the first to give you the shirt off his back. He was the pied piper of skateboarding. He was known to give decks to anyone who showed an interest. He believed every person needed a skateboard available to them at all times. Pace will be remembered for the deep love he had for his family, his insanely quick witted and twisted sense of humor, one liners he swore deserved a bumper sticker if not T-shirt status, his musical talent that only the privileged few experienced, his ingenious (and constant) home projects, his generous spirit and love of mountains and rivers.
A Celebration of Pace's life will be held at the Elks Lodge on Tuesday, February 20th, at 5:30 p.m.
The family has set up an account, if you would like to donate, please visit https://gofund.me/5d050308.
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