Sep 182013

Christopher Paul Blackwell, 23, died unexpectedly during the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at the Maricopa County Medical Center in Phoenix. The funeral service will begin at 12 noon on Friday, Sept. 20, at Owens Livingston Mortuary-White Mountain Chapel, 320 N. Ninth Street in Show Low, where the public visitation will begin one hour prior. The concluding service and interment will immediately follow at the Lakeside Cemetery in Lakeside. 

Christopher, who was affectionately known as “Bubba” by everyone who knew him, was born on Sept. 27, 1989, in Phoenix to his mother, Donna Marie (Lindstrom) Baird. 

Bubba received his education from the Blue Ridge Unified School District in Lakeside. He was a friend to many there and since high school, Bubba has always enjoyed spending good times with his family and host of friends. His loving mother said, “We all will miss him a great deal.”
He never lacked ways in which to pass his spare time. He was an excellent pool player and bowler. They were his favorite activities and he always looked forward to the times he could play again. When it came to music, he listened to all kinds, as he appreciated it all so much. Bubba also was a really good video player, and had dozens and dozens of games that he enjoyed playing through the years, and, if a good movie was on TV, he could be found watching it.
Bubba was a sports enthusiast and loved to watch the Phoenix Suns play basketball, when possible, as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ and Chicago Cubs’ baseball games. He was not one to shy away from “hooting and hollering” whenever his teams were doing well.
He also was an individual who appreciated spending time in the out-of-doors. He spent countless hours taking long walks wherever his heart desired, and always enjoyed a good camping trip with his family and friends. He enjoyed fishing at a couple of his favorite fishing holes.
Bubba was a special young man who was forthright and honest, and shared everything with his family. He was loved by so many, however none will miss him more than his dear family. 

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Donna and Larry Baird of Snowflake; two brothers, Mike Lindstrom and Jason Lindstrom, both of Snowflake; two nieces, Jordin Lindstrom and Aayla Lindstrom; and one nephew, Aiden Lindstrom. 

A special memorial fund, On Behalf of Christopher Blackwell, has been established at Compass Bank, Account No. 6716343306. Contributions may be made at any branch of Compass Bank, and your generosity will be greatly appreciated by his family.Christopher Blackwell