Christopher Clay Anderson, the most loving husband and wonderful father passed away on April 10th, 2021 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Chris was surrounded by close family just prior to his passing and his wife Melissa and grandson Hayden were at his side as his soul ascended to Heaven. While his spirit has left this Earth, Chris’s kindness, compassion, wit, humor, intelligence, and love will always be a part of everyone who knew and loved him.
Chris is survived by his wife Melissa, his children Caroline, Michael, John, and Peter, his father Robert, his brother Steve, 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins and countless friends who would absolutely consider him part of their families.
Chris was born in Flint, Michigan on July 30th, 1945 to Robert and Jane Anderson. He graduated from Lemoore High School in Lemoore, California in 1963 and from San Jose State University in 1967. Immediately after college, Chris began his career as a Naval Aviator, flying various aircraft but specializing in the A-7 Corsair II.
Throughout the 1970s and into the early 1980s, he found no greater joy than landing his plane at night on the deck of an aircraft carrier as it lurched among the waves of the vast Pacific Ocean. Chris’s service took him and his family to many duty stations including Kingsville & Beeville, Texas, Point Mugu, Lemoore, & China Lake, California, Patuxent River, Maryland, Norfolk, Virginia, and Orlando, Florida and ultimately earned him the rank of Commander. As the 1980s waned, Chris served on the USS Theodore
Roosevelt as its first Strike Operations Officer before culminating his career with a stint at the Naval Training Center in Orlando, Florida.
While retirement from the Navy ended his flying career, Chris’s love of aviation and his unyielding sense of duty to our great nation led him into a long, distinguished second career as an aviation expert and consultant. Of the many projects he was involved in, his years with Lockheed Martin as the Weapons Integration Team Lead for the F-35 Lightning brought him an immense degree of pride and accomplishment.
Notwithstanding his illustrious aviation career, Chris was a wonderful father and even better husband. Chris met his wife of 53 years, Melissa, at Point Mugu, California in 1967. Their bond immediately evident, the two were married only 10 months later and, throughout his life, not a day went by where he did not tell his wife that he loved her and, more importantly, show her the same. Chris worked tirelessly to provide a comfortable, happy, and loving home for Melissa and their four children.
His lighthearted demeanor and unique ability to find at least some degree of humor in virtually every situation permeated his character. He taught his children to always ignore what can’t be done and do what can be done; to focus on what is good and to do what is right. These lessons have been passed down further and have no doubt been learned by many others who have known Chris over the years.
Chris’s final years were spent in Virginia Beach, Virginia, spending time with Melissa, enjoying the company of family and friends and simply making the most of each and every day.
Chris’s passing will have a profound impact on all who knew and loved him. This is a very sad time indeed, however, it is not possible to think of Chris - to think about Chris - without feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the gifts that he has given everyone who knew him. Everyone who has ever known Chris has been blessed with a little bit of his humorous and positive disposition, some degree of his intelligence and wit, a lot of his zest for life and, most importantly, all of the love he had for us.
Rest in Peace. We all love you.